Eli Manning said he's done nothing wrong regarding the allegations against him @EliteSportsNY #NYG pic.twitter.com/CY5FV2H8Ce
— Jason Leach (@JasonKLeach) April 20, 2017
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning denied he played any role in a scam to defraud memorabilia dealers in New Jersey.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning denied that he was involved in the Giants memorabilia scandal on Thursday.
Last week, the New York Post reported that Manning emailed the team’s equipment manager about getting fake gear that could be sold as the real thing. He also emailed his marketing agent about the bogus items. The next day, the Post and the New York Daily News called Manning E-Lie Manning and New Jersey governor Chris Christie has also called him a liar.
The two-time Super Bowl winner said that he was angry about the allegations and that he hasn’t done anything wrong.
“I’ve never done what I’ve been accused of doing,” he said. “I have no reason nor have I ever had a reason to do anything of that nature. I’ve done nothing wrong and I have nothing to hide. I know when this is all done everybody will see this the same way.”
Our very own Jason Leach was on the scene (video above).
A very angry Eli Manning on the Giants memorabilia scandal: "I have never done what I've been accused of doing."
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He added, “I’ve tried to do everything with class and be a stand-up citizen. That’s what I have done and that’s being attacked right now. I’m just more angry than anything … having to deal with this and knowing that I did nothing wrong and [am] still being attacked.”
The quarterback said that he couldn’t answer any questions about the pending lawsuit. He and the Giants have submitted a new filing that they believe will clear the quarterback’s name, according to ESPN.
Manning, who has a contract with memorabilia seller Steiner Sports, said that he wouldn’t have a financial incentive to pass along bogus equipment. He also said that he hasn’t heard anything from the NFL on this matter.