Every once in a while there’s a story that you just wish would go away, except that something insanely stupid but funny keeps happening, and you think, “OK, let’s keep this around for entertainment value.”
I give you: Harvey Updyke.
We have seen stories of Updyke being on the run after the Auburn tree poisoning and living in his car. We have seen Updyke go on (and off) Twitter (and I got a personal confirmation from his son, Bear!). And, of course, we’ve seen Updyke keep going back on radio and TV to somewhat state his case, against the advice of his attorney, Glennon
Threatt, to the point that Threatt, quit.
Now this: Harvey Updyke is fundraising on Facebook.
There’s a new “Roll Damn Tide” Facebook page – which is not to be confused with the “Free Harvey Updyke” Facebook page – that reportedly has been set up by his daughter to raise money for Updyke’s legal expenses.
It seems that since al.com first reported this, the webpage has been stripped down a bit. But the info page still reads: “Keep checking back for more updates! Harvey Updyke T-shirts Coming Soon! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The T-shirt pictured above actually is from the “Free Harvey Updyke” Facebook page. So I guess there are freaks everywhere.
The al.com story reported that the webpage will be selling “T-shirts, stickers and 8×10 autographed photographs.”
From the story: “The website, created by Updyke’s daughter, says he has ‘experienced financial strain due to court costs and his travels to and from Alabama. We, ROLL DAMN TIDE!, hope to relieve him with his this fundraiser.’ In a conversation via Facebook, Updyke said his financial issues involve a $50,000 bond, transportation back-and-forth from Louisiana and for his wife’s “major back surgery.”
Updyke’s next court date is Jan. 5. His trial is scheduled for March 17. Supporters should be easy to spot. They’ll be the ones wearing dumb T-shirts.
Now come on. You really don’t want this story to go away yet, do you?
I’m contributing a nickel.
By Jeff Schultz