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Harvey Updyke on Finebaum: ‘I’m truly sorry for… the damage I’ve done’

Harvey Updyke AP

Harvey Updyke Jr., the man accused of poisoning the live oak trees at Toomer’s Corner, broke his long-time silence (his non-verbal communication, though, has loud and clear) earlier today by appearing on the Paul Finebaum Show in what sounded to be an unscripted call-in.

Updyke, who was indicted in May on two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of desecrating a venerable object and two counts of a state law, said he wanted to call in to let the people of Auburn know he was sorry for “the damage [he’d] done”, stopping just short of actually saying he poisoned the trees.

This is not a publicity stunt,” Updyke said. “The way things have been going, I just need to do it. I may live to be 100, but I may not live to the rest of this week.

“I just want to tell the Auburn people that I’m truly sorry for all the damage I’ve done,” Updyke added. “I’m not asking for sympathy. All I’m asking is forgiveness…I want the people that’s Christians to understand I’ve done a lot of good in my life. I’ve never intentionally hurt anybody…until this.”

“Until poisoning the trees?” Finebaum probed.

“Paul, you know I can’t say that,” Updyke replied before eventually, and awkwardly, creating his own exit.

“I guess I’ve said enough,” Updyke said abruptly. “I guess I’ve done enough damage.”

Updykes’ trial has been delayed several times already and isn’t expected to begin this year. The trees at Toomer’s Corners have been examined by¬†horticulturalists, and last time we heard, still have a fighting chance to survive.

(Tip of the cap: Birmingham News) 

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11 Responses to “Harvey Updyke on Finebaum: ‘I’m truly sorry for… the damage I’ve done’”
  1. trbowman says: Sep 29, 2011 5:06 AM

    Dude’s a hero of mine. Hate Auburn.

  2. rajuncajun28 says: Sep 29, 2011 7:14 AM

    And, who cares about a tree and inbreeders fighting in a civil war? Right. No one but homers who call into the Jerry Springer of college football talk – the Paul Finebaum show…..what a pathetic state….

  3. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Sep 29, 2011 7:24 AM

    Apparently, those of us who are not Christian would not care about any of the “good” things he has done in this life.

  4. soflatrojan says: Sep 29, 2011 8:06 AM

    I occasionally listen to Finebaum on the way home from work and while I appreciate the passion of Alabama and Auburn fans, this show does nothing but confirm the stereotypes associated with people from these fan bases/state.

    While I think Finebaum is a clown his show can be entertaining.

  5. joerevs300 says: Sep 29, 2011 8:21 AM

    All you can say about this situation is it’s sad.

    When you have flipped your wagon so terribly, that you’d go and desecrate one of your opposing teams most treasured icons/meeting places, that’s taking fandom way, way too far.

    Imagine the uproar if somehow an Alabama fan got into where “War Eagle” was kept and poisoned/killed him. The entire fan base would be up in arms. There would probably be rioting and/or blood.

    And honestly, being a Christian myself, the person he needs to make peace with is not me, not the Auburn fans but with God. I can’t forgive him. He can.

    What he will need to understand is yes, people are forgiving but they will never FORGET what he did.

    Nor should they.

  6. buryyourduke says: Sep 29, 2011 9:45 AM

    Actually, Christ couldn’t care less about all of his good works in life.

    “All of us have become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; ” -Isaiah 64:6

  7. youputtheeinidiot says: Sep 29, 2011 9:54 AM

    You are the biggest dumbass I have ever seen on this site. Really?! He’s your hero?! Who else is your hero? The 9/11 bombers? I don’t care who you like or dislike, that act of cowardly bullshi^ is digusting and you are THE IDIOT of THE DAY! CONGRATULATIONS!

  8. thompgk says: Sep 29, 2011 10:03 AM

    Typical Alabama fan on welfare who has nothing going for them in life other than football.

  9. lakesidegator says: Sep 29, 2011 10:31 AM

    Hey, Harvey, listen to your lawyer much?

  10. dcroz says: Sep 29, 2011 9:56 PM

    I really wish this guy would just shut up. Just when it seems that the whole tree-poisoning thing is behind us and we’re focusing on the season at hand, Updyke pops up to get attention back on himself. Enough is enough, Harvey; if you really love ‘Bama as you say, then you will stay off Finebaum and stop causing more and more embarassment to both the program and the state as a whole.

  11. thekingdave says: Sep 30, 2011 12:00 PM


    No, the idiot of the day goes to you for juxtaposing 9/11, an event where thousands of innocent Americans were murdered for no reason, to a few old trees.

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