- Shaquille O’Neal was briefly featured within the first episode of the Netflix documentary collection “Tiger King: Homicide, Mayhem, and Insanity.”
- On his podcast, Shaq defined that he had visited the Oklahoma zoo featured within the present on a couple of occassions as a result of he liked tigers, however he didn’t have a relationship with the now-infamous Joe Unique.
- “Pay attention, individuals are going to make their very own opinions, however, once more, I used to be only a customer. I met this man — not my buddy. Do not know him,” O’Neal stated of Unique. “By no means had any enterprise dealings with him, and I had no concept any of that stuff was occurring.”
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NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal made a fairly surprising cameo in the first episode of Netflix’s documentary series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness,” leading some fans to question the extent of his relationship with the now-infamous Joe Exotic.
The show, which gives viewers an inside look at the culture of a private zoo, features Joe Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, as its centerpiece in a wide cast of unbelievable, yet compelling, real-life characters. But with Exotic currently serving a 22-year federal prison sentence on two counts of murder-for-hire and 17 charges of animal abuse, some basketball fans were left wondering how close O’Neal was with him.
—Andi Ambrose (@AndiAmbrose_) March 21, 2020
On his podcast, “The Large Podcast with Shaq,” O’Neal defined that whereas he was a fan of tigers, he was not near Unique himself. O’Neal stated his first encounter with Unique got here out of curiosity after seeing an indication for a tiger sanctuary whereas driving between Dallas and Oklahoma Metropolis.
“So we go in there, and it is a lovely place, and the character that was there was Unique Joe,” O’Neal stated. “We’re there, and I dropped some donations for the tigers’ meals and all that. We take photos with [the] tigers. We went again a pair occasions. Then we return one other time, and we came upon that he is concerned with all of the stuff, after which, really, I finished going.”
“I do not hurt tigers,” O’Neal stated. “I like tigers. I like white tigers. Do I put donations to those zoos to assist these tigers out? I do it on a regular basis. Do I personal tigers personally at my home? No. However I like tigers. Pay attention, individuals are going to make their very own opinions, however once more, I used to be only a customer. I met this man — not my buddy. Do not know him. By no means had any enterprise dealings with him, and I had no concept any of that stuff was occurring.”
Shaq is a bigger than life character in his personal proper, however for basketball followers, it is possible comforting information that his relationship with Joe Unique was minimal.
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