Alabama lost to rival Ole Miss for the second consecutive season on Saturday night, and we can only imagine how angry Harvey Updyke must have been. The infamous Crimson Tide fan had to have been even more furious after he was mocked by the Oxford Police.
Immediately following the Rebels’ 43-37 win, the Oxford Police Department sent the following tweet:
On Monday we shared the story of alleged tree poisoner Harvey Updyke getting arrested on terrorizing charges after threatening the staff at a Lowe’s home improvement store when he was unable to get a full refund on his lawn mower. Now we get to share with you the best part: Updyke’s new mug shot.
There he is, our devout Alabama fan, looking all hopeless and depressed. Hair looking disheveled, mustache all long and unkempt, a general “this is what my life has come to” look across his face. That, my friends, is the look of a man who know he’s about to spend the next several years of his life in prison.
Updyke later took a plea deal for poisoning Toomer’s Oaks on the Auburn campus. He will spend six months in jail.
Photo via WSFA
In a twist that will come as a shock to nobody, alleged tree poisoner Harvey Updyke was arrested last week for causing a disturbance at a home improvement store and allegedly threatening the staff.
According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Updyke was trying to return a lawnmower to the store but was only offered $110 in return. He apparently was demanding $150 for it, and he caused a scene when he was refused that amount.
The store manager had to call the police on him.
Updyke is set for trial Oct. 1 on charges of poisoning oak trees on Auburn University’s campus, and he indicated to the police that he had nothing to lose.
“He said he was going to prison anyway, he had a bad heart, and he didn’t care. He kept insinuating that he wasn’t going to take no for an answer,” a police spokesman said.
The Times-Picayune reports that the police report says Updyke said he would “come back and take care of everyone,” after the officer on scene told him he was not allowed back on the property.
The police report says that Updyke continued to tell the officer he would return to the store and “it would be his last time.”
Updyke was arrested because the officer felt the statements were said in a threatening manner (and be honest, you have a vision of Kevin Hart from “The 40 Year Old Virgin” in your head).
Old man Harv feels like his life is ending, so he’s not about to put up with any crap from a home improvement store while he’s still a free man. That is where it crosses the line for Updyke.
Jury selection for Harvey Updyke’s trial began this week, and the alleged Toomer’s Corner oaks poisoner reportedly has already admitted his guilt.
Andrew Yawn of The Auburn Plainsman — Auburn University’s student newspaper — says he approached Updyke at the Lee County Justice Center on Tuesday, identified himself as a reporter, and received a voluntary confession.
“Did I do it? Yes,” Updyke told Yawn.
Updyke apparently complained about his health and said he thought he was going to pass out throughout the morning while jury selection was taking place. He also believes his fate is sealed.
“They’re going to find me guilty… it’s a done deal,” Updyke said. “I don’t think I’m going to get a fair trial.”
Updyke reportedly expressed remorse to Yawn and said the event ruined his life.
Given all the back-and-forth that’s gone on, including Updyke’s claim he was assaulted, I think Harvey was underestimating himself when he said he’s a “very unhealthy Alabama fan.”
Harvey Updyke just cannot stay away from Alabama athletics. The die-hard Crimson Tide fan who allegedly poisoned trees on Auburn’s campus was asked by Alabama officials to leave the SEC softball tournament on Friday.
“Mr. Harvey Updyke was asked by University of Alabama officials to leave today’s softball game and he complied. Several months ago, the University issued a formal directive to Mr. Updyke stating that he is not to come to the University of Alabama campus. Mr. Updyke has no affiliation with the University of Alabama and does not represent the institution in any way. The University of Alabama will have no further statement on this matter.”
Alabama is the No. 1 seed in the tournament which is taking place at their home field — Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa. You may recall that Updyke previously rejected a plea deal that would have kept him from attending Alabama athletic events. You take that away from Harv, you take away his life.
Updyke is scheduled to go to trial in March on four felony charges and two misdemeanors. He pleaded not guilty on all counts for reasons of mental disease or defect. He reportedly could face up to 10 years in prison for each felony charge and as much as a one-year sentence and $2,000 fine on each misdemeanor.
Not that we would expect Harvey to agree to a 13-year prison sentence, but I have to figure being barred from Alabama sporting events was the deal breaker. He was in New Orleans for the National Championship Game, and by his account, he’s a “very unhealthy Alabama fan.”
No way he’d agree to anything that would prevent him from being the detected Alabama fan he is. And for the record, 13 years for poisoning trees seems a bit extreme.
Harvey Updyke is the Alabama football fan accused of poisoning the 130-year-old oak trees on Auburn’s campus as a form a revenge following Bama’s defeat in the Iron Bowl. Updyke admits he called into a radio show under the alias of “Al from Dadeville” to say he poisoned the trees, but he denies actually poisoning them. Updyke’s scheduled for arraignment on Thursday and he has a tentative trial date of June 20th. He also had an interview with Wright Thompson recently who portrayed him as a dual-personality type.
