According to the report, Winston met with the Florida State compliance department last month to look at the memorabilia being sold online bearing his signature. ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell reported that thousands of authenticated items were for sale with Winston’s signature were called into question after James Spence Authentication received the items only after PSA/DNA canceled a February signing with Winston.
Winston and the FSU compliance department viewed items such as jerseys, mini-helmets and photos on Spence’s website that bore his signature and Winston said that wasn’t his signature.
Rovell reported that a memorabilia dealer wanted to get Winston’s signature on some items, but Winston refused and never met the dealer. The dealer still somehow produced items with Winston’s name signed on them. The report says no one has been found to prove that Winston actually signed the items.
Spence’s website reportedly had authenticated more than 2,000 Winston autographs. Florida State looked into the matter and said there is no evidence that Winston has been paid for his signature.
Winston has continued to play this season, throwing for 2,844 yards, with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for the defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Seminoles, who have won 26 straight games going into Saturday’s home contest against Boston College.
- Scooby Axson