Eli Manning insists he did nothing wrong in memorabilia suit

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning responds to allegations he was involved in a Giants memorabilia scam during a press conference at the training center in East Rutherford, NJ on Wednesday, April 20, 2017.

Manning addressed the accusations on Thursday after a plaintiff in a 2014 lawsuit recently filed a motion to compel testimony that included an email from Manning to a team equipment manager asking for two helmets that could pass as game-used items.

Manning claims that the emails were "taken out of context" and that he's "more angry than anything" that his character is being called into question.

Manning said he has heard "nothing from the NFL" regarding the matter.

"I will say I have never done what I've been accused of doing". According to court documents, in the email, Manning asked for helmets that can be passed as "game used".

Brandon Steiner of Steiner Sports appeared on Facebook Live on Monday afternoon to say he's hoping the items Manning gave to him and presented as game-used, that he then sold, were legitimate, but he isn't sure at this time.

The Giants, their equipment manager and memorabilia dealers Steiner Sports have also been named as defendants in the lawsuit. The trial has been scheduled for September 25. "I've tried to do everything with class and be a stand-up citizen and that's what I have done, and that's being attacked right now". Manning added that he would not be able to discuss specific aspects of the civil case because the lawsuit is still underway. "I have no reason, nor have I ever had any reason, to do anything of that nature", he said. "I know that when this is all done everybody will see it the same way". There's nothing more important to me than the trust and authentication we have here at Steiner.

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