The website, eBay, which was launched in 1995 and is now a multinational internet consumer-to-consumer corporation that rakes in billions per year through its online auctions and shopping, has just about everything available for sale.
Need a new set of golf clubs? Well, eBay has those along with appliances, books, cameras, clothing, computers, electronics, furniture, jewelry, toys and more. Heck, you can even buy a house or a car on eBay, as well.
Another thing eBay sells is sports memorabilia. They have tons of it. If you do an eBay search on “Braxton Miller,” you’ll find 436 items, though only a few of them are actually signed. One item was a football and the seller didn’t give any information on how it was obtained. Then there’s a 7×5 photograph that another seller mentioned it was signed at the 2013 Big Ten luncheon in Chicago last month.
And while I’m not a handwriting expert by any means, the one signed item didn’t match the other. With that, I think some of the items floating around the internet are quite possibly forged signatures.
Earlier today an internal investigation at Ohio State concluded that Miller did not profit from any of the items he signed while in Chicago in July.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Wednesday the university talked to Miller after someone offered autographs and signed memorabilia for sale online without the junior’s knowledge.
The article went on to say that “Miller had been cleared of breaking any NCAA bylaws.”
AD Smith referring to an autograph session held in Chicago during the conference’s annual football preseason media days:
“We looked at it and most of the stuff was from the Big Ten Kickoff luncheon. Most of that stuff was from there. So if you get something signed by Braxton, you throw it up and sell it. There’s no connection.”
All of this comes on the heels of an ESPN report earlier in the week that the NCAA is investigating whether Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M was paid for signing hundreds of autographs at a Florida hotel room back in January.