Mike Tyson Will Not Face Any Charges For Punching The Airline Passenger

By Samantha in Sports On 12th May 2022


Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was recently embroiled in a controversy as a video went viral on social media in which the boxer was seen punching and brutally beating a fellow passenger on an airplane. 

According to The Associated Press, the San Mateo County district attorney’s Office has officially closed the potential case against Tyson.


The District Attorney's office said the decision was made based on “the circumstances surrounding the confrontation.”

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“These include the conduct of the victim leading up to the incident, the interaction between Mr. Tyson and the victim, as well as the requests of both the victim and Mr. Tyson that no charges be filed in this case,” District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said, according to ESPN.



As per AP, the man who was punched by Tyson on the flight did not share much information with the authorities and had even refused to cooperate with the initial investigation.

Finally, the man identified as Melvin Townsend confirmed to the police that he has no intention of pressing charges for the incident. 

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Tyson’s representatives said the boxer was on the flight with “an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a water bottle at him while he was in his seat,” the AP reported.

The video went viral a few weeks back that showed Townsend towering over Tyson's seat and waving his arms while the boxer was seen sitting silently and patiently.

One witness said that Tyson repeatedly asked Townsend to be quiet and not disturb him however the latter paid no heed. 


The video was silently recorded by another passenger who showed only the part where Tyson was beating the passenger.

It is reported that the incident happened on a JetBlue flight from San Francisco to Florida. Tyson, who retired from boxing and is now a cannabis entrepreneur, was in San Francisco in April for the city’s cannabis festival to promote his marijuana brand, the AP reported.

Watch the viral video