Man Mike Tyson Allegedly Punched in Face 'Refused To Cooperate' With Police

The man Mike Tyson is alleged to have punched repeatedly in the face while onboard a plane has refused to cooperate with police investigating the incident.

In footage shared by TMZ, a man resembling the 55-year-old veteran boxer was shown striking a man seated behind him in the face as they waited for their Florida-bound flight to take off from San Francisco International Airport on Thursday night.

In the footage, the man who had been punched was seen showing that one side of his forehead had been left cut and bloodied. Tyson stormed off the plane—reported to be a JetBlue aircraft—moments after the incident took place, per TMZ.

A spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) has since told Newsweek that both Tyson and the other passenger were questioned about the incident, though the unnamed man opted not to cooperate with the investigation.

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Mike Tyson attends the OneOf GRAMMY after party at the Hakkasan Las Vegas restaurant and nightclub on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas. A man Tyson allegedly punched on a plane on Wednesday night has refused to cooperate with police investigating the incident. Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for OneOf

In a statement, the SFPD said that "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.

"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."

The statement continued: "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."

A representative of Tyson told Newsweek that the pugilist had been disturbed on the flight by an unruly passenger.

"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 spokesperson said in a statement.

In the seconds-long footage shared by TMZ on Thursday, a voice could be heard saying, "Hey Mike, stop that," as the camera appeared to catch Tyson hitting the man.

According to reports, Tyson had happily posed for photos with fans before the incident, and was also shown on video smiling along with the man he later punched as he engaged him in playful banter.

However, the clip then cut to the man being filmed pulling a sad face as he showed bloodied cuts to the side of his head, with a voice saying off camera that he "just got beat up by Mike Tyson."

"Yeah, he got f***ed up," the person off-camera continued. "He was trying to ask for an autograph, man. I don't know what happened."

Tyson had reportedly asked the man to leave him alone before the incident.

Hours before the incident would have taken place, Tyson's Instagram posts indicate that he attended San Francisco's Hippie Hill 4/20 event, which celebrates all things cannabis.

Newsweek has contacted representatives of JetBlue for comment.

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Mike Tyson, left, and Trevor Berbick fight during a heavyweight boxing match on November 22, 1986 at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada. In footage shared by TMZ, a man resembling Tyson was shown striking a man seated behind him in the face as they waited for their Florida-bound flight to take off from San Francisco International Airport on Thursday night. Focus on Sport/Getty Images