Detroit Lions’ Louis Delmas gives away pet alligator for teammate Kevin Ogletree

Jul 26, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas (26) walks onto the field before training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

When Louis Delmas was a rookie, he was given an alligator egg by then teammate Ernie Sims. That seems like something Fred Flintstone would have given Barney Rubble, but I digress.

Anyway, that egg eventually hatched and a baby alligator made his way into this world, eventually morphing into a six-foot reptile that Delmas apparently let live at his house in an extremely large custom built tank in his basement (WTF).

I’m going to assume that was legal in Michigan, but either way, the alligator is no more after Delmas decided to give his scaly friend away to Allen Park Critter Shop after teammate Kevin Ogletree was less than thrilled with the prospect of living with it.

Ogeltree, who was/is planning to move in with Delmas as a roomate expressed concern about living with the gator, so Delmas decided to oddly part ways.

Wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, signed after Nate Burleson’s injury, plans to move in with Delmas and told the former Western Michigan safety he wasn’t comfortable sharing a residence with an alligator.

“I told him I couldn’t stay there with the gator there, so he had to make some adjustments for the New York City kid,” Ogletree said, according to

That must be some friendship. Hopefully the gator finds a better home than in a 36-foot basement tank.

Topics: Detroit Lions, Levin Ogletree, Louis Delmas

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