If you were planning to take your shot at Harvey Updyke in a dunk tank, you have some apparent e-unruly fans to thank for your missed opportunity.
The Toomer's Corner oaks poisoner's appearance at a charity event in Mobile, Ala., has been canceled. According to ESPN, former Alabama QB AJ McCarron, his wife Katherine and his mother Dee Dee Bonner, who were helping organize the event, 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 told ESPN. "We don't want to take away from the focus. We needed to get away from it."
Updyke poisoned the trees on the Auburn campus with herbicide after Auburn beat Alabama in 2011. He admitted his crime when calling in to the Paul Finebaum Show under an alias. He served six months in jail for the crime and was released last spring.
The charity event was to support the family of a boy in Mobile who died of cancer earlier this year. People would have the chance to dunk Updyke or pie him in the face for a donation to Roses for Linda, a charity that helps families with transportation costs to see terminally ill loved ones and 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."
Updyke currently lives in Louisiana. The event was scheduled on an Alabama off weekend.
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