Toby Keith is being accused of refusing to sign a guitar for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital charity after one of his concerts.
Vice President of Creative Adventures, Joel Bieschke explained his side.
“One of the radio station program directors got meet-and-greets and permission to get a guitar signed for St. Jude’s 2013 radio fundraiser,” Joel told Radaronline. “People donate to win a guitar signed by their favorite artist on the air and the money goes to help the children at St. Jude. But when we got face-to-face with Toby in the meet-and-greet line, he refused to sign the guitar and his crew told us to leave or else they were going to call security. It would have taken him 10 seconds to sign that guitar to help raise money for children who are terminally ill. I’d like to think he was not that type of guy.”
Toby’s road manager, David Milam, said this about the singer, who has helped many charities in the past.
“I know of no requests like that at that show. If it was asked of us for Toby to sign something for St. Jude or any other legitimate charity, we always do so. For them to think that Toby would disregard a great charity like St. Jude, when he has his own foundation that supports and has the same goals, is just stupid.”
It sounds like there was a misunderstanding, but we’ll have to wait and see what Toby says since he has not yet made a public announcement.
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