A lot of interesting autograph things were shown happening on TMZ tonight (that show is my guilty pleasure).
Wrestler Chris Jericho was signing autographs for some people and when he said he wasn’t going to sign anymore, a guy got upset and started screaming expletives at him. At one point, he even called him the n-word (side note: Jericho is white; the guy using the racial slur was a lighter skinned African-American). Jericho looked like he was ready to fight the guy, and the two exchanged curse words, with somebody holding Jericho back. Boy would it have been fun to see a professional wrestler fight a guy that was refused an autograph.
Another, more fun exchange, involved Samuel Jackson at the airport. Now, he might not like motherf***ing snakes on his mother****ing plane, but he sure didn’t seem bothered by the autograph dealers. He was signing 8x10s, basketballs (he was “Coach Carter”), and lots of assorted items. At one point he says “Damn, man...I’m not gonna sign everything you own.” The crowd laughed. He was in great spirits.
And lastly, Alex Rodriguez was signing autographs at a sports memorabilia event. That’s not so surprising, as lots of athletes do that. What was surprising is the fact that Jennifer Lopez, his current girlfriend, was sitting by his side doing that. No word on if she signed any of the baseballs, or if anybody even asked her for an autograph. I’m guessing hardcore baseball fans would rather not have her signature on it, but...the more the merrier. Marilyn Monroe has signed a handful of baseballs that Joe DiMaggio (her one-time husband) was asked to autograph. Those things go for well into the six figures (and a friend of mine has one).
Now...Rodriguez is no DiMaggio...and J-Lo is no Monroe. But still.