Attorney Matt Morgan from Morgan & Morgan, now representing Melvin Townsend III, told TMZ in a statement that their client was simply ‘overly excited’.
“Our client is a big Mike Tyson fan. When Mike Tyson boarded the plane, he became overly excited. At first, their interaction was cordial.”
We reported earlier this week that Mike Tyson lost his cool while on a Jet Blue flight because a passenger (Melvin Townsend) was allegedly taunting him repeatedly.
The attorney continues to explain: “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.”
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.”
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.”
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