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Representatives for former world champion heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson have said his apparent attack on a passenger on a recent flight was prompted by harassment and a water bottle throw.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Tyson had an incident on a flight with an aggressive passenger who began to harass him,” Tyson’s reps said Thursday, according to TMZ Sports, “and threw a bottle of water at him as he he was in his place.”
The video showed Tyson appearing to punch the passenger in the face, who was bruised and bloody. The passenger also appears to harass Tyson before the 55-year-old takes action:
The passenger reportedly went to law enforcement to report the incident, according to TMZ Sports.
The passenger’s friend told TMZ Sports that the boxer was friendly and even took a selfie with them, but the passenger continued to bother Tyson and didn’t stop when asked. Sources also told TMZ Sports that the passenger was “extremely drunk.”
The incident in question happened at San Francisco International Airport at 1:30 a.m. ET on a red-eye flight to Florida. Tyson got off the flight before the plane took off.
According to TMZ Sports, Tyson is traveling to Miami to speak at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference Afterparty, where he is scheduled to speak Thursday night. He was also supposed to speak at the Cannabis Capital Conference in Miami at 12:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, but was unable to attend due to a flight change.