Mike Tyson victim just ‘overly excited,’ lawyer says Tyson used excessive force

Apr 22, 2022 - by Steve Gerweck

The man Mike Tyson repeatedly punched on a JetBlue plane has lawyered up, and the attorney’s first thoughts are suggesting a lawsuit might not be far away.

Attorney Matt Morgan, who reps Melvin Townsend III, tells TMZ, “Our client is a big Mike Tyson fan. When Mike Tyson boarded the plane, he became overly excited. At first, their interaction was cordial.”

He goes on … “At a certain point, Mr. Tyson clearly became agitated by an overly excited fan and began to strike him in an excessive manner. This situation could have been avoided simply by contacting the flight attendant. Our client denies throwing a water bottle prior to being struck by Mr. Tyson.”

As we reported, Tyson’s team told TMZ Townsend had thrown a water bottle at Tyson, before Mike unleashed on him.

Townsend was bloodied and suffered what appear to be minor injuries from the punches. He declined to press charges and both he and Tyson were free to leave after the incident.

Attorney Morgan says, “To state the obvious, as one of the greatest fighters of all time, Mr. Tyson should have exercised greater restraint before using his hands on an overly excited fan.”

As you see in the video, Townsend is all over Tyson before the punches.

A source directly connected to Townsend says he, “Is still in shock and has not made a determination on what his next steps will be. He hired counsel due to his physical injuries, the overwhelming nature of this event and the associated media inquiries.”

It sounds like the book is not closed on this incident, and a lawsuit might be in the offing.

3 Responses

  1. MRK says:

    Sounds like Tyson did show restraint. I’m sure if Tyson didn’t hold back, dude be dead.

  2. jordynne grace’s sub says:

    Good for him. Get paid!!!

  3. Joseph says:

    After watching the video on TMZ I have to say that this whole thing looks like it was staged by the guy and the person filming it. I think the guy instigated this and I wouldn’t be surprised if he did throw a water bottle at Tyson. I don’t think this was just some fan that was too excited. I think he did stuff to provoke Tyson and Tyson reacted. Just watch the video. There’s a gap in between the time the guy is saying something to the camera and him getting punched by Tyson. What happened in the time in between those two events? Why doesn’t the video show that?

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