Former Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott may be in a bit of hot water regarding his signature and some football cards.
According to a report from ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the former Mississippi State quarterback is being accused of using a machine to replicate his autograph on collectible football cards being sold to fans.
The 2016 Panini Prizm set of football cards included autograph redemption inserts for the Dallas Cowboys star, and the cards that were produced with his signature were reportedly not authenticated by well-respected industry authenticator Beckett Grading Services.
Steve Grad, who serves as the principal authenticator of Beckett Grading Services, told Rovell that the company denied to authenticate five autographed cards sent in by collectors because they lacked “natural flow.”
“They had a very machine like feel,” Grad said, per the report by Rovell. “You could see the starts and stops.”
“I immediately knew they were autopen. I’ve never heard of a modern athlete doing this.”
The autopen is often used in the world of politics, where bulk signatures are sometimes required for things like letters to constituents.
Rovell provided a look at the autographed football cards in question:
Dak Prescott has not yet commented on this situation, but there’s a good chance he’ll have to answer questions on it in the near future.