It's Tough to Believe New York Giants QB Eli Manning When he Claims He's Done Nothing Wrong
Feb 4, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to the media in the press room after being named the co-winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year during the 6th Annual NFL Honors at Wortham Theater. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning says he’s done nothing wrong, but it’s tough to believe him based on the ongoing evidence.

You’ve probably heard of the saying, “The truth will set you free.” These days, Eli Manning and the New York Giants are hoping the truth will set the quarterback free.

Manning has been accused of being involved in the Giants memorabilia scheme. On Thursday, he denied being involved in the scandal, saying that he didn’t do what he has been accused of and that he’s done nothing wrong. The quarterback, who has a contract with memorabilia seller Steiner Sports, also said that he wouldn’t have any financial incentive to pass along bogus equipment to sell as the real thing.

Attorneys representing the Giants and the quarterback have filed a motion that states that “relevant evidence” was intentionally omitted to make it look like Manning was involved. The motion, filed in Bergen County (New Jersey) on Wednesday, claims that Manning’s emails were mischaracterized for the purpose of disparaging him and the Giants, according to Jordan Raanan and Darren Rovell of ESPN.

Big Blue’s lawyers say that the two-time Super Bowl winner wasn’t asking equipment manager Joe Skiba to create fake helmets when he emailed him saying that he needed “two helmets that can pass as game used” in 2010. “It was simply a request from Mr. Manning for his game-used helmets that were in possession of the equipment staff,” they say in the brief filed on Wednesday, according to Kaja Whitehouse and Bruce Golding of the New York Post.

Big Blue has asked the judge to impose sanctions on the plaintiffs in the case because this should have never gone public.

Since nothing in the parties’ confidentiality agreement or the applicable law allows Manning and the Giants to censor public court filings, their motions are part of a desperate attempt to bully our clients,’’ the plaintiff’s lawyers said.

ESNY’s Jason Leach said that we should believe Manning when he said that he did nothing wrong. The Giants quarterback has never been part of a controversy or scandal and no one has anything negative to say about him. He and Larry Fitzgerald were named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year because of their charity work.

Look, I agree with Leach and I want to believe that Manning is telling the truth when he says that he did nothing wrong. However, the evidence may be against Manning. The emails that the Post made public make it hard to believe that the quarterback did nothing wrong because they make it look like he was involved.

Now Manning has to defend himself and prove that he wasn’t involved in the memorabilia scheme. Let’s hope that he was right when he said that he did nothing wrong because it would suck to see a guy who has done nothing wrong in his career be part of a scheme like this.

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