Mike Tyson breaks silence about JetBlue fight with overly excited fan, shares wife’s take

Boxing legend Mike Tyson happily shared his thoughts about a recent viral video that showed him pummeling a fellow passenger on a JetBlue flight that was awaiting departure last month.

“Yes, they said they ain’t gonna pick up charges,” Tyson said gleefully on the Friday release of his podcast “Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson.”

“The Baddest Man on the Planet” unleashed punches on his “overzealous” fan Melvin Goerge Townsend III because he reportedly was so excited to see Tyson that he threw a water bottle at him and verbally abused him. Video of the incident shows Tyson reach a breaking point and started raining down fists on the man’s head, leaving his overly excited admireor with a bloody scraped-up face.

“He was f*****g with me man,” the New York native explained, adding,  “I took pictures with this n****.”


(Video Credit: Hotboxin’)

He continued by taking part of the blame himself. Not for throwing the punches though, but for booking a commercial flight in the first place.

“I shouldn’t even be taking public planes,” Tyson told co-host DJ Whoo Kid and his guests Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes. “My wife gets mad I take public planes.”

“What am I going to do on a f*****g plane with my friends and [a bodyguard] he’s supposed to watch me?” he asked?

“A bodyguard and a f*****g yes man. What am I gonna do on a plane?” he added rhetorically.

“It triggered me,” he said.

Tyson was asked if it was a losing situation when he had overzealous fans throwing s**t at him.

“Yes. Totally, 100 percent,” the boxing star agreed.

(Video Credit: TMZ)

Upon review of the incident by the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, they determined that neither Tyson nor his superfan would be charged.

“Yesterday afternoon the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office concluded its review of the case involving Mike Tyson at the San Francisco Airport on April 20, 2022 and the allegation that he committed a misdemeanor battery against another passenger on an airplane while waiting at the terminal prior to departure,” Steve Wagstaffe, district attorney in San Mateo County wrote as reported by ABC7.

“We have reviewed the police reports of the San Francisco Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and have viewed the various videos collected by law enforcement from others on the airplane. Our decision is that we will not file any charges against Mr. Tyson based on the circumstances surrounding the confrontation. These include the conduct of the victim leading up to the incident, the interaction between Mr. Tyson and the victim, as well as the requests of both the victim and Mr. Tyson that no charges be filed in this case.

“We now deem this case closed,” the attorney added.

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