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Phoenix Suns: Morgan Cato named Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations

The Harvard Business School graduate will report to General Manager James Jones and work with head coach Monty Williams in several areas, including leadership and strategy for coaching development, player engagement and front office personnel operations.

Cato most recently served as the NBA’s associate vice president of business operations for League Operations, where she worked on growing the game through strategic initiatives, including a basketball talent pipeline and related programs, the launch of the Basketball Africa League, and advocacy for women and people of color in basketball operations.

“With the league office Morgan played a pivotal role on countless initiatives to grow the game and strategically develop for it to be played at its best,” Jones said in a statement Monday.
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“The addition of her background and knowledge will allow us to elevate our basketball operations in several areas.”

The Suns were a 64-18 record this past regular season, and three games clear of their previous franchise best, before losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals.

Japan judo hits crisis point as bullied, burnt-out children quit

Japan is the home of judo but a brutal win-at-all-costs mentality, corporal punishment and pressure to lose weight are driving large numbers of children to quit, raising fears for the sport’s future in its traditional powerhouse.

Underlining the scale of the problem, the All Japan Judo Federation cancelled a prestigious nationwide tournament for children as young as 10, warning they were being pushed too hard.

A pressure group dedicated to those injured or killed while practicing the martial art says that 121 judo-related deaths were reported in Japanese schools between 1983 and 2016.

Japan regularly dominates the Olympics judo medal table but federation president Yasuhiro Yamashita told AFP that the values of the sport are being lost as parents and coaches chase short-term glory.

“Judo is a sport that emphasizes humanity,” said Yamashita, who is also the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and won gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. “If you see no worth in anything but winning, and the result is all that matters, that gets distorted.”

The number of people taking part in judo in Japan has plummeted by almost half since 2004 to about 120,000, according to the federation’s figures.

Children account for the steepest decline in numbers.

Reports have emerged of primary school children being forced to lose weight — sometimes up to six kilograms — so they can compete in a lighter division.

Young children are taught the same dangerous moves as Olympic athletes and intense training regimes can leave them injured or burnt out.

Parents and coaches have been known to berate referees during matches and corporal punishment still exists, despite reforms in a sport that has been plagued by abuse and bullying scandals over the years.

The All Japan Judo Federation decided to take action in March by cancelling a national tournament for elite children aged between 10 and 12, planning to replace it with events such as lectures and practice sessions.

The backlash was fierce with angry parents and coaches accusing the federation of dashing children’s dreams and jeopardizing Japan’s status as the bastion of judo.

Junior high school student Rion Fukuo, 13, a regional champion last year, told AFP at her judo club in the central Shizuoka region that she “feels sorry” for this year’s primary school children who have no tournament to aim for.

Kosuke Moroi, whose 12-year-old daughter attends the same club, said he was “disappointed” when he first heard the news but concluded it was “a good decision” after learning more about the reasons.

Yamashita said scrapping the competition had put a spotlight on “a problem that involves Japanese society”.

“It’s been two-and-a-half months since we decided to cancel the competition and people are still debating it on TV and in newspapers,” he said, adding that most opinions “have been in favor”.

Judo and other martial arts were used for military training in Japan before World War II and servicemen would visit schools to give lessons.

Martial arts were banned during the post-war US occupation but they later were recognized as sports, with judo making its Olympic debut at the 1964 Tokyo Games.

Noriko Mizoguchi, a Japanese judoka who won silver at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, said a belief that corporal punishment makes children stronger was still common in Japan.

“One thing that has stuck to coaching in Japanese sports is that it doesn’t use words, it uses violence,” she said. “There’s a co-dependence, like with domestic violence, as if being hit is like being shown affection.”

Coaches who use corporal punishment can be stripped of their licenses but parents are harder to control.

Hisako Kurata, a representative of the Japan Judo Accident Victims Association, said most parents “don’t think about the danger and just want their child to win”.

“Parents think that if their child wins a title, they’ll be happy, they think they’re doing it for their child,” said Kurata, whose 15-year-old son died in 2011 as a result of a head injury sustained at his high-school judo club.

“The parents end up having the same win-at-all-costs mentality as the judo club and they contribute to it.”

