The state of Georgia is tired of slimy autograph dealers looking to make a quick buck off of college stars. A bill to make it a crime was recently brought forth, and this week it was made official.
According to a report from The Associated Press, on Thursday, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 3, aka the “Todd Gurley bill,” into law. Individuals who are caught trading money for autographs could now face up to a year in prison.
Gurley had to forfeit playing part of his final season at UGA due to this very situation. He was suspended after being caught receiving money in exchange for his signature.
State Rep. Barry Fleming is happy to see the bill brought to life.
“That’s what really got most peoples’ dander up,” Fleming stated in regards to the broker trying to sell Gurley out to the media afterwards. “I was disappointed when it happened. But I understand the young man comes from a very humble background. His mother didn’t have funds to properly repair the roof on the trailer she raised him in.”
“We plugged it into a law about alumni being overzealous. Now it’s a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. It can be up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
“It’s a good law. Now dealers know they can lose money and get in real trouble.”
Now all that’s left to do is address the money-grubbing NCAA.