By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on March 17, 2014
One of the best things about being a professional athlete is all the money that comes with it. Even professionals that make league minimum are still raking in the dough. A lot of times, these athletes get so much money at a young age that they don’t even know what to do with it, which typically leads to some unusual purchases. Check out the 15 craziest athlete pets.
American Olympic freestyle skier Patrick Deneen likes to hang out with his two pet miniature donkeys when he’s not tearing it up on the slopes. He also owns a few horses, four dogs and another bigger donkey.
Ross Ohlendorf, who is from Austin, Texas, has over 300 longhorn cattle at his family ranch. His family sells some of the cows to other farms in the area, but there is one in particular he could never part ways with. Ohlendorf’s family has owned Martina for over 15 years. In the offseason, Ohlendorf spends time raising the calves.
Jose Canseco made headlines last year after he was pulled over with two of his goats in the backseat of his van. It certainly didn’t help when he tweeted a photo of the cops and the fainting goats wearing diapers.
Mario Balottelli was so excited about picking up his new piglet that he decided to share a photo with his social media followers. Honestly, the bad boy footballer is probably the last person I expected to have an adorable piglet as a pet.
Colin Kaepernick made waves when it was revealed he had a pet tortoise that weighs 115 pounds. Kaepernick first got the pet when he was just a kid, but his close friend has been with him every step of the way.
Mike Miller loved his pet java macaque monkey so much that he was distraught over having to give it away when his child was born. Prior to the days of Miller being a father, he was routinely photographed with his little buddy. Miller even brought the macaque with him when he ran errands.
Louis Delmas used to own an alligator that stretched over six feet long. Unfortunately, Delmas had to give away his pet after he realized the gator was getting too big to keep. Not to mention, roommate and teammate Kevin Olgetree didn’t like the idea of living under the same roof with an animal that was straight up terrifying.
Gilbert Arenas used to have several giant aquarium tanks stocked with sharks. Unfortunately, his rocky relationship with his baby mama led to the death of his beloved pets. Copper pennies were found in the tanks with the copper rubbing off in the water being the cause of death. Arenas’ money woes hit home hard in many ways. It cost him ,000 a month to keep them fed and ,500 for a shark keeper to come in and take care of them.
We know for sure that Darnell Docket is the proud owner of a pet alligator. We also have a good idea that his claims of owning a pet tiger cub are false. Regardless of his ridiculous exaggeration, Docket owning an alligator is crazy in itself.
Chad Johnson is one of the weirdest football players to ever grace the gridiron, which is why it doesn’t come as a surprise that he owns some weird pets. Johnson has owned eels, a lemur and a Bengal tiger.
It’s safe to say that Mikki Moore is obsessed with snakes. The unique pet is one that is common among professional athletes. However, Moore has been known to own at least five at one time, which includes two pythons, two corn snakes and a boa constrictor.
Former Louisville running back Tony Stallings never made it to the NFL, but that didn’t stop him from owning exotic pets like star athletes tend to do. Stallings has owned a monitor lizard, an alligator, a five-foot-long python snake and a two-foot-long python. The funny part is that all of his reptiles lived in a small one-bedroom apartment with him and his wife.
Ernie Sims had one of the more extensive collections of pets on this list. The former linebacker had a condo in Detroit packed with black-tip sharks, dart frogs, snakes, lizards, exotic fish, two alligators and several birds. One of the snakes was a 14-foot albino Burmese python. It cost him ,000 a month just to feed his ridiculous amount of pets.
A few years ago, Carmelo Anthony decided it would be a good idea to get a camel as a pet. Apparently, he thought it was boring how the average person buys an average pet, such as a dog or cat. His vision of stepping out of the box was certainly accomplished, as I don’t believe another professional athlete in the history of American sports has purchased a camel, especially an athlete who lives in New York City.
By now, everyone has to be aware of Mike Tyson’s pet tiger, thanks to the movie The Hangover. However, what many people may not realize is that Tyson also collects pigeons. He’s been doing it since he was a child as it’s a way for him to stay calm and allow his mind to wander. Apparently, he took a day off with the pigeons the night he bit off Evander Holyfield’s ear during a boxing match.
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