Mizoguchi, who has coached in France, said judo was “not fun” for Japanese children and that the “macho culture” surrounding the sport has had its day.

“You have to treat each kid with care and have a long-term vision for the future, otherwise Japanese judo has reached its limit,” she said. “Old-school coaches are scared that if we do away with the kids’ competitions, Japanese judo will lose its strength. I think it will actually become stronger.”

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Japan to face United States in September friendly in Europe

Japan will face fellow World Cup qualifier the United States in one of two September friendlies in Europe, the Japan Football Association said Tuesday.

Japan, 23rd in the FIFA rankings, will take on the 15th-ranked United States on Sept. 23 in a country to be announced at a later date. The Americans have reached the World Cup in Qatar — their first in eight years after missing the 2018 edition in Russia — following a third-placed finish in qualifying out of CONCACAF, the confederation covering North and Central America as well as the Caribbean region.

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NRL 2022: Brent Kite, Manly Sea Eagles star, hindering police, Queanbeyan Local Court

Former NRL star Brent Kite changed his tune in court on Tuesday after his previous bizarre rant following a run-in with police.

Former Rugby League star Brent Kite changed his tune during a hearing at Queanbeyan Local Court on Tuesday.

The former Penrith, Manly and St George prop faced charges of driving unregistered, driving uninsured, failing to show his licence, and hindering police relating to an incident in February.

When Kite first fronted Queanbeyan Court on February 28, he pleaded not guilty to all charges and launched into a bizarre rant.

He told Magistrate Rodger Clisdell he had “no authority” over him and demanded to face trial with a jury and two magistrates; a request to which Magistrate Clisdell responded “I can cut myself in half if it helps”.

However on Tuesday Kite, clad in fluoro orange workwear, was considerably calmer at court.

Representing himself in court he asked Mr Clisdell questions about the maximum penalties of the charges against him before considering his plea.

After being told the charge of hindering police came with a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment, while the other charges were fine only offences, he told the court he considered it best to expedite the matters by pleading guilty to all charges.

Kite told the court he was having a rough day when the incident occurred, citing “moving away from his boys” and having the kind of hard day at work which “makes you question your choices”.

He told the Magistrate he hoped to get back to work after dealing with the court matters and apologised for his informal workwear attire.

“I’ve given the boys a bit of a hard time,” Kite said in regards to his behaviour towards police.

“I didn’t mean to offend you,” he said to Mr Clisdell.

“You were a bit worked up the last time,” Mr Clisdell replied.

“I don’t hold grudges.”

The agreed Statement of Facts state on February 9 at 4.24pm Queanbeyan Police Officers were conducting randomised registration checks and found Kite driving an unregistered car.

Kite pulled over at Lowe Street, Queanbeyan and officers told him his car was not registered.

“Is that the law?” Mr Kite replied.

Police asked Kite to wind down his window for a breath test but he refused.

Police turned on their body cameras and told Kite he was being recorded.

Kite asked police “Why have you pulled me over” and police again explained he had an unregistered vehicle.

Police asked Kite to show a licence and first he did not respond, then he said “If I have committed an offence arrest me then”.

Kite continued to argue with police for 14 minutes before police used force to gain entry into the car.

The rugby league star was arrested and sent to the Queanbeyan Police Station.

Convictions were recorded for all four charges.

Clisdell ultimately fined Kite a total of $500 with 28 days to pay; $200 for hindering police and $100 each for the three other charges.

Ria Ledwaba is confident of overthrowing Danny Jordaan

The irony will not be lost on discerning football fans that Ria Ledwaba, who is campaigning to topple Danny Jordaan as president of the South African Football Association (Safa), once backed him. Some followers say the local game’s governing body would be better served being led by someone new, as what difference would Ledwaba make that she couldn’t in almost a decade as a top Safa official?

She has been vice-president and on the national executive committee (NEC) for the past few years, so why has she not used her position to ensure the success she now promises to bring about as Safa president?

“I understand why you’d ask that,” Ledwaba says from deep in the bowels of the FNB Stadium, after the media conference to announce her manifesto as president. “But I’ve tried for years to do just that.”

