Authorities won’t file criminal charges against former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson after he was videotaped punching another first-class passenger on a plane at San Francisco International Airport last month. last, prosecutors said Tuesday.
The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office said it dismissed the case and decided not to pursue charges based on the “circumstances surrounding the confrontation.”
“These include the conduct of the victim that led to the incident, the interaction between Mr. Tyson and the victim, as well as requests by the victim and Mr. Tyson that no charges be brought. filed in this case,” District Attorney Stephen said. Wagstaffe said in a statement.
Reps for Tyson previously said the boxer was on a flight with “an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a water bottle at him while he was in his seat.”
The April 20 video shows Tyson leaning over the back of his seat repeatedly punching the unidentified man in the head, drawing blood. The footage was first shared by TMZ, which said it was recorded on a Jet Blue 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 “thorough, diligent and professional work.”
The victim appeared loud, quarrelsome
Another passenger on the flight, Sarah Burchfield, told SFGate that she saw the man Tyson punched at an airport bar earlier appear loud and argumentative.
“When I boarded the flight, I thought, ‘Oh, no, this drunk guy is on our flight,'” Burchfield told the outlet.
Since Tyson, 55, retired from boxing, he has worked as an actor, podcaster and cannabis entrepreneur. He 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, SFGate reported.
Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history in 1987 at the age of 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 briefly banned from boxing after infamously biting off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight in 1997.