The former champ swiped a treat from a vendor while taking in the action at the New York event on Tuesday (30Aug16), but didn't pay.

And the seller wasn't about to chase after the tattooed fighter, telling the New York Post, "It was Tyson. I recognised him. I didn't want to say nothing to him because he might bite my ear."

The boxer infamously chewed off the top of Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight in 1997.

Tyson's rep, Jo Mignano, has since spoken out to explain the boxer's actions at the U.S. Open, stating, "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. He donated to the USTA scholarship fund. His host, David Slade - the USTA National Manager - got the money from Mike and has made sure the bill has been taken care of."