Jeff Lowe says Shaq called him last week to see how things were going at the Wynnewood Zoo / via Facebook
Are Jeff Lowe and Shaq business partners at the Wynnewood Zoo? An Oklahoma Zoo (the name Jeff and Lauren Lowe use on Instagram) post back on September 8, 2018 stated: “Hey everyone, we’d like for you to meet our new business partner!!” Then just last week on March 21, a day after Netflix dropped Tiger King, Lowe was on a FaceTime with Shaq Diesel, according to the zoo’s Facebook page.
Meanwhile, Shaq, who owns two pet tigers, has spent the last few days trying to smooth out his relationship with Joe Exotic and the zoo. People are out here trying to paint Shaq as a friend of Joe Exotic, but the real relationship seems to be with Jeff Lowe. Shaq fired up his podcast machine to explain that Exotic isn’t a friend of his.
“I was just a visitor. I met this guy. Not my friend. Don’t know him. Never had any business dealings with him, and I had no idea any of that stuff was going on,” Shaq said.
The NBA legend admits he made donations to the zoo — claiming he does stuff like that all the time — but would never support the mistreatment of animals.
“People that know me know that I’m righteous. I don’t harm tigers. I lover tigers.”
Shaq claims he quit going to Wynnewood after learning about Exotic’s behavior. Shaq, according to photos posted by the Lowes, was at the zoo on September 8, 2018. That was a day after Joe Exotic, then on the run in Florida, got out of his truck to apply for a hospital job and had four plainclothed cops arrest him. Weird timing all around, but it’s not like there weren’t 120 different weird twists and turns to all this in the first place.
Ok, so Shaq isn’t Team Exotic, but it sure looks like he’s Team Lowe. If we’re to believe the Lowes, it appears Shaq has some sort of relationship with the zoo. You’re telling me Shaq just calls up a zoo owner out of the blue the day after Tiger King drops? Now someone needs to ask him about this “business partner” thing.