Joe Exotic pleads for help from Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow from one Tiger King to another.
Exotic, the murderous big cat breeder whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, has reached out to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow in a letter, pleading for assistance in his ongoing quest to secure his release from prison.
Exotic is serving a 21-year sentence after being found guilty of a murder-for-hire plot targeting his rival, Carole Baskin.
His sensational legal case garnered significant attention thanks to the hugely popular 2020 Netflix series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness.”
Exotic was convicted on 17 federal charges, which included animal abuse, as well as two counts of attempted murder for hire, relating to his scheme to eliminate Baskin, who owns the Big Cat Rescue.
He has previously called on former President Trump to grant him a pardon in June 2020, then sent Kim Kardashian a handwritten that December, pleading with the criminal justice reform activist to ask Trump to review his 257 page pardon document.
Now Exotic’s latest famous target is Burrow, who he believes should lend a hand since fans refer to the Cincinnati signal caller as ‘The Tiger King,’ a moniker that Exotic claims as his own.
In the letter, which was addressed to Burrow and posted on the platform X (formerly known as Twitter), Exotic argued that ‘Tiger King’ belongs solely to him, as it represents his trademark and intellectual property.
“I see the news, magazines, and even yourself being called the Tiger King. Everyone in the world is exploiting me and my trademarks while I sit innocently in an American Federal Prison,” he wrote.
“I have been the Tiger King before you even graduated from high school. Tiger King is my trademark and intellectual property. My life has been destroyed… while all of you benefit from my life’s work.”
Further in the letter, Exotic claims to have been wrongfully imprisoned and begged Burrow to perform a “good deed” by contributing funds to cover his lawyer fees.
“Since everyone is enjoying the fame of being the Tiger King, I am suffering unjustly in a prison cell,” the letter continued.
“How about doing a good deed and helping me raise $20,000 for a down payment to hire attorneys.”
Exotic even had the gall to insinuate that aiding him could lead to positive karma and potentially propel the Bengals towards a championship run.
“Maybe by paying it forward, God might help you get to the Super Bowl this year,” he penned.
Exotic’s pleas will likely fall on deaf ears, as Burrow admitted that he’s not a fan of the moniker.
“I don’t like that one that much,” he admitted when asked about his opinion about being dubbed Cincinnati’s Tiger King.
“I don’t like that show. I have not seen the show because I don’t like seeing animals in cages,” Burrow said. “I don’t really like that, so I didn’t see the show, so I don’t like that nickname.”