Former heavyweight boxing champion mike tyson is speaking out after a video of him appearing to punch a man during a robbery on April 20 went viral.
On his podcast Hotboxing with Mike Tyson, the 55-year-old explained: “He was fucking kidding me, man… I shouldn’t even be on public planes. My wife gets mad that I take public planes, but what the fuck am I gonna do on a fucking plane with my friends? »
Tyson also confirmed he took a selfie with the passenger before the incident.
According to CNNSan Mateo County, Calif. District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe declined to file misdemeanor battery charges against Tyson due to the circumstances of the confrontation, including the conduct of the alleged victim, Melvin George Townsend IIIleading to the incident.
“It’s just a matter that doesn’t belong in criminal court,” Wagstaffe said. “If they want to sue each other, that’s their business.”
The video obtained by TMZ Sports appeared to show Tyson on the plane, leaning in his seat and repeatedly punching Townsend. Tyson’s rep released a statement at the time that he had an incident with an “aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a water bottle at him.”
TMZ does not show the entire incident. A water bottle was not visible in the footage and Townsend III denies throwing one at Tyson.
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Townsend’s attorney previously said his client was a “huge Mike Tyson fan” and alleged in a statement last month that “Tyson became agitated by an overly excited fan and began hitting him.”
Wagstaffe said CNN that the two men involved have asked that charges not be filed in the case.