Eli Manning denies fake-memorabilia claims

Eli Manning turned over a potentially incriminating email earlier this month in connection with a lawsuit that claims the quarterback, the New York Giants and a team equipment manager knowingly provided false game-worn memorabilia to collectors.

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

Manning's response comes after the New York Post published an excerpt from an email that allegedly shows the former Super Bowl MVP instructing an equipment manager to obtain gear that could be passed off as authentic game-used memorabilia.

Manning said he has heard "nothing from the NFL" regarding the matter. "I will say that I have never done what I have been accused of doing".

A trial in Manning's case is scheduled to begin on September 25 in Bergen County (New Jersey) Superior Court. I have no reason to do anything of that nature.

The emails included in the documents include one from Manning to Skiba from April 27, 2010, requesting "2 helmets that can pass as game used", and another from Manning to his marketing agent, Alan Zucker, sent shortly after the Skiba exchange telling Zucker he "should be able to get them for tomorrow". The suit also alleges that the Giants were complicit by deleting the email from their accounts.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning is speaking out against the notion that he was involved in a fake sports memorabilia scheme. "That's what I have done and that's being attacked right now", Manning told reporters, according to ESPN. He refused to answer specific questions because the lawsuit is pending.

"When Eli Manning walks into your office and he says, "These are my game-used items", then I'd like to think that I can believe that", Steiner said in a Monday Facebook Live interview. "I know when this is all done everybody will see this the same way".

  • Julie Sanders