Report: Signed Jameis Winston items were not authenticated by one firm
Memorabilia company James Spence Authentication received more than 1,000 items with Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's signature only after another company, PSA/DNA, decided they couldn't authenticate the signatures, ESPN's Darren Rovell reports.
JSA posted more than 2,000 authenticated items with Winston's signature and Florida State said it was looking into the matter last month. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Winston has "never taken a dime for anything," according to USA Today. Winston has not commented on the situation and has not been disciplined, either.
Rovell reports Winston was scheduled to sign autographs in a hotel room for PSA/DNA in February, but he changed the location to an apartment and did not allow the company to watch him do the signing. Without being able to watch him first-hand, the company deemed it would be unable to authenticate the items as there were inconsistencies across the items.
JSA then acquired the items and validated all of them. Company lawyer Stacy Biancamano told ESPN they are confident in the authenticity of the signatures.
"JSA is confident in its authentication based on a comprehensive exemplar file and a 10-person authentication panel who independently score the autographs," Biancamano told "Outside the Lines."
Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, has completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 2,844 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season.
Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the country and hosts Boston College on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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