In the feature, Thompson decides that the split personality has a sensible person — Harvey Updyke — the 62-year-old grandfather and former state trooper. On the other side there’s “Al from Dadeville,” an obsessed Alabama fan who named his children after the Crimson Tide. Updyke even explained how passionate he is as a fan.
“Well, I’m just a very unhealthy Alabama fan,” he says. “I live it. I breathe it. I think about Alabama football, I’m not exaggerating, 18 hours a day. I have always been that way. It just didn’t start. That’s what people don’t understand. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is get on Tiderinsider and see what’s going on. I mean, I know it’s not healthy. I’ve been knowing that a long time. I have a daughter 33 years old named Crimson Tyde.”
You haven’t forgotten about Harvey Updyke yet, have you? You know, the crazed Alabama fan who allegedly poisoned some extremely old trees on the Auburn campus and bragged about doing it on the radio? Updyke is back, but this time he has made his way into the news for something other than the tree poisoning incident — kind of.
Good friend Sports by Brooks called our attention to an extremely interesting story on Wednesday evening. When he was on his way back from Lee County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon, Updyke says he was assaulted at a Tiger Express gas station in Opelika, Ala. When asked for details on the alleged assault, Captain Allan Elkins of the Opelika Police Department told Opelika-Auburn News that Updyke “has not really been too cooperative at this point.”
What makes this story particularly interesting is that no one really saw anything, including Harvey himself. Through his lawyer, Glennon Threatt Jr., Updyke says everything “went black” before he could even get out of his car at the gas station and he woke up on the ground next to a gas pump. Elkins said he had a 4-inch cut above his right eye and a 1-inch scratch between the eyes, but that the extent of his injuries “does not equate to an assault charge” considering he has no information on the alleged assaulter or assaulters.
On Wednesday we passed along the disgusting story of an Alabama fan who went out of his way to poison 130-year-old oak trees in the Toomer’s Corner location of Auburn’s campus. We also shared audio of the fan’s phone call into the Paul Finebaum Radio Show where his response to a question about his actions being illegal was “You think I care? I really don’t. Roll damn Tide!”
Well now we will find out how serious the man was about his proclamation.
On Thursday morning, WTVM reported that a 62-year-old man from Dadesville, Alabama, Harvey Updyke, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, as I first learned through SI Hot Clicks. Updyke is currently in jail on a $50,000 bond, and it’s worth noting that under Alabama law, criminal mischief is a class C felony punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
There are plenty of other interesting details that keep emerging. A person by the name of “Harvey Updyke” commented on this Cam Newton story that appeared on TMZ’s website in November saying “auburn cheating again burn auburn burn woo eagle LOL”
Later on Thursday, we learned that the court-appointed lawyer asked off the case because of a conflict of interest.
And of course Solid Verbal put together a Toomer’s Corner remix for the infamous ESPN “Roll Tide” commercial:
You want to know true hate in collegiate athletics? Look no further than the rivalry between Alabama and Auburn. The disgust between the schools was taken to a whole new level — or shall we say low — when it was revealed Wednesday that 130-year-old oak trees in the Toomer’s Corner area of Auburn’s campus were poisoned by an Alabama fan, as Andy Staples informed us.
Auburn first began investigating the soil in the area after a caller phoned into the Paul Finebaum Radio Show to gloat about his exploits (the same show a man having a heart attack called into last week). The tests finally came back and revealed that lethal amounts of an herbicide known as Spike 80DF were placed in the soil. According to a release, “The lowest amount detected was 0.78 parts per million, described by horticulture experts as a “very lethal dose.” The highest amount detected was 51 parts per million, or 65 times the lowest dose.”
That is just sickening. Are you really telling me that the only way Auburn can keep their trees safe is by losing to Bama in football?
University President Jay Gogue tried to place everything in context for the school’s supporters saying “It is understandable to feel outrage in reaction to a malicious act of vandalism. However, we should live up to the example we set in becoming national champions and the beliefs expressed in our Auburn Creed. Individuals act alone, not on behalf of anyone or any place, and all universities are vulnerable to and condemn such reprehensible acts.”
Now who really thinks Auburn won’t seek revenge? What’s next, demolishing campus buildings? Bulldozing statues? It doesn’t get much more disgusting than this.
Oh, and I think this story pretty much answers the question about which rivalry is the strongest in college sports. Apparently you’re not a rivalry until you’ve poisoned the shrubbery on the opposing school’s campus.
UPDATE: In this audio, you can hear the call from “Al from Dadesville” into the Finebaum Show as he brags about poisoning the trees. Asked if it’s illegal, he says “You think I care? I really don’t. Roll damn Tide!”