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Boxing legend Mike Tyson was filmed punching on a plane was just an “overly excited fan”, according to the man’s lawyer.
Tyson was filmed punching the man on a JetBlue flight on Thursday. The man and his companion allegedly harassed Tyson for several minutes before the incident. Police did not press charges over the incident and the man’s attorney, Matt Morgan, says Tyson should have contacted a flight attendant.
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“At first, their interaction was cordial,” Morgan told NBC. “At some point, Mr. Tyson got agitated by an overly excited fan and started punching him.”
“This situation could have been avoided simply by contacting a flight attendant,” he added. “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 man allegedly threw a water bottle at Tyson before the fight, although he denies doing so.
Although the man did not press charges for the incident, Tyson could have faced a felony for the fight, Chicago attorney Andrew Stoltmann told Fox News Digital.
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“Historically trained fighters, mixed martial artists, are generally held to a higher standard by both police and judges largely because it goes to intent,” Stoltmann said.
“A trained fighter realizes he has the ability to inflict greater damage than a layman and a typical defense in these sorts of claims is self-defense. Right? Tyson was defending himself from that sir. Well, when you’re the former world champion heavyweight boxer, that defense is almost completely gutted,” he added.