Jameis Winston's "authenticated" autographs may be fake

Well, ESPN's Darren Rovell has some explaining to do. Rovell practically drug Winston's name through the mud when he originally released his report about Winston having over 1,000 signed items in the same database as Georgia running back Todd Gurley. Gurley was suspended four games for accepting improper benefits.

A favorite pastime for ESPN is trying to dig up any information it can on Winston, and it looks like it failed miserably. Now, Rovell is reporting that the autographs were rejected at first due to legitimacy concerns. Here's what he says:

"The autograph authentication company that has certified more than 1,000 jerseys, photos, mini helmets and other items as bearing the valid signature of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston received the items only after an initial authentication firm rejected the job because of concerns about their legitimacy, sources told "Outside the Lines."

"Five sources who spoke to "Outside the Lines" on the condition of anonymity said that James Spence Authentication got the items only after competitor PSA/DNA backed out of the February signing with Winston. PSA/DNA did so after being told that it couldn't witness the quarterback signing the items in person, sources said."

Rovell continues his report by disregarding what he had previously reported as fact.

How about an apology, Rovell?

You can read his entire, detailed report right here.