Mike Tyson’s plane punching bag seemingly did not take pleasure in getting to be the former heavyweight champion’s airplane punching bag.
The man, determined as Melvin Townsend III, noticed receiving pummeled by Tyson in a video that went viral Thursday has lawyered up and could deliver a lawsuit in opposition to the boxer, the lawyer, Matt Morgan, told TMZ.
Morgan presented Townsend’s side of the events on the fateful JetBlue flight, which ended with Townsend sporting bloody cuts on his head and Tyson reportedly exiting the plane, by means of TMZ:
“Our client is a big Mike Tyson supporter. When Mike Tyson boarded the plane, he became overly excited. At first, their conversation was cordial.”
He goes on … “At a selected point, Mr. Tyson plainly turned agitated by an overly enthusiastic admirer and commenced to strike him in an excessive way. This predicament could have been prevented simply by getting in touch with the flight attendant. Our consumer denies throwing a drinking water bottle prior to becoming struck by Mr. Tyson.”
Tyson’s camp had beforehand alleged that Townsend threw a h2o bottle at Tyson even though harassing the boxer, for each ESPN:
“Unfortunately, Mr. Tyson experienced an incident on a flight with an aggressive passenger who commenced harassing him and threw a drinking water bottle at him even though he was in his seat.”
Online video of the incident revealed by TMZ exhibits a seemingly drunk Townsend repeatedly bothering Tyson, who was sitting in entrance of him. Some time later on, video demonstrates Tyson turned backward raining punches down on Townsend, then the aftermath of a surprised-looking Townsend showing his wounds.
The alleged h2o bottle throwing is not found.
Even though Tyson’s camp portrayed Townsend’s perform as harassment, Morgan explained to TMZ that Tyson ought to have exercised bigger restraint considering his nicely-identified punching ability:
Morgan says, “To point out the noticeable, as just one of the best fighters of all time, Mr. Tyson ought to have exercised better restraint in advance of making use of his fingers on an extremely fired up supporter.”
Tyson has not boxed experienced because 2005, but the previous champ has taken portion in a couple of exhibition bouts over the many years, most not long ago dealing with fellow winner Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition match in November 2020.