“Tiger King” Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as “Joe Exotic,” asks for another presidential pardon – this time from President Joe Biden – after claiming he showed signs of cancer.
In a Twitter message shared last Friday, Maldonado-Passage said that medical records his lawyer John Philips, recently received from the correctional facility he is in, showed his prostate-specific antigen, a protein produced by normal and malignant cells, is high.
“John Philips received my medical records from FMC Fort Worth and my PSA level came back very high for prostate cancer. The prison has approved tests to verify what stage he is at,” Maldonado-Passage wrote. “My body is tired, I have lost a lot of weight, the mouth sores are out of control, I vomit more than I eat.”
He continued, “I don’t want anyone to have mercy, what I need is when John Phillips gets the evidence he’s working on, I need the world to help him bring President Biden , Vice President Harris and the Attorney General to listen to the evidence and see that it’s not just the city cops out of control with the corruption, but his own Justice Department and doing that right and signing that forgiveness that Trump left so I could go home and get proper medical attention and proper food. “
Maldonado-Passage is currently serving a 22-year sentence after being convicted in federal court in 2019 on two counts of vicarious murder and 17 wildlife charges.
Prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma say Maldonado-Passage paid someone $ 3,000 to travel from Oklahoma to Florida to assassinate big cat activist Carole Baskin. He was also accused of killing tigers at the Wynnewood Wildlife Park, which he owned, to make room for other big cats and also of selling little tigers for money.
Lawyers for Maldonado-Passage maintained his innocence, saying their client had been tricked and had no intention of having Baskin killed.
Maldonado-Passage expected to receive a pardon from former President Donald Trump before Trump stepped down in January. But while Trump granted a wave of leniency in his final hours, Maldonado-Passage was not one of them.
Last September, he sent Trump a letter asking for his help, writing: “If I ever admired anyone, it would be you. Not because I need you to save my life, but because you represent what you believe in, whatever. what everyone thinks. “
Maldonado-Passage even packed a limousine to take him from FMC Fort Worth to an unknown location, but ultimately never left prison.
Responding to the news that he would not receive a pardon from Trump, the ‘Tiger King’ tweeted, “I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a forgiveness from Trump. I only mattered to Don Jr. when he needed to comment. about me to bolster his social media post. Boy, were we all stupid to believe that he actually represented Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first. “
Maldonado-Passage said he has appointments with an oncologist and urologist later this month and that he plans to have a biopsy, colonoscopy and endoscopy.
“Thank you for all the love and support from all over the world. I love you all. Wish me luck,” he tweeted.
Newsweek contacted the White House for comment, but did not receive a response until publication.