Earlier, she’d said: “As a reporter, when you have a story, you go to your editor and pitch it. If he turns it down, you don’t go out writing that your story was turned down, do you? It is the same with the Safa NEC. It is an organisational structure where you raise your ideas and when you are defeated, you abide by the decisions taken. But I want to change that structure. We’ve got to get to a point where we realise that the majority is not always right.”

Jordaan is essentially the one-man majority that has defeated Ledwaba, to the extent that she has had to seek legal recourse. The veteran football administrator and former Ria Stars FC owner has sought a postponement ahead of the presidential elections scheduled for 25 June as she strives – among other things – to limit the presidential mandate to two terms, as per “the preamble to the Safa constitution”. Jordaan is standing for a third term.

She says the elections are not going to be fair. “You must have free and fair elections. For me, we can even have the elections in 2023.”

Ledwaba told the media that she wouldn’t be surprised if she was suspended before the elections, given Safa’s pending case against her. But she remains defiant: “I can never be bullied by anyone. I will not worship anyone, but I will worship the statutes.”

She was referring to being barred from making a public statement before her nomination was ratified. “I can’t just wake up and send out a circular just because I am the president and prohibit a press conference. We need change. We need to move from being a problematic organisation to being a winning nation.”

A convincing pitch

Ledwaba says she is capable of doing just that for Safa. She listed several issues – from grassroots development and schools football to women’s football, national teams, financial and commercial, supporters, match officials and governance – that she plans to focus on to ensure South Africa wins again. Like most “politicians”, her pitch sounded convincing. 

There was a sound plan to get “legends involved in coaching schools soccer”. And her reasoning that the association struggles to attract commercial backing because “sponsors do not sponsor Safa but invest in a leadership in whom they believe” made sense. Then she laid it on thick about the role she played in ensuring that the development of Banyana Banyana players was taken to a higher level by basing them at the High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria, from which a good number have made it to overseas clubs.

Ironically, it was her stance on Banyana a few years ago that caused many to feel Ledwaba was “one of the boys” at Safa and that for someone who claimed to stand for women’s emancipation, she spoke like the old men running the game. She said then that Banyana players needed to look more feminine and dress differently, on and off the pitch.

She chuckles as I remind her of that. “I remember that some people didn’t take kindly to my views about how Banyana looked. All I was saying was that I’d seen other women soccer players putting on make-up to go on to the pitch and that there’s nothing wrong with that. I felt that we could get the girls the proper feminine kit instead of getting them to wear the men’s kit.

“I was not saying our girls should change who and what they are. All I wanted was for them to feel confident in being women in a so-called men’s game, without feeling like they must act like men. Some girls were being influenced to change because of how they found those inside the team were.

“But that intervention changed the face of Banyana because we began to have new role models like Amanda Dlamini, who influenced the other girls to know that they could look like girls and still play football. But we still allowed the girls to be themselves.”

High-level enablers

Ledwaba and the NEC have allowed Jordaan to be. She was among the Safa leaders who remained quiet when Jordaan stood accused of rape. Instead of suggesting that he stand aside as president until the case ended, Ledwaba called for the public and the media to refrain from judging Jordaan and leave that to the courts. So her stance now in going against the man she previously praised for giving women a chance to lead is going against the grain. 

She begs to differ. “If Danny is honest, he will tell you that while I’ve never had a conflict with him in the NEC, I used to tell him personally about the things I felt he was making mistakes on. And 99% of the time he agreed with me only to later not act on that. I’ve said to him many times, let’s have pre-discussions where we can advise him prior to meetings.

“But it is not true to suggest that I’ve always been a backer of Danny. One thing I learnt about this association is that you need to put everything down in writing when you communicate, and I have lots of letters that I can share to show that I’ve been calling for all these things that I am promising to do when I become president.”

Her quest is not about toppling Jordaan, she says. “I told the people who nominated me that I didn’t want to stand against that kind of leadership,” which treated her poorly by suspending her as vice-president. “But I have an obligation to not be afraid so that the next generation does not have to fight the same fight that I have fought.”

She insisted that her fight is not against Jordaan. You’ve “gotta have balls” to take on Jordaan, she said. “For me, it is not about challenging Danny. He remains my president. I never considered him when I made my decision to stand.”

