Mike Tyson won’t be charged for punching a plane passenger

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will not be charged after an altercation at San Francisco International Airport last month, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney.

Video of the April 20 incident posted by TMZ shows Tyson repeatedly punching a man while he was on a plane leaving SFO.

According to representatives for Tyson, the man, who was intoxicated, harassed Tyson and threw a water bottle at the former boxer while he was in his seat. Tyson was in San Francisco to promote a new social media app in conjunction with the 4/20 festivities at Golden Gate Park.

San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe told KRON Tuesday morning that his office has concluded its review of allegations that Tyson committed misdemeanor battery.

“We reviewed police reports from the San Francisco Police Department and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and reviewed the various videos law enforcement collected from other people on the plane,” did he declare. “Our decision is that we will not file any charges against Mr. Tyson based on the circumstances surrounding the confrontation. These include the conduct of the victim prior to the incident, the interaction between Mr. Tyson and the victim, and requests from the victim and Mr. Tyson that no charges be brought in this case.

The district attorney’s office said it closed the case.

Video of the altercation, taken on April 20, shows Tyson leaning over the back of his seat and repeatedly punching the other passenger. TMZ said the footage was recorded on a JetBlue plane bound for Florida.

Prior to the physical altercation, the other passenger was seen on video standing over Tyson’s seat – waving his arms and talking animatedly as the former boxer sits quietly.

Tyson’s attorneys praised the district attorney’s decision in a statement Tuesday, thanking law enforcement for their “careful, diligent and professional work.”

Tyson, who is now retired from boxing, was in San Francisco in April for the annual 420 Cannabis Festival at Golden Gate Park, where he was promoting his Tyson 2.0 cannabis brand, the Associated Press reported, quoting SFGate. Tyson had also been promoting a social media app called Relevnt, and was set to “explore the wide range of topics that interest him, from business to history, and from weed to sports and social topics” during the talk. ‘a conversation.

Tyson was previously the youngest heavyweight champion in history in 1987 at age 20. During his career, he won 50 victories, 44 of them by knockout.

In the 1990s, Tyson served three years in prison after being convicted of rape. He maintained his innocence in this case. Tyson was also briefly banned from boxing after infamously biting off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight in 1997.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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