— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 14, 2017
Emails show that New York Giants quarterback was apparently in on memorabilia scheme and tabloids call him Eli Manning.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was apparently involved in the now infamous memorabilia scheme.
The Giants were apparently trying to defraud collectors by selling fake game-worn gear as the real thing. Manning, who has a contract with memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports, instructed a team manager in an email to get the fake equipment so that it could be sold as authentic, according to Kaja Whitehouse and Bruce Golding of the New York Post.
“2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli,” the quarterback emailed Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba in April 2010. He then emailed his marketing agent Alan Zucker, who requested the helmets, saying “Should be able to get them for tomorrow.”
The emails were filed in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court as part of a lawsuit against the Giants. Three collectors, Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab, and Sean Godwon, filed the lawsuit against the Giants in 2014 for selling phony game-worn memorabilia.
Court papers claim that the quarterback’s emails prove that “Manning was looking to give non-game-used helmets to Steiner to satisfy — fraudulently — his contractual obligation” with Steiner.” On Thursday Brian Brooks, the plaintiff’s lawyer, said “it appears to be the case that someone at the Giants organization deleted” those emails, as well as another, previously disclosed 2008 exchange.”
“The email, taken out of context, was shared with the media by an unscrupulous memorabilia dealer and his counsel who for years has been seeking to leverage a big payday,” the Giants lawyers said in a statement. “The email predates any litigation, and there was no legal obligation to store it on the Giants server. Eli Manning is well known for his integrity and this is just the latest misguided attempt to defame his character.”
On Friday the New York Post and the New York Daily News called Manning a liar by calling him E-Lie Manning in their headlines.
People reacted to Manning’s involvement in the scandal on Twitter.
Eli Manning out here winning Super Bowls and selling y'all fake jerseys. How can anyone hate that man? Ultimate hustler.
— DC (@Mr__Cotto) April 13, 2017
This gotta be the most boring scandal on the planet. If this ain't a scandal indicative of Eli Manning idk what would be.
— Peanut Butter Legs (@alifelongfiasco) April 13, 2017
Eli Manning got busted selling fake memorabilia. Unbelievable… Someone bought Eli Manning memorabilia.
— Matt Fernandez (@FattMernandez) April 13, 2017
Eli Manning commits fraud, and @nflcommish will probably suspend Brady as punishment.
— Pete (@usafss74) April 13, 2017
Damn just like Eli Manning's passes his emails were intercepted.
— FatBottomGrillsBBQ (@FBGBBQ) April 13, 2017
— John Frazier (@Eaglefan12) April 13, 2017
I'll never look at Eli Manning the same way again…
My guy really has AOL.
He'll have to throw at least 25 TD this year to forgive him
— Keychain (@KiDJango) April 13, 2017
If Brady did what Eli manning was accused of doing, he would be suspended for life without evidence ???
— Jimmy Duszynski (@jduszynski2) April 13, 2017
Does anyone want to buy this game-used Eli Manning helmet he signed a few years ago? pic.twitter.com/RRM9fEIPzV
— 4th of July Burger (@GettingGrilled) April 14, 2017
@McCannSportsLaw No. Eli Manning isn't Tom Brady and doesn't play for the Patriots. Let's be real: If it were Brady, even this would be CNN's leading story.
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) April 14, 2017
— Patriots Extra (@PatriotsExtra) April 14, 2017
Wait a minute, people were actually buying Eli Manning jerseys/memorabilia on purpose???????????????????????????????????????????
— Rube (@Rubethedude) April 14, 2017
Rough few years for Eli Manning. Even his emails now get intercepted. #had to
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) April 14, 2017
— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) April 14, 2017
Don't let the Aaron Hernandez verdict distract u from the fact Eli Manning, Mara family and the Giants defrauded fans with fake merchandise.
— 10 Titles 16 Years (@9titles15years) April 14, 2017
Before saying Eli Manning did anything, remember that a tabloid paper broke the story. Exaggerations may be at hand. #NFL
— Chris Fieldhouse (@cfieldhouse1) April 13, 2017