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Shaquille O'Neal distances himself from Joe Exotic after he's shown posing with cubs in Tiger King – Daily Mail, Dailymail.co.uk

            

‘Not my friend’: Shaquille O’Neal distances himself from Joe Exotic after he’s shown posing with cubs in hit Netflix series Tiger King

By Rachel Mcgrath For Dailymail.com

published : | Updated: : (BST, (March)

He made an appearance in Netflix ‘s’ must binge ‘docuseries Tiger King.

But Shaquille O’Neal wants it to be known that doesn’t mean he’s pals with or even a fan of the now imprisoned Joe Exotic.

‘I was just a visitor,’ the basketball legend, , said in an episode of his The Big Podcast With Shaq . ‘I met this guy, not my friend. Don’t know him. Never had any business dealings with him, and I had no idea any of that stuff was going on. ‘

Setting the record straight: He’s shown in an episode of Netflix’s docuseries Tiger King visiting Joe Exotic and interacting with tiger cubs. But Shaq O’Neal insists he’s not a friend of the now imprisoned felon

In the show, Shaq is shown visiting the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma where Joe Exotic – real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage – kept and bred tigers.

He interacts with Tiger cubs including a rare white one during the 2019 visit and says Joe gifted him a young cub.

In his podcast, the former LA Lakers star insisted: ‘I don’t harm tigers. I love tigers. I love white tigers. Do I put donations to these zoos to help these tigers out? I do it all the time. Do I own tigers personally at my house? No. But I love tigers. ‘

Big cat fan:’ I was just a visitor, ‘the basketball legend, 48, said in an episode of his The Big Podcast With Shaq. ‘I don’t harm tigers. I love tigers. I love white tigers’

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Criminal: Tiger King tells the story of Joe Exotic – real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage – who kept and bred tigers at Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma. In 2019, he was convicted of animal cruelty and murder-for-hire and is serving years in federal prison

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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