Friday, September 30, 2022

Video shows Mike Tyson punching an airline passenger

SAN FRANCISCO ( Associated Press) – Officers were investigating Thursday after former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was recorded on video thrashing a fellow passenger on a plane at San Francisco International Airport.

The video shows Tyson leaning against the back of his seat, repeatedly striking the unidentified man in the head, drawing blood. The footage was first uploaded to TMZ. was shared byWho said it was recorded on a Jet Blue plane bound for Florida.

“Unfortunately, there was an incident involving Mr. Tyson with an aggressive passenger who started harassing him and threw a water bottle at him,” Tyson’s representatives said in an email to the Associated Press.

Before the physical altercation, the video shows the man standing in Tyson’s seat, waving his arms and talking animatedly, while the former boxer sits quietly.

San Francisco police responded to a “physical altercation” on a plane at the airport’s domestic terminal at around 10 p.m. Wednesday, officials said.

“Officers arrived and detained two subjects who were believed to be involved in the incident. One subject was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. That subject gave minimal details of the incident and refused to cooperate further with the police investigation,” police said in a statement on Thursday.

Both were released pending further investigation, the statement said.

Another passenger on the flight, Sarah Burchfield, said she saw the man Tyson punched in the airport bar, which at first seemed loud and rambunctious.

“When I boarded the flight, I thought, ‘Oh, no, that drunk guy is on our flight,'” Birchfield told SFGate.,

Birchfield said she passed Tyson’s seat in the first class section of the plane when she boarded.

“The belligerent man was sitting right behind him and I saw that they were talking,” she said. After a while, he heard a confrontation in first class, she said.

San Francisco police said the video was shared with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, which has jurisdiction over the airport.

“We are not releasing details of the incident because it is an active investigation,” sheriff’s officials said.

JetBlue did not immediately respond to an email seeking additional details.

Since the 55-year-old Tyson retired from boxing, he has worked as an actor, podcaster and cannabis entrepreneur. SFGate reported that he was in San Francisco for the annual 420 cannabis festival at Golden Gate Park, where he was promoting his cannabis brand Tyson 2.0.

Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history in 1987 at the age of 20. During his career he won 50 victories, of which 44 by knockout.

Tyson was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of rape in the 1990s. He has maintained his innocence in this case.

Tyson was briefly barred from boxing in 1997 after infamously biting off a part of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight.

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