Reality TV star and convicted felon Joe Exotic, born Joseph Maldonado, is calling for legal action against Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis after he led the Seminoles to wins over LSU and Clemson.
Maldonado, 60, took to X on Sunday afternoon with a message for the 23-year-old Heisman Trophy candidate from Palm Beach Gardens.
"Jordan Travis was 6 years old when I became The Tiger King, it is my trademark, my intellectual property and I'm sick of others cashing in on my Trademark just because President Biden cares nothing about me being wrongfully in prison in America," Maldonado wrote.
"I will give ANY ATTORNEY 80% of a settlement to sue Jordan Travis and ALL companies selling stuff using Tiger King."
Jordan commemorated FSU's thrilling 31-23 overtime win over Clemson with a new shirt. The shirt, with the descriptor "Jordan Travis College King 2.0 WHT" displays Travis wearing a crown and sitting on a throne with a pair of tigers before him. And the price of the shirt, which can be found on Travis' website, reflects the game's final score, $31.24.
Jordan Travis was 6 years old when I became The Tiger King, it is my trademark, my intellectual property and I'm sick of others cashing in on my Trademark just because President Biden cares nothing about me being wrongfully in prison in America. I will give ANY ATTORNEY 80% of a… pic.twitter.com/vytbLhvn6W
— Joe Exotic (@joe_exotic) September 24, 2023
It's not the first time the quarterback has released merchandise after toppling Tiger mascots.
After FSU's 24-23 victory against LSU in New Orleans last September, Travis dropped a shirt featuring an illustration of himself donning a crown on a throne in front of a single Bengal tiger. The shirt, which was priced at $24.23, is no longer listed on Travis' site.
QB1 @jordantrav13 just released a 🔥 new shirt now after a great Sunday night in NOLA! Jordan will be splitting the profits evenly with his Starting OL from the night! 🍢🍢🍢
The shirts are exclusively available at https://t.co/gx0tgePjaB for $24.23
#LetsWinTogether #W pic.twitter.com/IIXNDpRPu8
— Just Win Management Group (@JustWinMGMT) September 8, 2022
Maldonado's gripe comes days after the self-proclaimed "Tiger King," propelled to fame by the 2020 Netflix docuseries of the same name, denounced Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow on social media.
Continuing his Sunday rant, Maldonado stated it's time that "quarterbacks and anyone else in this country stops stealing from others," asking "which attorney" would like to take the "multimillion dollar case" and for interested takers to send him a "DM," or direct message.
"Until Jordan Travis walks in a cage with 20 full grown tigers and kisses them on the head, leave the Tiger King business to me," Maldonado said.
By the looks of it, Travis has yet to respond to Maldonado.
Emilee Smarr is the high school sports reporter for the Palm Beach Post. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.
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