Joe Exotic hosted plenty of friends at his G.W. Zoo over the a long time, which include NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.
The NBA legend, who produced an unforeseen visual appearance in Netflix’s strike docuseries “Tiger King,” recently dealt with his 2014 encounter at the Oklahoma park on “The Large Podcast with Shaq,” stating he really “stopped going” on learning about Exotic’s checkered things to do.
“So we go in there, and it’s a wonderful place, and the character that was there was Unique Joe. We’re there and I dropped some donations for the tigers’ foods and all that,” O’Neal comprehensive. “We take shots with tigers. We went back a pair situations.”
O’Neal, also a significant cat enthusiast, ongoing: “Then we go again yet another time and we identified out that he’s involved with all the things, and then, essentially, I stopped going.”
Exotic was discovered guilty final 12 months in a murder-for-seek the services of plot on Florida rival Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist and operator of Major Cat Rescue. He was also accused of animal cruelty and is at the moment serving a 22-yr sentence, not too long ago seeking a presidential pardon.
O’Neal mentioned Exotic is “not” his pal, and that he doesn’t “know him.”
“I do not hurt tigers. I like tigers. I love white tigers. Do I place donations to these zoos to enable these tigers out? I do it all the time. Do I possess tigers personally at my household? No. But I love tigers,” O’Neal said.
“Listen, persons are heading to make their very own thoughts, but, yet again, I was just a visitor. I achieved this dude — not my friend. Really don’t know him. In no way experienced any company dealings with him, and I had no notion any of that things was heading on,” he continued.
O’Neal extra that he has also binge-viewed the doc on Netflix.