Darnell Dockett has a pet tiger, tried to spend $30,000 on a monkey


Colin Kaepernick’s tortoise may not be the most unusual pet in the NFC West.

Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett said on Fox Sports 910 Phoenix that he has acquired a pet tiger named Little Buddy, and that he’s hoping to get Little Buddy invited to practice to meet the team and the fans.

“I’m trying to bring him to training camp,” he said. “I don’t know if they’ll let me, but we’re going to see.”

Dockett said the tiger weighs about 60 pounds and is “very chill, very playful.” (Pet tigers can grow to 500 pounds and maul their owners, but apparently Dockett will cross that bridge when he gets to it.)

Dockett also said he made an offer of $30,000 for a pet monkey, but the monkey’s current owner wouldn’t consider it.

“I didn’t buy the pet monkey,” he said. “The dude would not sell it. I offered him a price that the only other person who would offer him that much is probably Michael Jackson, rest in peace, but he wouldn’t even entertain my offer when it came to the monkey.”

Dockett said he believes the fans would really get behind him if he had a pet monkey, especially if the monkey attended games wearing its own Dockett jersey.

“Could you picture that on game days? I’m coming to the game, I have my monkey with me, he has my jersey on,” Dockett said. “Think about it. After the game, the fans see me with the monkey, ticket sales go up, Dockett jersey sales go up. Why? Because they all want to see me with the monkey.”

Although monkeys can be great helpers for people with disabilities, in general monkeys are not good pets. If Dockett loves monkeys, he may be better off donating his $30,000 to the monkey village at the Phoenix Zoo. They’d probably even name a monkey after him.

56 responses to “Darnell Dockett has a pet tiger, tried to spend $30,000 on a monkey

  1. Bankrupt in 5 years.
    Isn’t there supposed to be some kind of symposium on fiscal responsibility these guys are required to attend when they come into the league?

  2. Wouldn’t end well for the monkey anyway.. Darnell should go watch “Life of Pi”

  3. It is always nice to see players finding creative ways to waste their money.

    I hope he is able to provide the tiger with the kind of care it requires.

  4. He should probably focus more on playing than monkeying around.

    And I was hoping you would link the story of Alex Boone from San Francisco having a rhinoceros named after him for your last sentence.

  5. “Darnell Dockett has a pet tiger, tried to spend $30,000 on a monkey”—— And will be completely broke in 10 yrs

  6. Tigers don’t have owners. They have humans they tolerate until they get tired of tolerating them.

  7. What people don’t understand exotic animals is that they need space, and that they are not as exciting as they think. Tigers sleep or lay around 21+ hours a day. You get them to watch them eat, and after a few times they are relatively boring. Snakes, alligators are the same way.

    The only pet I have ever had that lived up to the excitement was piranha. I had 3 and would feed no matter how often you fed them. My 3ft ball python sleeps or lays around not moving for 21+ hours a day. He doesn’t need a monkey. Find a friend that works at the local zoo who will let you play with it when you want to. The upkeep on a tiger is likely huge – the amount of food it eats, enter the cost of a monkey and pet vet and feeding bills can skyrocket.

    Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

  8. Make sure you keep buying tickets to games, jerseys, branded merchandise, and NFL Sunday Ticket ’cause daddy needs a new tiger.

  9. Bad idea, but his explanations about the monkey wearing his jersey are pretty funny.

    I hope the tiger doesn’t hurt anyone.

  10. Could team up with Hernandez when the tiger food get’s too expensive. Class win-win/perfect crime. You kill, tiger eats the evidence.

  11. This is exactly how these athletes end up penniless despite raking in millions. Save your cash for when uoure retired at 33

  12. I like how he tries to convince himself that the monkey would be a good investment because “ticket and Dockett jersey sales will go up.”

  13. Darnell Dockett…the man who was inches away from a Super Bowl victory if only a Bengal hadn’t gobbled him up on one seriously critical play. There’s 2 ways that can happen now.

  14. Yet another DOLT who can’t wait to take his place in line with Sapp, TO, et al. He obviously did not read your post on the nice folks who are, even as I write pawing through every item of VY, not nailed down inside his soon-to-be former house, affixing a PRICE TAG on them! Imagine these same folks chasing all around Dockett’s former property attempting to place values on his livestock of the a year or two ( or perhaps SOONER ) after he retires! Just imagine instead, ALL that wasted money sitting in some conservative, diversified accounts while the magic of compound interest works for this guy over the years, allowing him to retire in comfort and security. It is clear that there will always be a segment of pros who can’t be helped. They simply REFUSE delivery of ANY sound advice…PATHETIC!!

  15. he has a pet tiger…translation: he has a tiger in a cage at his house. that’s nice considering he’s on the road 30%of the year………..stupid is as stupid does

  16. Everyone knows you shouldn’t buy a brand new tiger, they loose 80% of their value as soon as they leave the breeder.

    But it looks like Dockett might have learned his lesson, sounds like he was looking for a used monkey instead of a new one. Which is a smart move and $30,000 would have been a great deal.

  17. after reading this story, it’s pretty clear that you’d have to be a monkey to wear a Dockett jersey

  18. If he wants to have something that can grow to 500 pounds in his house, why doesn’t he just ask JaMarcus Russell to sleep over?

  19. He may be broke within 5 years, or he may be his pet tiger’s dinner before that.

  20. Wonder what happened to the gator he had? Hope he didn’t turn it loose in Lake Pleasant as a joke. Rather than resorting to gimmicks to draw attention from the fans, he should focus more on his game and winning games for the Cards, that is something that would really bring him favor with the fans! With the loss of Ray Horton and much of last years defense the Cards are going to need everything Dockett can bring to the Cardinal defense. I bet his insurance agent doesn’t know about his tiger unless he is with Lloyds of London…that is a huge liability, not to mention it’s inhumane for the tiger!

  21. blacknole08 says:
    Jul 25, 2013 12:36 PM
    Can his pet tiger play left tackle?


    No, but he can play QB in the wild cat offense….. yeah, that was pretty bad.

  22. I can’t type while laughing! I didn’t know this guy was so funny! I mean, I hope he was being funny and not being serious. And I am not going to comment on what kind of idiot fans would buy a Darnell Dockett jersey just because he had a pet monkey. And does he think his tiger is a big kitty-cat? I still cant stop laughing.

  23. These clowns become rich overnight and have no sense of money management.Back in the day guys like Willie Davis turned a meager salary into millions and at the same time was a model for young people.Not these Bozo’s. They get it way to easy and it means nothing to them until they are bankrupt or in prison.The NFL is not doing these guys or society a favor by paying them like that

  24. So many Pro Athletes are so into the bling bling and lavish lifestyles. Too much money that it burns a hole in the pocket.

    These are just some of the reasons why we don’t feel sorry for these guys once they go broke.

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