Boxing legend Mike Tyson should not have stepped into the ring with a fellow aircraft passenger says the alleged sufferer’s authorized crew.
Lawyers representing the person who was allegedly punched within the face by Tyson on a latest JetBlue flight are sharing their shopper’s model of the story.
In a press release obtained by NBC, legal professional Matt Morgan of Morgan &Morgan described his shopper, Melvin George Townsend III, as a “big Mike Tyson fan” who “became overly excited” upon seeing the heavyweight boxing champion on an April 20 flight from San Francisco.
“At first their interaction was cordial,” Morgan famous. “At a certain point, Mr. Tyson became agitated by an overly excited fan and began to strike him.”
“This situation could have been avoided simply by contacting a flight attendant,” Morgan continued. “To state the obvious, as one of the greatest fighters of all time, Mr. Tyson should have known not to use his hands on an overly excited fan.”
The legal professional added that his shopper additionally “denies throwing a water bottle prior to being struck by Mr. Tyson.”
On April 21, a rep for Tyson advised E! News that Townsend–who was sitting instantly behind the skilled boxer–was bothering him and had additionally thrown a water bottle on the athlete whereas he was in his seat.
In a video from the altercation obtained by TMZ, Tyson might be seen repeatedly placing a passenger within the head whereas one other man makes an attempt to intervene.
In an April 21 assertion, the San Francisco Police Department advised E! News that authorities had been “dispatched to a physical altercation on board an airplane located at the Domestic Terminal of the San Francisco International Airport.” They then “detained two subjects that were believed to be involved in the incident.”
“One subject was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries,” the SFPD famous. “That subject provided minimal details of the incident and refused to cooperate further with the police investigation.”
According to the SFPD, each topics have been subsequently launched and are “pending further investigation.”
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