In what doesn’t come as much of a surprise, many in the MMA community were in full support of Mike Tyson.
The boxing legend made headlines Thursday after it was revealed he repeatedly punched a passenger seated behind him.
The Jet Blue fight which was bound for Florida from San Francisco saw a passenger repeatedly bother and annoy Tyson from behind.
Tyson — who was otherwise friendly with other passengers — asked the man to calm down and when the request was denied, Tyson had enough.
Tyson exited the plane afterward and was followed by the bloodied passenger who was treated and then met with police. As of now, there is no word on whether any charges have been filed.
Tyson has not been arrested either.
Tyson’s representative also issues a statement as well:
“Unfortunately, Mr. Tyson had an incident 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 statement read via TMZ.
According to San Francisco police, the video was sent to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office in charge of investigating the incident. Here’s a police 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 altercation onboard an airplane located at the Domestic Terminal of the San Francisco International Airport,” the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement. “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 … pending further investigation.
“The SFPD is aware of video that possibly captured the incident, which surfaced following the initial investigation. That video has been forwarded to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.”
MMA Fighters Show Support For Mike Tyson
UFC president Dana White tweeted about the incident in a humorous manner later on.
— danawhite (@danawhite) April 21, 2022
He was not the only one as a number of MMA fighters also reacted to the incident — all in favor of Tyson’s actions.
You can view them below:
— Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) April 21, 2022
Drunk, annoying and rude.
Pls don’t be like this guy folks.
I’ve been around Mike and he’s an extremely calm person these days.
This guy must’ve really brought it out of him. https://t.co/WHrKjswBUF
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) April 21, 2022
Just a light thrashing for being an absolutely disrespectful & annoying prick. Tyson could have really hurt him bad if he had intended to.
But hopefully this guy will rethink how he acts to others & in public. In my opinion, this is the simplest & best outcome.
Act right. https://t.co/cSxRrIfRP9
— 𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝖂𝖆𝖗𝖒𝖆𝖘𝖙𝖊𝖗 (@JoshLBarnett) April 21, 2022
I wonder if anything will happen to Mike for that plane incident. Hope not
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) April 21, 2022
I hate people https://t.co/E0iguYj3Dh
— Kay Hansen (@KayHansenMMA) April 21, 2022
You cant Antagonize person especially a fighter and then get mad when you get a reaction. https://t.co/QhYPSxEQgr
— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) April 21, 2022
— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) April 21, 2022
This #%^*in asshole relentlessly verbally attacks @MikeTyson on a airplane and catches an ass whopping.
That’s how it should be! Screw that guy. Lucky he only got smacked a few times!
— Nik “The Carny” Lentz (@NikLentz) April 21, 2022
— Thiago Moisés (@ThiagoMoisesMMA) April 21, 2022
Don't matter how many mushrooms…how much weed…how much DMT….Mike is still Mike. Buddy should've just taken a nap on his own https://t.co/MtKkVNwsLX
— Arjan Singh Bhullar (@TheOneASB) April 21, 2022
Mike Tyson punched dude up on the plane…. Not gonna lie that shit was satisfying to see. People think trolling celebrities is cool, it ain’t. Internet got people to comfortable disrespecting folks & not getting hit in the mouth for it 🤷🏽♀️
— Claressa Gwoat Shields (@Claressashields) April 22, 2022
If you’re being heckled in public like Mike Tyson was you should legally get a hall pass to beat someone’s ass.
This generation thinks they can get away with anything.
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 21, 2022
Middle Easy will keep you updated on any potential developments in this story.