Nothing comes between Mike Tyson and his ice cream cravings.
According to the New York Post, the former world heavyweight boxing champion stole an ice cream bar at the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City on Monday.
Multiple sources told the tabloid that they saw Tyson lift the freezer lid of a Ben & Jerry's kiosk and swipe a $5.50 ice cream bar without paying for it.
The New York Daily News then spoke with the vendor the next day on Tuesday.
“I was like, ‘Yeah, what do you want me to do? Run after him?’” she recalled a day later. “It was Tyson. I recognized him. I didn't want to say nothing to him because he might bite my ear."
Ouch. But later in the day Monday, that same vendor saw Tyson again and actually approached the Baddest Man on the Planet.
"I said, 'Really, Mike? Really? You took my ice cream,'" she continued telling the Daily News. "He said, 'Yeah, I know, I stole your ice cream.'"
Although it must have been a helpless feeling at the time, it's all a resolved matter now, considering the Daily News reported that someone from Tyson's camp showed up to Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday and paid the vendor for the swiped ice cream bar.
Tyson’s publicist, Joann Mignano, told the Post that the situation was a giant misunderstanding.
“There was a misunderstanding,” she said. “Mike got the ice cream and was going to have the host pay for it as he was running around with his family. He was being pulled in a lot of directions as his daughter, Milan, is a rising tennis star and huge fan of the sport. His host, [USTA national manager] David Slade, got the money from Mike and has made sure the bill has been taken care of.”
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