File this one under WTF for…uh…well…WTF?
So apparently, an Oklahoma man was convicted a few years ago of armed robbery and two counts of shooting with intent to kill. In 2005, he was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison. However, to honor Boston Celtic great Larry Bird (jersey number 33), the man, Eric Torpy, asked for an additional three years to be added to his sentence. Now, he is living to regret that decision.
From the Boston Globe:
Torpy says he was “basically clowning around’’ when he asked for more time.
“I told them, ‘Look, you might as well just give me three more and give me a number I like,’ ’’ he said. “And I’ve always liked Larry Bird. And I’ve always liked the Boston Celtics.’’
But after sharing a 10-foot-by-15-foot cell at the Davis Correctional Facility for the last six years, Torpy regrets asking for the extra time.
“Now that I have to do that time, yes I do,’’ says Torpy. “I kind of wished that I had 30 instead of 33. Recently I’ve wisened up.
“That three is a big deal, you know? Three years matters.’’
Torpy will turn 33 this year and is not eligible for parole until 2033.
Sheesh. Where to start?
First, let’s consider the sheer stupidity of this. I have my share of people I admire (athletes, scholars, public servants, etc.). But you won’t EVER see me making ill-fated choices to honor them. Seriously man, WTF? Secondly, I didn’t have to read the article or view Torpy’s photo to know he wasn’t a brotha. I mean, what brotha do you know who would voluntarily add time to his prison sentence? For that matter, how many brothas do you know who would openly confess their admiration for Larry Bird? Most of my cousins ‘nem simply can’t concede to the fact that – at the end of the day – the dude really could play.
I guess it could’ve been worse, though. The guy could’ve been a George Mikan fan.