Of course Darnell Dockett bought a tiger cub
JUL 26, 2013 1:45p ET
Two years later, he's not too far off from being able to start his own wildlife preserve.
Dockett, who's been known to ride a Segway around training camp and say a variety of inadvisable things on Twitter, announced this week that he had purchased a tiger cub and named it either "Buddy" (according to his tweets) or "Little Buddy" (according to a follow-up interview with FOX Sports 910 AM in Phoenix).
My pet tiger his name is "buddy" I'm gonna bring him to a practice in training camp atleast "one day" he's handsome! pic.twitter.com/XiFHvzr7PC— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) July 23, 2013
Dockett knows what you're thinking, by the way, and no, this is not a joke.
"Yeah, I'm serious. A little baby tiger," he said in his interview with FOX Sports 910. "It's the coolest thing ever."
Of course it is. And what do you do with the coolest thing ever?
"I'm trying to bring him to training camp," Dockett added. "I don't know if they'll let me, but we're going to see."
Dockett reiterated that plan on Friday, the first day of training camp.
"I asked coach. But if I do, y'all will never know about it," he said, referencing the "four-letter company" (PETA) that keeps a close eye on wild animals in captivity. Dockett added, ""He's awesome around people. Some guys on the team have seen him already."
And as for whether the tiger and alligator get along, Dockett said, "I don't keep them around each other," although he declined to detail their living situation or whether they even stay at his residence in Arizona.
With that established, perhaps the most entertaining aspect of this story is that the tiger cub might not even have been Plan A when Dockett went exotic-pet shopping. What was Plan A, you ask?
Dockett offered $30,000 for a monkey. The owner wouldn't sell, he said.
I was trying to buy him, "skeeter" but I couldn't guy wouldn't sell