Hyderabad: A video of former American professional boxer Mike Tyson is viral on social media with a claim that he was offering Islamic prayers in a coffee shop in Los Angeles.

A Twitter user wrote that Tyson along with World Boxing Champion, Swede Bado Jack, and World Kick-boxing Champion, Palestinian A'amer Abdallah was performing Islamic prayers in a coffee store in Los Angeles. The store according to the claim had a board on its door that read, 'No dogs and Muslims allowed'.

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The claim that Tyson was performing Islamic prayers in a coffee shop is false.

Newsmeter checked Badou Jack's Twitter account and found the same video from August 2020. He wrote, "Praying side by side with my brothers @MikeTyson & @TeamAbdallah #muslimbrothers #alhamdulillah".

The logo seen behind Jack and Tyson in the viral video and in the Tweet has the words 'TR' written on the green background. We searched online with the keywords 'TR MIKE TYSON' and found that it stands for 'Tyson Ranch', a licensing and branding company owned by Mike Tyson. TR is the logo of this company.

Tyson had tweeted a picture of himself in September 2020 in which the same background can be seen.

'Tyson Ranch', also tweeted a few photos of the store where the logo is visible in the green background.

Evidently, the claim is false.

Claim Review :   Mike Tyson offer Islamic prayers at Los Angeles coffee shop
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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