Did Mike Tyson Buy His Tigers From ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson joined the tens of millions of different individuals who not too long ago watched the Netflix hit Tiger KingMurder, Mayhem and Madness. But whereas so many had been captivated by the world of cat breeding and the colourful characters featured within the docuseries, Tyson took time to let everybody now that he’s the “original Tiger King.”

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who goes by the identify Joe Exotic, is a former zoo proprietor presently in jail after he was convicted on a number of counts of animal abuse and a murder-for-hire plot to kill his archnemesis, Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin. After seeing the documentary, some have puzzled if Exotic bought Tyson his tigers. Read on to search out out what the previous heavyweight champ has admitted about that.

Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson | Donald Kravitz/Getty Images

How many tigers did Mike Tyson personal?

Over the years, the boxing nice owned three tigers–Kenya, Storm, and Boris.

Tyson bought the tigers within the ’90s. He discovered simply how harmful the massive cats may be and ended up paying a girl after Kenya bit off her hand.

According to him, a girl jumped over the fence of his mansion and when she tried to play with the Bengal tiger, Kenya took her hand proper off. Tyson stated he paid her $250,000 due to how badly she was injured. Eventually, the champ was compelled the surrender Kenya and his different giant cats.

Tyson not too long ago mirrored on his choice to personal the massive cats as pets within the first place when talking to rapper Fat Joe on Instagram Live.

“You can’t believe what they can do to human flesh–I had no idea. I was foolish then. There’s no way you can domesticate these cats 100 percent,” he defined. “There’s no way that’s going to happen. They’ll kill you by accident. Especially when you’re playing rough with them, you’re punching them back. They get hyped up, hit you back and you’re dead.”

Tyson continued, “I loved them–I used to sleep with them. I’m just happy I educated myself. I was doing the wrong sh*t. I shouldn’t have had them in my house, believing they were domesticated. I was wrong.”

Did he get the tigers from Joe Exotic?

Joe ExoticJoe Exotic
Joe Exotic ‘Tiger King’ | Netflix

So did the champ get his massive cats from the opposite Tiger King? Well, that’s undoubtedly a risk.

“It could have been, maybe where I got my cats could have got their cats from Joe. But I don’t know,” Tyson instructed the Daily Mail, including that he all the time knew of Joe Exotic. “If you are in the exotic animal world, you are aware of him.”

As for what he thinks of Exotic and a number of the folks featured within the collection now Tyson stated, “People always say these people are scumbags. But these are amazing people with what they can do with their ingenious minds and control over other people’s minds. These guys are born leaders.”

Read extra: ‘Tiger King’: Which Star of the Documentary Has the Highest Net Worth?

Check out Showbiz Cheat Sheet on Facebook!

Leave a Comment