A report has come out indicating that USC Trojans star wide receiver Marqise Lee signed some photos at the same event where Johnny Manziel supposedly signed autographs for money. In an effort to clear up any misconceptions about the situation, Dave Roberts of the USC athletic department released this statement on Tuesday:
USC recently received an inquiry that floated Marqise Lee’s name and the autograph signing situation in Miami that has been in the news lately.
As is USC’s policy, USC immediately and diligently investigated the inquiry. Last January, Marqise and other college football award winners were in Miami to be honored by the Orange Bowl Committee at the BCS Championship Game. While there, Lee signed several photographs, some that were personalized, for an individual who represented himself as a fan and collector. Some of those photos have since been offered for sale online.
USC has determined there was no NCAA infraction and is in the process of sending a cease-and-desist letter to the individual demanding that he stop selling any photos signed by Lee. (USA Today Sports)
Lee himself emphasized that he was in no way compensated for his autographs. Let’s hope more athletes follow his example and keep all things related to signing relegated to classes on semiotics.
[Source: USA Today Sports]