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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott used machine to sign autographs?

Vincent Frank
Ezekiel Elliott
Matthew Emmons, USA Today Sports

The last thing the defending NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys need is drama surrounding their franchise quarterback heading into the 2017 season.

Dallas has not necessarily been quiet off the field throughout the spring and the summer. From the NFL investigating Ezekiel Elliott’s alleged domestic violence incident to this latest off-field arrest, things are not going too swimmingly in Big D.

We can now add what might very well be a pretty big scandal to the mix.

ESPN’s Darren Rovell is reporting that Dak Prescott has been accused of using a machine to sign autographs for collectors. No, really.

“Dak Prescott is being accused of using a machine to sign his autograph for memorabilia company selling to collectors instead of signing himself,” Rovell reported on Wednesday.

Steve Grad of Beckett Grading Servies have refused to authenticate Prescott’s signature. Instead, he’s claiming that they were signed by a machine.

“They had a very machine like feel. You could see the starts and stops.¬†I immediately knew they were autopen,” Grad said. “I’ve never heard of a modern athlete doing this.”

That’s some alarming stuff right there. But this isn’t the first time a player in the NFL has been accused of doing the same thing. Earlier this year, card company Panini discovered that Atlanta Falcons rookie first-round pick¬†Takkarist McKinley had not actually signed cards himself.

We understand full well that NFL players are busy. Signing thousands of autographs in one sitting likely isn’t what they want to do during the offseason. But claiming fake autographs to be real has to be considered some type of fraud.