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NASCAR just announced that the helmet racer Robby Gordon threw at Michael Waltrip's car last weekend β€” apparently Waltrip crashed his car or something β€” will be auctioned off to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. Of all the self-involved attempts by athlete to pump up the Q rating by pretending to be devoted to Katrina charity, this might be our favorite. Someone gets fined for something they did by their league, and it's spun forward by saying, hey, it was all for Katrina research.

Imagine the possibilities. Todd Bertuzzi could auction off the stick he used to bash Steve Moore. John Rocker could auction off a burning cross. Barry Bonds could auction off some needles; Najeh Davenport could sell some of his poop. And we don't need to even suggest what O.J. would sell ...

Gordon Will Auction Helmet For Katrina []
Charity A Wee Bit At A Time [Deadspin]