Florida State's athletic compliance department has begun to look into Jameis Winston autographs authenticated by the same company who has been linked to suspended Georgia running back Todd Gurley.
Florida State's athletic compliance department is looking into Jameis Winston autographs authenticated by the same company that has been linked to suspended Georgia running back Todd Gurley, reports ESPN.
Gurley was suspended indefinitely last week for allegedly accepting money for autographs. According to ESPN, James Spence Authentication certified more than 500 autographs of Gurley, and Florida State is now looking into how JSA has more than 340 authentic Winston autographs on its website.
After the game, Fisher told reporters that he wasn't concerned about the autograph company being linked to Winston and that the quarterback signs things for fans all the time.
From ESPN's report:
JSA authenticates items as it receives them, and attaches the serial numbers in sequential order. JSA authenticated 76 of the exact same Florida State logo footballs in order with serial numbers J65886 through J65962 and 70 of the exact same signed mini helmets in order with serial numbers J66829 through J66896. The company also authenticated 53 jerseys in row (J66947 through J67001), 38 11-by-14 photos (J66026 through J66064), 18 of the exact same footballs (J66919 through J66936) and 11 signed Rawlings baseballs (J66898 through J66911).
"The items that I've seen signed by Todd Gurley and Jameis Winston, which have been authenticated by JSA, look like they came from an autograph signing," said Martin Buckley, co-owner of Palm Beach Autographs in Florida, which has done signings with Heisman Trophy winners Tim Tebow, Herschel Walker and Charlie Ward, among others. "This is based on the items, themselves, being similar, the quantities of those items, the consistency of signature as well as similar spots in which they signed."
In the Gurley case, a check of the James Spence Authentication database by SI revealed 90 consecutively numbered pieces of Gurley-signed memorabilia, which typically suggests they were done at a large-scale signing.
Winston is currently involved in a Title IX investigation being done by Florida State in regards to an accusation of sexual assault from 2012. Winston was never charged in the case, but faces a disciplinary hearing.
- Molly Geary