TMZ is reporting that Tyson began hitting the man seated behind him on a flight to Florida when the passenger began to bother him. The man was intoxicated, according to media reports.
According to Tyson’s representatives, the man harassed Tyson and threw a water bottle at the former boxer while he was in his seat.
The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. Tyson had been in San Francisco for 4/20 festivities, as KRON4 previously reported. He said he’d be “live and smoking” at Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park to promote a new social media app, according to a press release.
KRON4 reached out to the San Francisco Police Department, which issued the following statement:
“On Wednesday April 20, 2022, at approximately 10:06 p.m., San Francisco Police officers assigned to the SFPD Airport Bureau were dispatched to a physical alternation onboard an airplane located at the Domestic Terminal of the San Francisco International Airport. Officers arrived and detained two subjects that were believed to be involved in the incident.
“One subject was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries. That subject provided minimal details of the incident and refused to cooperate further with the police investigation. Both subjects were released under 849(b) of the California Penal Code pending further investigation.”
SFPD declined to release the names of either person involved in the incident but added that it “is aware of video that possibly captured the incident, which surfaced following the initial investigation.”
San Francisco police said they had forwarded the video to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, which has investigative jurisdiction on the incident.
Tyson once famously bit off part of boxer Evander Holyfield’s ear. He was also convicted of rape and sentenced to six years in prison, though he was released on parole after three years.