It looks like Mike Tyson is getting some ammunition for his argument that he was justified in unleashing punches on a fellow passenger on a JetBlue flight about to leave San Francisco International Airport.
According to TMZ, the man who got hit by Tyson, Melvin Townsend III, has a long criminal record. Townsend, 36, was harassing the legendary boxer after they boarded the flight bound for Miami and wouldn’t quiet down when Tyson asked him to, TMZ said. Tyson’s representatives furthermore said the man was extremely intoxicated and threw a water bottle at him while sitting behind him.
Video of the incident shared by TMZ showed Tyson, famous for his ferocious, intimidating boxing style, leaning over his seat and repeatedly punching Townsend.
San Francisco police confirmed that a physical fight had occurred at about 10:06 p.m. Wednesday on the plane in the airport’s domestic terminal. Officers arrived and detained two people. Authorities declined to release the names of the two people.