Crocs co-founder George Boedecker regrets "batsh*t crazy" Taylor Swift-blaming DUI bust
Big photo below.
Update: Yesterday, we told you about the DUI arrest of Crocs co-founder George Boedecker Jr., who allegedly claimed that a "batshit crazy" Taylor Swift had actually been behind the wheel of his car; look below to read the extraordinary tale and the police report from which it springs. After the report appeared, a statement of regret was released on Boedecker's behalf. Here it is:
On behalf of the Boedecker Foundation and Mr. George Boedecker Jr., we acknowledge and regret the incident of Aug. 12 in Boulder, Colorado, between our founder, George Boedecker Jr. and the Boulder Police Department. We would appreciate respecting both privacy and the ongoing investigation at this time. We will have another statement issued as the process unfolds.
Note that this statement was shared by dovetail solutions, a Denver marketing and public relations firm whose approach is said to enable "companies to make a lasting impact in their own communities while substantiating their brand's presence in the marketplace."
The Boedecker case certainly presents a PR and marketing challenge for dovetail, and for Crocs. After all, the last things the company wants crossing the mind of parents when they're considering shoes for their tots, or for themselves, are Boedecker quotes from the police report such as "I have seventeen fucking homes" and "Go fuck yourselves in the ass."
Here's our previous coverage.
Original post, 12:03 p.m. August 14: Plenty of people across the globe love Crocs, the rubbery clogs manufactured in Niwot, despite nasty reviews and stories of kids getting their toes mangled in escalators. But they may look at them differently after the DUI arrest of Crocs co-founder George Boedecker Jr., outlined in a wacky police report on view below that claims he pointed the finger of blame at none other than America's sweetheart, Taylor Swift.
At 5:17 p.m. on August 12, the report maintains, a Boulder Police officer was dispatched to the 3400 block of 22nd Street on a report of a male passed out in the driver's seat of a still-running Porsche.
Before the officer arrived, the man, later identified as Boedecker, 51, managed to rouse himself and walk away from the car. But he didn't get far, since Boulder emergency personnel were also called to the scene. By the time the officer arrived, one EMT had already settled on a diagnosis. "He's drunk as crap," she said.
Later, the EMT described her first encounter with Boedecker while in the company of a paramedic. Initially, she said, Boedecker insisted that he'd merely pulled over his car in order to take a nap. But then he announced that his girlfriend had been driving and she was "batshit crazy."
The officer subsequently chatted with a witness -- but as he was doing so, he spotted Boedecker moving away from the ambulance and trying to get into the Porsche, a key in his hand. Given that Boedecker reportedly reeked of alcohol, the cop quickly put a stop to any potential escape plan and asked for his driver's license. He then inquired as to whether the address on the license was current, to which Boedecker is said to have replied, "I have seventeen fucking homes."
That spurred a followup question about whether the address on the license was his primary residence. "That's the only one you fucking need," Boedecker allegedly answered.
Next came Boedecker's tale about what had led him to his current location. The narrative quotes him as saying his girlfriend had driven them there from a benefit at 11:30 p.m. the night before. He added that they'd gotten to an argument, prompting her to exit the Porsche and run off.
The story shifted after that, with Boedecker saying they'd actually driven to the area at 11:30 a.m. But he adamantly denied he'd been driving, even though the aforementioned witness had seen him behind the wheel.
Finally, the main event: The document reports that after being quizzed about his girlfriend and her whereabouts, Boedecker said she was a singer and "really fucking famous" -- and then wanted to know if the officer was familiar with Taylor Swift.
If the cop broke out laughing at this point, he leaves that part out. Instead, he recalls asking again where the girlfriend/Ms. Swift was, after which Boedecker "gestured casually towards a neighboring yard, and said she was in Nashville."
As the questions continued, Boedecker allegedly became irritated, declaring that he'd had it with the cop's "fucking questions" and warned him that things were about to get medieval -- or, as it's spelled in the report, "mid-evil." He refused to participate in voluntary roadside maneuvers ("your fucking maneuvers," he's said to have called them), kept interrupting during the Mirandizing process to say that he knew his "fucking rights" and advised two officers to "go fuck yourselves in the ass."
The blood draw process didn't go much smoother. According to the narrative, he responded to an unheard statement by a Boulder County deputy by exclaiming, "If you didn't have that fucking gun, I would!" He also dubbed the reporting officer an "asshole," referred to him as his "enemy for life" and said he hoped the cop would "fucking die."
In the end, Boedecker was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence -- and it turns out this was not his first encounter with law enforcement. The Boulder Daily Camera notes that he was busted in 2006 on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing and threatening bodily injury after allegedly telling his sister's ex-husband that he would slit his throat. He wound up with a six-month deferred sentence.
Oh yeah: Boedecker reportedly resigned from Crocs' board of directors the day before the earlier arrest -- but the Camera writes that he remains the benefactor of the Boedecker Theater at Boulder's Dairy Center for the Arts.
If the police narrative is accurate, he certainly put on quite a show this weekend. Here's a larger version of his mug shot, followed by the two arrest documents supplied by the Boulder Police Department.
George Boedecker, Jr.
More from our News archive: "Crocs blocked: How one wrong word cost the company $230,000."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Westword's biggest stories.