Mike Tyson seemed very uncomfortable despite being a guest of billionaire business tycoon Robert Kraft as the New England Patriots began their NFL season on Sunday.
The Patriots travelled to take on the Miami Dolphins, and were second best at the Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins ran out 20-7 winners, with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa starring.
As so often the case with sporting events in the 'Magic City', there was no shortage of celebrities in attendance. And Tyson, 58, took his place in a hospitality box, having seemingly been invited by Kraft.
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'The baddest man on the planet' looked in markedly better shape than one of his last public appearances, when he appeared in a wheelchair to prompt fears from fans over his physical state. However, he may not have been aware of the cameras on him during a cringeworthy exchange with Kraft.
In what proved a very awkward handshake exchange, Tyson seemed reluctant to offer his arms. Eventually, the pair settled on bizarrely holding hands for a moment, with neither looking at the other.
The image was soon all over Twitter, and sure enough, NFL fans didn't really know what to make of it: "Mike Tyson and Robert Kraft holding hands…for some reason," wrote reporter Dov Kleiman.
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"If Mike Tyson wants to hold hands, you hold hands. Are you going to tell him no?" joked @JayEsEn87, while @beeweb67 jibed: "Was this supposed to inspire toughness from his team?"
Tyson, who once famously bit the ear of Evander Holyfield during a world title clash, does tend to cut a more relaxed figure these days. He attributes that to his use of cannabis, admitting he spends £34,000 a month on the substance.
However, having come out of retirement for an exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jnr in late 2020, Tyson has also insisted he's not done with the sport. He's currently seeking his next opponent, after talks to fight Logan Paul seemingly fell through.
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