Does Darnell Dockett Own a Tiger or Not?
Darnell Dockett's alleged tiger.
Darnell Dockett via Twitter
Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett's claims that he bought a tiger kind of took a blow after animal-rights activists discovered that the supposed "mother" of the tiger was a male.
Dockett has claimed that he did buy a tiger cub, although it's been hard to tell whether he actually did. He's the kind of guy who would make up a story about buying a tiger. He's also the kind of guy who would actually buy a tiger.
Dockett posted on Instagram, depicting himself with "the mother of my new cub tiger."
The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida found that the tiger pictured above is a male, and is kept at a wildlife preserve that hasn't had any cubs recently, let alone sold any.
Although Dockett insisted to Fox Sports 910-AM's Mike Jurecki that he really bought the cub, the evidence seems a little light. Dockett posted just one picture of the cub, and despite claims that he's brought it to training camp, no reporter has seen it.
However, amid claims from ARFF and PETA that they tipped off authorities about Dockett's alleged tiger-cub ownership, Dockett just happened to miss a couple practices at training camp, for "personal reasons." There's no word of whether the two things are related.
Based on what you've seen, do you think Dockett actually owns a tiger cub?
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