Alabama Crimson Tide football fans weren’t going to go quietly after LSU Tigers fans started a GoFundMe campaign to have billboards, which supported LSU linebacker Devin White, go up in Alabama.
Alabama fan Blake Averette, a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., started a GoFundMe campaign of his own in order to have Crimson Tide billboards go up in Baton Rouge. The fundraiser hit its mark, and the first billboard went up on Monday.
The billboard contains an elephant alongside the caption, “Tigers Fans: Before Tua drops half a Benjamin in Death Valley, be sure to donate half a Benjamin to Hurricane Relief! Roll Tide!” A picture of the billboard can be seen in the photos below.
The move comes after LSU fans raised enough money to put up 13 “#FreeDevinWhite” billboards in the Birmingham area, location of the Southeastern Conference league office, and Baton Rouge last week. The excess funds from the donations are set to be donated to the LSU Vet School Equine department, a cause that Devin White – who owns multiple horses – would certainly get behind. However, the Tigers star linebacker will still miss the first half of the game against Alabama after he was flagged for a targeting penalty on Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald two weeks ago.
The GoFundMe started by Averette mentioned the Devin White campaign in its description:
Do #FreeDevinWhite billboards seem ignorant and misguided to you?
If so, this is the place for you! Donate your money more intelligently, strategically, and sympathetically.
While LSU fans waste their money on meaningless billboards based on a conspiracy theory between The University Of Alabama and the Southeastern Conference offices in Birmingham, we are starting this campaign to raise money for hurricane relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Michael, which devastated parts of the Eastern United States in early October.
This hurricane has not received anywhere near the amount of media coverage it should’ve and these people still need help! It caused damage in excess of $8.1 billion.
Stop giving money to meaningless conspiracy theories and give it to people who need your help!
THE BAMA BILLBOARDS ARE UP IN BATON ROUGE:
— Blake (@ba2216) October 29, 2018
Over the weekend, another GoFundMe campaign, “Operation Purple Sky,” was started. The campaign raised $8,125 in three days. Of the money raised, $4,000 was allocated to fly a “#FreeDevinWhite” banner ahead of the matchup between Florida and Georgia, which the Bulldogs won 36-17, in Jacksonville last Saturday. The banner is also scheduled to be seen flying in Baton Rouge before LSU hosts the Crimson Tide at Tiger Stadium. Excess funds “will go to the United Cajun Navy, which has been providing immediate and effective hurricane relief at a grass-roots level to hurricane and flood victims across the country,” according to the GoFundMe page.
Alabama and LSU are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised on CBS.