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Joe Exotic Seeks Assistance from Cincinnati's "Tiger King" Joe Burrow

Exotic's letter, addressed to "Joe Burrows," concluded with an intriguing proposition. He suggested that if the Cincinnati Bengals' star quarterback were to come to his aid, divine intervention might pave the way for Burrow's success on the football field

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CINCINNATI — In a bizarre turn of events, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, infamously known as Joe Exotic, has reached out to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow for help from behind the cold, steel bars of his federal prison cell. Exotic, the central figure of the Netflix sensation "Tiger King," penned a peculiar letter to the NFL star, appealing to their shared "Tiger King" nickname as a basis for assistance.


In his letter, Exotic, who is currently serving a 21-year prison sentence for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot against his rival Carole Baskin, expressed frustration over the rampant use of his self-proclaimed "Tiger King" title by the media and individuals alike.


"I see the news, magazines as well as yourself calling you the Tiger King," Exotic wrote. "Everyone in the world is exploiting me and my trademarks while I sit innocent in an American Federal Prison. I have been the Tiger King before you got out of high school. Tiger King is my trademark and intellectual property. My life has been destroyed... while you all ride fame and attention off my life's work."


Burrow, however, has not been shy about his disapproval of the nickname. In a 2022 interview with Lordstown Motors, the young quarterback made it clear that he does not endorse the moniker.


"See, I don't like that one that much. I don't like that show, I have not seen the show, because I don't like seeing animals in cages, I don't really like that," Burrow candidly expressed. "I didn't see the show, so I don't like that nickname."


In addition to his plea for recognition, Exotic sought Burrow's financial assistance. He requested a substantial sum of $20,000, which he claimed is necessary to secure legal representation in his ongoing legal battles.


Exotic's letter, addressed to "Joe Burrows," concluded with an intriguing proposition. He suggested that if the Cincinnati Bengals' star quarterback were to come to his aid, divine intervention might pave the way for Burrow's success on the football field. "God might help you get to the Super Bowl this year," Exotic penned, perhaps hinting at a curious quid pro quo.


Joe Exotic's tumultuous legal saga began when he was initially sentenced to 22 years in prison in January 2020 for his involvement in a plot to have Carole Baskin murdered. Despite his plea for leniency citing stage one prostate cancer treatment, his sentence was subsequently reduced to 21 years in prison.


As of now, Joe Burrow has remained tight-lipped about Joe Exotic's plea for help, leaving fans and onlookers puzzled by this unusual convergence of pop culture and sports. Whether the "Tiger King" of the big cat underworld will find solace and support from the "Tiger King" of the gridiron remains to be seen.

Austyn McFadden

@undraftednews

Friday, September 15, 2023

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