So for those of you who haven’t seen Tiger King on Netflix yet — and if you’re in that camp seriously, what are you doing — here’s a brief primer:
Joe Exotic was the one time owner of Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, a private zoo that specialized in Tigers. He developed a rivalry with Carole Baskin, a women who fancies herself an animal rights activist, and who owns a non-profit animal sanctuary in Tampa, FL called Big Cat Rescue.
Long story short, the feuds between Baskin and Exotic escalated to a point where Exotic was eventually arrested and is currently imprisoned in a murder-for-hire plot to kill Baskin in 2013. As the documentary points out, it’s been speculated by some that Baskin herself was involved in the murder of her ex-husband, Don Lewis, in 1997, and that she fed him to her tigers. None of this has ever been proven and Lewis’ body was never found.
All of this brings us to Wednesday April 8, when former Giants reliever Javier Lopez joined the Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks show and asked the question that’s on everyones mind:
Lopez: Let’s have the talk: Did Carole Baskin do it? Allegedly, did she do it?
Tolbert: I would say yes.
Lopez: Yeah. You know her husband like to file lawsuits so I’ll allegedly say that she did it. You know, I don’t know.
Krueger: Exactly, be careful, cover yourself.
Tolbert: You know what was crazy about that Javy? I would say every episode, but literally every 20 minutes Laurie and I would look at each other and say, ‘Are you kidding me? Are you serious? That happened and now this?’ It kept getting weirder and weirder. And every time it introduced somebody new, like when they introduced Jeff Lowe, it was like ‘Oh here’s somebody who loves the tigers,’ then it’s the Vegas thing. Then it’s the no one knows where he gets his money thing. Everyone who showed up was seedy.
Lopez: It was quite entertaining. I can’t imagine being in the editing room trying to piece that together they deserve an Emmy, an Oscar, whatever you get for those things.
Way to play it safe Javy. For legal reasons KNBR will also abstain from giving our opinion, as much as it kills us to do so.
Listen to the full interview below.