Mike Tyson’s career and personality have long been clouded by controversy inside and outside the ring. Now he’s brought that problem with him thousands of feet in the air.
Footage circulated Thursday of the 55-year-old former world heavyweight champion punching another passenger during a flight on Wednesday night. Tyson and the passenger, who were on a plane bound for Florida from San Francisco, engaged repeatedly throughout the flight, according to TMZ.
The passenger can be seen constantly leaning over and attempting to speak to Tyson, appearing to upset him. Tyson finally stood up, leaned over his seat and attacked the passenger, throwing several punches at him. A source close to Tyson claimed the passenger was “extremely intoxicated,” according to the report.
This isn’t the first time the controversial Tyson has made headlines. Here’s a look at Tyson’s worst moments and scandals:
Penalty of rape
In 1992, Tyson was convicted of raping 18-year-old Desiree Washington in a hotel room in Indianapolis. He was sentenced to six years in prison, but was released after only three years. He always maintains his innocence.
Marital problems with Robin Givens
Tyson’s first wife, Robin Givens, gave an explosive interview in 1989 detailing her domestic assault and admitting she was afraid of her husband. Givens, who later divorced Tyson, said their three-month marriage was “torture, pure hell, worse than anything I could imagine”.
Bitten Evander Holyfield’s ear
Tyson’s worst moment in the ring came when he returned from his prison sentence. In a rematch with Evander Holyfield, who had stopped Tyson in their first title fight a year prior, Tyson bit off Holyfield’s ear and was later disqualified from the fight, fined and suspended.
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Death threat against Lennox Lewis
In the lead up to a 2002 fight with Lennox Lewis, Tyson said his goal was to “fight professionally but kill him”. That wasn’t the only death threat issued by Tyson, who said of Donovan Ruddock before their 1991 fight, “If he doesn’t die, it doesn’t count.” If he’s not dead, it doesn’t count.
Battles with drug addiction
In his book, “Undisputed Truth,” Tyson admits to having struggled with substance abuse and addiction throughout his early years and career, going so far as to say he was a “full-fledged cokehead” and that he cheated on drug tests, sometimes even fighting while still under the influence of cocaine.
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