Harvey Updyke Dunk Tank Appearance Cancelled After Katherine Webb And Dee Dee Bonner Get Flood Of Death Threats
ESPN - Auburn football fans won’t get a shot at Harvey Updyke after all. The organizers of a Sept. 29 charity event in Mobile, Alabama, have pulled the plug on having Updyke appear for a pie throw or dunking booth.
Organizers originally believed having Updyke there might give Auburn fans a much-wanted opportunity to get even with him, after he infamously poisoned the beloved oak trees at Toomer’s Corner near the Auburn campus during the Tigers’ 2010 national championship season.
But Updyke’s appearance was canceled Thursday after former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s mother, Dee Dee Bonner, and wife Katherine received death threats and other ugly messages on social media.
“It seems to be taking away from the primary purpose, which is raising awareness for children’s cancer,” Bonner said. “We don’t want to take away from the focus. We needed to get away from it.”
The event is to honor John Oliver, a boy from the Mobile area who died from cancer in July. The money raised will benefit Roses From Linda, a nonprofit organization that helps cover transportation costs so family members can visit terminally ill loved ones, as well as children’s cancer research.
“I think Mr. Updyke’s heart was in the right place with what he wanted to do, but I think too many people are still upset about what he did and haven’t gotten over it,” Bonner said. “I didn’t approve of what he did, but I think he really wanted to help.”
Well I think it’s safe to say I underestimated SEC fans. Here I was thinking they would show up in waves to the charity event and try to take out Harvey Updyke. Dress up in disguise in some XL Roll Tide shirts and elephant hats then rip them off at the last second and start pummeling his face in while yelling War Eagle holding his head underwater in the dunk tank. Little did I know they wouldn’t even last a few hours without getting it shut down by flooding Katherine Webb and fucking AJ McCarron’s mother with vicious hardcore death threats. Not even Harvey himself. So much hatred they went straight for the organizers. That’s some next level SEC shit. You got this nice charity event organized and think this would be a huge draw for attendance and donations? For what, anything important? Oh, cancer? Sorry but he poisoned our trees.
At the end of the day though, such a savvy move by Katherine and Dee Dee. You think they had any intentions of letting Harvey Updyke get dunk tanked and cream pied? Think they didn’t realize that the most hated man in the state of Alabama wouldn’t be welcome at a public event and get shut down before he even stepped through the door? They got their event in the top 10 stories on ESPN and have “Roses from Linda” information plastered on every meaningful sports site in the country, nationwide not just in Alabama. Charity awareness job well done.