Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt was tagged in a tweet on Thursday showing a football with his autograph that was won at a charity event.


But it shouldn’t take an expert to notice that there’s something fishy about this J.J. Watt autograph. The autograph spells “JJ Watts.”

It’s hard to believe that someone in the Houston area wouldn’t know how to spell “J.J Watt,” and especially if they’re making a phony autograph of his. But that’s what happened, and Watt called it out on Twitter.

Man, whoever faked my signature on that ball didn’t even know how to spell my name!

DM me an address and I’ll send you a proper signed ball to auction off. We can’t have people doing charity like that.

A very cool move by Watt to offer to send the fan a real, authentic autographed football to replace this phony one.

Heroes for Children (a charity to help families with kids battling cancer) held the event, and a spokesperson for the charity released a statement to KPRC-2 (Houston NBC affiliate) on the phony autographed football.

“It has been brought to our attention that these were not authentic items, and we are beyond embarrassed and disappointed to have misrepresented their authenticity. We are refunding the donation and will return the items appropriately. In the future, we will go through the proper steps to ensure authenticity.”

KPRC-2 adds that “the organization said one of its donors donated two footballs and a baseball to be used in a raffle and none of the items were authentic.”

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