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The man who boxing legend Mike Tyson was filmed hitting a plane was, according to the man’s lawyer, just an “overly enthusiastic fan”.
Tyson was filmed hitting the man on a JetBlue flight Thursday. The man and his buddy reportedly harassed Tyson for several minutes before the incident. Police have not made any allegations in connection with the incident, and the man’s lawyer, Matt Morgan, claims that Tyson should have contacted a flight attendant.
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“In the beginning, their interaction was cordial,” Morgan told NBC. “At one point, Mr. Tyson got excited by an overly excited fan and started beating him.”
“This situation could have been avoided by simply contacting a flight attendant,” he added. “To put it bluntly, as one of the greatest fighters of all time, Mr. Tyson should have known not to use his hands on an overly enthusiastic fan.”
The man is said to have thrown a bottle of water after Tyson prior to the fight, though he denies having done so.
While the man has not filed charges for the incident, Tyson could have faced a felony for the clash, Chicago-based attorney Andrew Stoltmann told Fox News Digital.
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“Historically trained fighters, mixed martial artists, are usually held by both police and judges to a higher standard, in large part because it goes according to intent,” Stoltmann said.
“A trained fighter realizes that they have the ability to inflict more damage than a layman, and a typical defense in these kinds of claims is self-defense. No? Tyson defended himself against this gentleman. Well, when you’re the former heavyweight boxing world champion, that defense is almost completely removed, “he added.