A photo of Mike Tyson, former professional boxer, is widely being shared on social media, in which he is wearing a T-Shirt that says, “Trust in God, Not in Vaccine”. The image is being shared with a claim that Mike Tyson is hinting at not taking the coronavirus vaccine.
The post is shared with the caption which reads, “In God we trust.”
The link to the post can be seen here. Similar posts can be seen here, here and here.
NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.
We did a Google Reverse Image Search and found that a similar image was published by the website Sports Bible on November 25, 2020.
In this image, Mike Tyson can be seen in a T-shirt similar to that in the viral Image. But the only difference is that in the original image, the T-Shirt he is wearing has his image printed on it.
The image of Mike Tyson wearing a T-shirt with his image was also published by Sportskeeda.
We found that the original image was uploaded by Mike Tyson on his Instagram page in November 2020. Tyson had shared the image with the caption which read, “We’ve added new tee styles, hoodies, hats, and face coverings to the official Mike Tyson Collection. Click the link in bio and shop all of the new MTC gear.”
We also searched and found no media reports mentioning a similar opinion of Mike Tyson on the coronavirus vaccine – neither his official Instagram nor Twitter handle has any post to show his opinion on the coronavirus vaccine.
A fact-checking website, Check Your Fact spoke to Joann Mignano, publicist of Mike Tyson, who called the viral image ‘photoshopped’.
Hence, we can conclude that the viral image is digitally morphed and Mike Tyson did not wear a T-shirt to promote the anti-vaccine agenda.
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