Eli Manning on Memorabilia Scam Lawsuit: 'I Did Nothing Wrong'

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 21, 2017

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on Thursday denied allegations made in a civil racketeering lawsuit that accuses him of knowingly providing memorabilia collectors with fake "game-used" equipment.

Last week, an attorney for the plaintiffs - collectors Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown - introduced an email sent by Manning on April 27, 2010, to Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba, in which Manning asked for "two helmets that can pass as game-used" for his Steiner memorabilia deal.

"I will say", he continued, becoming visibly choked up, "that I've never done what I've been accused of doing".

Manning spoke Thursday at an offseason availability.

Manning insists he has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide.

"I have no reason to do anything of that nature", Manning said. "And I know that when this is all done, everybody will see it the same way". "I've tried to handle everything with class and be a stand up citizen, and that's what I have done and that's being attacked right now".

The two-time Super Bowl victor has a contract with Steiner Sports, a prominent sports memorabilia seller, but Manning said he would have no financial incentive by trying to pass along equipment that wasn't authentic.

Manning said that he was "handling" it and has been for three years, when the allegations first surfaced.

".Someone starts something up and everybody turns against you very quickly", Manning said.

"A lot of times, we're not in the locker room, and there are a lot of leagues and teams that don't have authentication programs that really secure product", he said. "I think when it all does I'll be clear of this and everybody will see I've done nothing wrong".

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