On a Jet Blue flight on Wednesday, legendary boxer Mike Tyson was being antagonized by a fellow passenger and the former prizefighter lost his temper. He turned around, leaned over the back of his seat, and began pummeling a Florida man named Melvin Townsend III.
The video of the incident recorded by one of Townsend’s friends who repeatedly calls him “my boy,” has gone viral, receiving millions of views. But for those who haven’t had the pleasure yet, watch the video here:
In the video, it appears Townsend is trying to be funny, using the premise that he’s asking to buy drugs from Tyson. The videographer can plainly be heard stating:
“Trying to get us some shrooms. He don’t know how to act. Tyson looking out, man.”
Tyson had clearly had enough, and moments later we see Tyson pounding on Townsend. It’s unclear what exactly happened to finally put Tyson over the edge, but it was obvious that Tyson was being provoked. What type of legal or criminal action will ensue because of the incident remains to be seen, but public opinion on social media seemed overwhelmingly supportive of Tyson, suggesting that Townsend had it coming. Now with reports of Townsend’s past, that support will likely increase.
According to a report from USA Today, Townsend had been sentenced in Charlotte County, Florida to 25 months in prison for grand theft, and is known to have “habitual felony offender status’’ as a result. Additionally, Townsend has also been…
“Convicted of fraud by identity theft, trafficking in property known to be stolen, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.”
Melvin Townsend is not exactly a choir boy. He’s also not going to be invited to any Mensa meetings any time soon considering he thought it was a good idea to rile up Mike Tyson, arguably the greatest fighter who has ever lived. It makes us wonder how Townsend managed to survive prison with that type of decision-making. And if Townsend thought that the worst that could happen to him was a Will Smith-style slap to the face, he was sorely mistaken.
By Jordan Case
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