Black celebrity privilege.
According to eyewitness accounts, Mike Tyson snagged an ice cream treat out of a freezer at a Ben and Jerry’s kiosk at the U.S. Open and walked away without paying for it.
Mike Tyson was among the glitterati in attendance at Arthur Ashe Stadium this week to take in some opening-round action at the U.S. Open. And as “Iron Mike” is wont to do from time to time, his antics during his appearance invited some semblance of controversy.
According to eyewitness accounts, Tyson snagged an ice cream treat out of a freezer at a Ben and Jerry’s kiosk and walked away without paying for it.
“I was like, ‘Are you serious? Am I imagining this? (Tyson) was like, ‘I feel like having an ice cream’ and he just took it,” said an unidentified worker, via the New York Post. “What are you going to do, fight him? He’s Mike Tyson.”
The former heavyweight champ’s ice cream treat of choice apparently was a “Half Baked” ice cream bar.
A female employee working the stand reportedly yelled, “Excuse me, are you going to pay for that.” An eyewitness states Tyson ignored her and kept on his way to take in Novak Djokovic’s first-round victory over Jerzy Janowicz.
When said employee asked a higher-up about the incident, the supervisor said, "Oh, it’s Mike Tyson, let it go,” according to a witness.
Tyson’s publicist has since downplayed the incident, saying all the hullabaloo can be chalked up to some confusion on Tyson's part.
“There was a misunderstanding,” Joann Mignano 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, David Slade (USTA National Manager), got the money from Mike and has made sure the bill has been taken care of.”
In other words, all’s well that ends well. Tyson got his ice cream bar and the stand got their money. And really, Mike Tyson stealing an ice cream bar at the U.S. Open is a quintessential Tyson tale and deserves inclusion in the expansive pantheon of bizarre Mike Tyson stories.