Confident of an overthrow

Interestingly, Ledwaba spoke at length about how she attempted to tell Jordaan that she had been asked to stand for the presidency. “I informed him when I was approached. I called him and he responded to my WhatsApp message and said we would have a meeting. I even wrote him a letter informing him that I would be consulting with the country’s political leadership [the ANC, DA and EFF]. After that I called him to ask for a meeting because I wanted to hear his views.”

Ledwaba said Jordaan snapped at her in front of the other NEC members at a meeting to appoint Bafana coach Hugo Broos. “This breaks my heart. I asked him when we were going to have the meeting I’d asked for and he lost it and shouted at me, ‘I am not going to meet with you. You are not a candidate.’ He was banging the table.” She insinuated that this marked the beginning of the drama that preceded her being vetted as a presidential candidate. 

Between her suspension fears and pending court case to stall the elections, time will tell if Ledwaba gets to the polls on 25 June. Yet she is in no doubt that should the elections proceed, she will dethrone her one-time ally who has now become a bitter adversary. “I have overwhelming support. That’s why there’s a lot of panic [in the opposition camp],” she said during the press conference.

Later, I asked how she could be so certain of this support, given that Safa had prohibited her from campaigning until she was officially announced as a candidate. “The circular barred us from public pronouncements like press conferences. But I could call and speak to the members, and they are in support of us. They also want change.”

Many support Ledwaba becoming the first woman to preside over Safa and the change she promises to bring about, including football legends Mark Fish, Malombo Lechaba and Brian Baloyi, who were at the press conference. Over the years though, the reality has been that Jordaan’s opponents in Safa elections either end up being thoroughly thrashed – remember Mandla Mazibuko – or don’t make it to the polls, like Ace Ncobo. But it could well be a peculiar case of third time’s the charm with Ledwaba.

This article was first published by New Frame.

World swimming bans transgender athletes from women’s events

World swimming’s governing body has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events, starting Monday.

FINA members widely adopted a new “gender inclusion policy” on Sunday that only permits swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women’s events. The organization also proposed an “open competition category.”

“This is not saying that people are encouraged to transition by the age of 12. It’s what the scientists are saying, that if you transition after the start of puberty, you have an advantage, which is unfair,” said James Pearce, who is the spokesperson for FINA president Husain Al-Musallam.

“They’re not saying everyone should transition by age 11, that’s ridiculous. You can’t transition by that age in most countries and hopefully you wouldn’t be encouraged to. Basically, what they’re saying is that it is not feasible for people who have transitioned to compete without having an advantage.”

Pearce confirmed there are currently no transgender women competing in elite levels of swimming.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health just lowered its recommended minimum age for starting gender transition hormone treatment to 14 and some surgeries to 15 or 17.

FINA’s new 24-page policy also proposed a new “open competition” category. The organization said it was setting up “a new working group that will spend the next six months looking at the most effective ways to set up this new category.”

Pearce said that the open competition would most likely mean more events, but those details still need to be worked out.

“No one quite knows how this is going to work. And we need to include a lot of different people, including transgender athletes, to work out how it would work,” he said. “So there are no details of how that would work. The open category is something that will start being discussed tomorrow.”

The members voted 71.5% in favor at the organization’s extraordinary general congress after hearing presentations from three specialist groups – an athlete group, a science and medicine group and a legal and human rights group – that had been working together to form the policy following recommendations given by the International Olympic Committee last November.

The IOC urged shifting the focus from individual testosterone levels and calling for evidence to prove when a performance advantage existed.

Criticism from some groups

FINA’s “deeply discriminatory, harmful, unscientific” new policy is “not in line with (the IOC’s) framework on fairness, inclusion and non-discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sex variations,” Anne Lieberman of Athlete Ally, a nonprofit that advocates for LGBTQ athletes, said in a statement.

“The eligibility criteria for the women’s category as it is laid out in the policy (will) police the bodies of all women, and will not be enforceable without seriously violating the privacy and human rights of any athlete looking to compete in the women’s category,” Lieberman said.

FINA said it recognizes “that some individuals and groups may be uncomfortable with the use of medical and scientific terminology related to sex and sex-linked traits (but) some use of sensitive terminology is needed to be precise about the sex characteristics that justify separate competition categories.”

Who is swimmer Lia Thomas?

