Mike Tyson Says He Was “Triggered” By The Man He Punched On A JetBlue Flight: He Was F****ng With Me

Mike Tyson, Melvin Townsend III,

Mike Tyson Says He Was “Triggered” By The Man He Punched On A JetBlue Flight: He Was F****ng With Me

Champion boxer Mike Tyson is opening up about his recent fight with an airline passenger.

The athlete spoke about the altercation on a recent episode of his podcast Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson. During the discussion, Mike Tyson, 55, recounted the April 20th incident where he was filmed punching a fellow Jetblue passenger for allegedly throwing a water bottle at him. Referring to the pending assault charges he faced as a result of the incident, the boxer exclaimed:

“Yes!…. They said, they ain’t gonna pick up charges.”

Then continued:

He [was] f**king with me, man….I shouldn’t even be taking public planes and my wife gets mad that I take public planes.”

At the time of the airplane altercation, it was reported that Mike’s agitator, Melvin Townsend III, launched the bottle after the athlete refused to continue chatting with him. The Florida man is seen in the video, seemingly taunting the world champ boxer from the seat behind him. According to Melvins lawyers, however, the former convict was just “overly excited” to meet the decorated athlete.

Further discussing his wife’s desire for private air travel or beefed up security, due to his experience with fan crazed incidents that Mike says “triggers” him, he continued:

“What I’m gonna do on a f**king plane with my, my friends and f***ing,what I guess it’s a what that he supposed to be watch me? A bodyguard and a f***ing … Yes man. What I’m gonna do on a plane? It triggers me.”

After the plane that was headed from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale landed, both Mike and Melvin were met by police escort due to Melvin’s bloodied head. After a short investigation, Melvin opted not to press assault charges, and the San Mateo Police Department followed suit.


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Authored by: Kay Johnson