That $5,000 Football "Signed By American Presidents" Is The Most Damning Of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Alleged Illicit SpoilsSam Eifling2/16/13 1:30pmFiled to: Police Blotterjesse jackson jr.Rolexjimi hendrixMalcolm XMichael JacksonCivil RightsCongressIllinoisPovertyGettypicNews20EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIf the federal case against him is accurate, Jesse Jackson Jr. is taking a fall in part because of his covetousness for a "football signed by American Presidents" valued at $5,000. The former U.S. Congressman from Illinois and a conspirator are accused of fraudulently raising campaign funds and using the money "for their own personal benefit," except that it's impossible to see the benefit, really, in the stupid shit that Jackson apparently determined was worth risking prison time. Maybe the $43,000 Rolex makes some sense. But ten large in Bruce Lee memorabilia? More than $1,500 in "porcelain collector's items"? Almost $40,000 worth of Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Jackson and Malcolm X memorabilia?