In March, Lia Thomas made history in the United States as the first transgender woman to win an NCAA swimming championship, the 500-yard freestyle.

Thomas said last month on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she was aiming to become an Olympic swimmer. She also disputed those who say she has an unfair biological edge that ruins the integrity of women’s athletics, saying “trans women are not a threat to women’s sports.”

Thomas didn’t immediately respond to a message left with the University of Pennsylvania seeking comment.

Dr. Alireza Hamidian Jahromi, co-director of the Gender Affirmation Surgery Center at Temple University Hospitals in Philadelphia, said 12 is an arbitrary age.

“Where did that 12 come from?” he said. “Is that a specific age that everybody is supposed to have passed through puberty, because it may not be the case.”

Age of puberty varies for different people, he said.

Hamidian Jahromi said the transition involves three stages: social, medical involving hormones and surgical. “Which of these three do they mean? Should the patient have undergone surgery by that time, which is almost impossible,” he said.

Other sports have also been examining their rules around transgender athletes.

On Thursday, cycling’s governing body updated its eligibility rules for transgender athletes with stricter limits that will force riders to wait longer before they can compete.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) increased the transition period on low testosterone to two years, and lowered the maximum accepted level of testosterone. The previous transition period was 12 months but the UCI said recent scientific studies show that “the awaited adaptations in muscle mass and muscle strength/power” among athletes who have made a transition from male to female takes at least two years.

Noah Syndergaard gives bullpen breather in Angels’ loss to Royals

Noah Syndergaard gave an overworked Angels bullpen a much-needed breather Monday night, throwing 7 1/3 innings against the Kansas City Royals after relievers had combined for 19 innings in a five-game, four-day series at Seattle.

The Angels’ offense did no such favors for Syndergaard, mustering two runs and seven hits in a 6-2 loss before 22,234 at Angel Stadium, their three-game winning streak snapped by a last-place team with a 24-42 record.

An aberration this wasn’t. Mike Trout might be the hottest hitter in baseball, but an Angels offense that hit .250 with a .747 on-base-plus-slugging percentage and averaged 4.7 runs per game in April and May is hitting .202 with a league-worst .590 OPS and 207 strikeouts and averaging 2.75 runs in 20 games in June.

“We hit some balls hard — sometimes they don’t fall,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “I thought we had some good at-bats throughout. I mean, were they consistent throughout? Probably not, but we did hit a lot of balls hard tonight.”

Trout hit five home runs to help the Angels win four of five games in Seattle, and when he smoked a single to left field in the first inning off Royals left-hander Kris Bubic, who entered with an 0-4 record and 8.36 earned-run average, Nevin believed the Angels were headed for a good offensive night.

“When Trouty hits a bullet for a hit in his first at-bat, you’re sitting here going, ‘All right, our guy came today,’” Nevin said. “You think the boys are going to roll tonight.”

But the Angels managed only two runs and six hits in six innings off Bubic, who struck out seven and walked two to earn his first victory, and they were unable to put a dent in the Royals’ bullpen, which covered the final three innings.

Syndergaard, who fell to 4-6 this season, did what he could to keep the Angels in the game. He was tagged for two runs in his first four pitches. Whit Merrifield led off the game with a single and Andrew Benintendi drove a two-run homer to right field for a 2-0 lead before Syndergaard blanked Kansas City on two hits from the second through the fifth.

Taylor Ward pulled the Angels even with a solo homer in the third and an RBI single in the fifth, but Nicky Lopez’s two-out, RBI double in the seventh gave the Royals a 3-2 lead and Salvador Perez knocked Syndergaard out of the game with a booming two-run homer to center field in the eighth for a 5-2 lead. A solo homer by Hunter Dozier off Angels reliever Jaime Barría made it 6-2 in the eighth.

Angels interim manager Phil Nevin talks with starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the mound.

Angels interim manager Phil Nevin (88) talks with starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) on the mound during a game against the Kansas City Royals on Monday at Angel Stadium.

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“Yeah, I felt like I was cruising for the most part, made it into the eighth,” said Syndergaard, who gave up five runs and eight hits, striking out five and walking two. “But when you look at the final line, it’s kind of whatever.”

