Mike Tyson’s team finally broke the silence after a widely publicized incident in which the boxing legend is alleged to have assaulted a man who was harassing him on a Jetblue flight.
Footage of the incident shows the man who was seated behind Tyson provoking the former Undisputed Heavyweight World Champion repeatedly.
Tyson initially spoke to the man and posed for a photo with him without any trouble.
But the man seemingly abusedTyson’s amicable manner and continuously badgered the 55-year-old.
According to sources close to Tyson, the alleged victim was “extremely intoxicated” and repeatedly provoked him.
After his request to leave him alone was ignored, ‘Iron Mike’ seemingly lost his cool and the next video showed him getting physical with the man.
Representatives of Tyson have now broken the silence since the incident took place.
They told TMZ that Tyson was provoked by the “aggressive” behavior from the man seated behind him.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Tyson had an incident on a flight with an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a water bottle at him while he was in his seat,” the spokesperson told ESPN.
San Francisco Police have confirmed that two people involved in the incident were detained, with one being treated for injuries.
They also added that one of them “provided minimal details of the incident and refused to cooperate further with the police investigation”.
However, many have came out in support of Tyson. One of them is YouTube personality, Jake Paul.
If you’re being heckled in public like Mike Tyson was you should legally get a hall pass to beat someone’s ass.
This generation thinks they can get away with anything.
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 21, 2022
Another Twitter user referenced the incident that took place last month where Tyson was held at gunpoint. Tyson ended up calming the situation and hugged the man.
“Mike Tyson had a man point a gun at him and ended up hugging him. Whatever this dude did deserved all the smoke.”
Luthfi Prawiro is a writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has a strong passion for combat sports and a BA in Psychology. His undergraduate thesis was on the Sports Psychology of MMA.