It sounded like a good idea at the time and his heart may have been in the right place, but delivering what he promised has become a headache for an Indianapolis dealer.
Brett LeMieux of Ultimate Sports Collection promised fans an autographed picture of Colts receiver Pierre Garcon if they would donate money to Garcon’s Haiti earthquake relief fund back in December.
Many fans did just that. It sounded like a win-win, considering Garcon’s sudden star status and the dire need for assistance in his native country.
Garcon had nothing to do with the plan hatched by LeMieux, though. It was pretty much a one man show and he says when a credit card processing problem popped up, he got swamped. Too swamped, in fact, to deliver what he’d promised.
“I didn’t realize how big this was going to take off and how many people were going to be doing this. I understood that there was probably going to be some orders coming in and it obviously took off over night,” he said.
Fans and collectors wondered if the fund ever got any of the money because they never got the signed items they were promised. WISH-TV caught up with LeMieux who is promising to come through.