The wider sports and media landscape was stunned this past week when boxing legend Mike Tyson punched a man who harassed him on a flight. That man has reportedly been identified.
According to NBC, the man Tyson punched has been identified as Melvin Townsend III. Townsend is a 36-year-old who has previously been convicted of various crimes in the state of Florida.
Tyson was seen on video punching Townsend repeatedly while on a JetBlue flight from San Francisco to Miami this past Thursday. Townsend and another unidentified person were reportedly harassing Tyson for a while leading up to the punches being thrown.
Charges have not yet been filed over the incident. However, Townsend's lawyer, Matt Morgan, told NBC that Tyson should have spoken to a flight attendant before hands were thrown:
"At first their interaction was cordial," Morgan said. "At a certain point, Mr. Tyson became agitated by an overly excited fan and began to strike him.
"This situation could have been avoided simply by contacting a flight attendant. To state the obvious, as one of the greatest fighters of all time, Mr. Tyson should have known not to use his hands on an overly excited fan."
A representative for Mike Tyson told E! that in addition to the verbal harassment, one of the two threw a water bottle at him. But the attorney for Townsend said that the men deny this occurred.
It may be days or weeks before any charges are formally filed. If at all.