Crazy Autograph Stories on TMZ -- J.Lo, Jericho, and Jackson

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.

 

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Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Chris Jericho, Jennifer Lopez, Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe, Samuel Jackson, TMZ

Comment by Robert Babb on August 1, 2017 at 6:47am

hey josh how about a guitar signed by Jericho? awesome story as usual josh!

Comment by Jason Strecker on August 3, 2017 at 6:56pm

Chris Jericho sure has changed in recent years. One guy posted on a facebook autographs page how Chris wouldn't sign his own photo (you know, he's a "heel" even though this "kayfabe" thing died out years ago) BUT Chris did take a photo of another wrestler the guy had and wrote all over it. Didn't he also have an incident overseas? I think something with a foreign flag.

Years ago and up to maybe 2011 I've met him a few times and he's always been great to the fans. Acts (and it seemed genuine) like he was just another guy but fame or playing a part or a mid life crisis has just gotten the better of him.

Comment by Josh Board on August 3, 2017 at 7:01pm

Interesting story, Jason. It reminded me of when I met George Foreman. He kept telling people in line, "I don't sign any photos where I'm hitting somebody, or somebody is hitting me." We all just kind of looked at each other like...huh? dude was a boxer. We have boxing photos!!!  So, if you had a head shot -- it was signed. In the ring -- it was signed. Holding a championship belt -- signed. Two guys in ring READY to throw a punch -- signed. Two guns in ring with one connecting a punch -- DENIED !!!

Comment by Jason Strecker on August 4, 2017 at 4:33am

Perhaps George thinks the punching photos will bring a premium price. He has been great thru mail for years, for free, but back even years ago he would keep a list of names of people who sent for his autograph and would only sign one per person. Not a problem, give everyone a chance, but maybe this is done to cut down on the freebies that may be re-sold. Also, now his thing is, he will not sign trading cards, only the photos he sends. For years, he would sign trading cards.

Comment by Jason Strecker on August 4, 2017 at 4:36am

Another thing about Jericho, I get if he cant pass up the WWE money but he's far from the innovative talent that made the historic debut in WWF in 1999. Possibly, he's still so popular because a new group of younger WWE fans are watching (possibly ones my age back in the Attitude Era). At a book signing in 2011 a fan asked when he would return to WWE again. He said probably not, unless it was a special occasion. He had to have a special storyline in returning. I think he returned the same year. LOL. And it was a boring return, IMO and I think the fans thought that too. He stood in the ring and trolled without saying anything. Definitely not the innovative Y2J and Save Us 222 from 1999 and 2007. This new Jericho the character I guess is now the Jericho the person and it's crazy how many of the newer fans are quoting this "on the list" thing, whatever that is.

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