Nevin believed there was a bigger-picture significance to Syndergaard’s effort, though. The team’s top three late-inning relievers — closer Raisel Iglesias and setup men Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup — had each pitched Saturday and Sunday and weren’t available Monday night.

“I’m not going to get into what was available [in the bullpen], what was not, but we didn’t have a lot,” Nevin said. “So for him to get into the eighth … it was gutsy. It was a veteran guy understanding what we did this weekend. For Noah to pitch that deep and protect those guys, protects his teammates, down on the ’pen tonight, was huge for us going forward in the rest of this series.”

Matt Duffy made his fifth start at third base in the seven games the Angels have played without Anthony Rendon, who underwent season-ending surgery Monday to repair a dislocated tendon in his right wrist.

Rendon, who has provided minimal return so far on the seven-year, $245-million investment the Angels made in him before 2020, also had his 2021 season cut short by a right hip injury in early July.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing news,” Angels general manager Perry Minasian said before the game. “I feel really bad for him. He was really motivated to have a big season for us. It was something he tried to play through, which a lot of guys wouldn’t have, but it was too painful.”

Minasian is exploring a possible trade for a third baseman — “We’re always trying to improve, short term, long term,” he said — but the right-handed-hitting Duffy figures to get the bulk of the starts there for now, with the left-handed-hitting Tyler Wade filling in. David Fletcher would be a strong third base candidate when he returns from adductor surgery in July.

Summer of glove

Brandon Marsh raced in and made a diving catch of Whit Merrifield’s third-inning flare and raced back toward the warning track and made a leaping grab of Bobby Witt Jr.’s sixth-inning drive Monday night, the latest in a string of strong defensive plays by the Angels left fielder this season.

Marsh entered Monday with six defensive runs saved, according to Sports Info Solutions, tying him with Cleveland’s Steven Kwan and Minnesota’s Trevor Larnach for the major league lead among left fielders.

“It’s cool hearing that, but whether it’s two runs or 50 runs saved, we’re just trying to win ballgames,” Marsh said. “I just try to make sure I’m in the right spot, getting good reads, good jumps, taking good routes on the ball.”

Marsh has played all three outfield spots throughout his professional career, but left field is the one he has played the least of. But through extensive work with outfield coach Damon Mashore, Marsh has become especially adept at going back on balls and chasing down balls toward the line and the gap.

“We work on that stuff daily, if not every other day,” Marsh said. “I can’t get complacent. I have to keep grinding, keep playing like I’m at the bottom of that list.”

Nevin said Marsh is “one of the best” defensive outfielders in the game.

“The numbers say so,” Nevin said. “The jumps he gets, the reads he gets, are outstanding. Everyone looks at the diving play, but the ball he went back on in left-center field is a very tough ball to catch. You can get turned around easily on that one. But Marshy is one of the top defensive left fielders in the game.”

Mike Tyson flying again after punching passenger on flight: report

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Legendary boxer Mike Tyson was seen strolling through LAX for a flight, just two months after a viral video showed him punching another airline passenger.

Tyson on Friday told TMZ Sports, which captured video of him walking through the airport, that the incident from April is not on his mind.

Mike Tyson attends the weigh-in for boxers Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant on November 5, 2021 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mike Tyson attends the weigh-in for boxers Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant on November 5, 2021 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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When asked by a videographer for the outlet if he is worried about who sits behind him on a plane, Tyson said, “No way!”

The former boxer then proceeded to tout his new marijuana brand.

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Former professional boxer Mike Tyson attends Celebration of Smiles Event hosted by Dionne Warwick on her 81st Birthday on December 12, 2021 in Malibu, California. 

Former professional boxer Mike Tyson attends Celebration of Smiles Event hosted by Dionne Warwick on her 81st Birthday on December 12, 2021 in Malibu, California. 
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“That’s what I’m about now, man. I’m all about Tyson 2.0,” he said.

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Tyson was asked by TMZ, just before he went through a security door, about advice he would give celebrities who face fans like the one he struck.

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Former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson attends the official weigh-in between Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant on November 5, 2021 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson attends the official weigh-in between Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant on November 5, 2021 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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“Love them,” Tyson responded.

The fan he punched in April hired a lawyer after the incident, but a California district attorney declined to file charges against the former Heavyweight champion.