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Boxing icon Mike Tyson will avoid criminal charges for his recent fight with another passenger on an April JetBlue flight from San Francisco to Miami.
Tyson made headlines around the world last month when he was the subject of a viral video that saw him punching a man on a JetBlue flight across the country. A separate video after the incident showed Melvin Townsend III – the man identified on the wrong side of Tyson’s punches – with a bloody and scarred face.
Representatives for the former heavyweight champion claimed that Tyson was subjected to harassment and heckling. “Unfortunately, Mr. Tyson had an incident on a flight with an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a bottle of water at him while he was seated in his seat,” a statement said.
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Many wondered if there would be any fallout from the incident and if “Iron Mike” could face charges from local authorities. That seemed unlikely in the days following the altercation when San Francisco Police Department officials revealed that Townsend “provided minimal details about the incident and refused to cooperate further with the police investigation.”
Well, the 55-year-old is officially safe after the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office informed TMZ Sports Tuesday that due to “the conduct of the victim leading up to the incident, the interaction between Mr. Tyson and the victim, as well as requests by the victim and Mr. Tyson” that no charges will be filed against Legend boxing.
“We thank San Mateo District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe, San Mateo County Sheriff, and all law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation for their thorough, diligent, and professional work,” the attorneys said. of Tyson in a statement.
- Mike Tyson record: 50-6 (44 KOs)
Mike Tyson returned to the boxing ring in 2020 to take on fighter great Roy Jones, Jr. in an exhibition bout for Triller Fight Club. The fight was one of the best-selling pay-per-view events of the past decade.