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Reps. for Mike Tyson say he punched passenger on JetBlue flight because man threw a water bottle at him

Representatives for former professional boxer Mike Tyson have said the man Tyson punched on a JetBlue airliner this week had verbally assaulted and thrown a water bottle at him.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Tyson had an incident on a flight with an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a water bottle at him while he was in his seat,” the statement from the representatives said.

Video of the altercation shows the unnamed man standing over Tyson, who is seated. The man is yelling obscenities at Tyson, who then punches the man repeatedly. San Francisco police responded to the incident. Officers arrived and detained two subjects that were believed to be involved in the incident.

“One subject was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. That subject provided minimal details of the incident and refused to cooperate further with the police investigation,” police said in a statement.

A witness, Sarah Burchfield, said she had seen the man drinking at a bar in the airport where he was being “loud and belligerent.” When she boarded the plane, she noticed the same man involved in a verbal altercation with Tyson in the first class cabin.

“When I boarded the flight, I thought, ‘Oh, no, that drunk guy is on our flight,” she said. She then noticed Tyson seated on the flight. “The belligerent guy was sitting right behind him and I saw they were interacting,” Burchfield said.

Police said both parties were released from the scene pending further investigation. Tyson later made an appearance on stage at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference Afterparty in Miami Beach, where he promoted his cannabis brand, Tyson 2.0. 

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: KTVU.COM

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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