Eli Manning Says He's Done 'Nothing Wrong' Amid Memorabilia Scandal

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2017

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 03:  New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning visits the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl LI Radio Row at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )
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New York Giants superstar quarterback Eli Manning proclaimed his innocence at a press conference Thursday amid accusations he was involved in a memorabilia scandal involving game-used items.

"I have done nothing wrong," Manning said.

He added, "I have never done what I've been accused of doing."

Eric Inselberg, a sports memorabilia dealer, originally filed a civil lawsuit involving Manning and the Giants in 2014 claiming they forged game-used equipment. Jim Baumbach of Newsday noted in January 2016 a New Jersey judge ruled the case against the quarterback could proceed.

The allegations remained mostly dormant until last week when Kaja Whitehouse and Bruce Golding of the New York Post unearthed a potential "smoking-gun email" within the court documents.

Manning allegedly wrote a message to team equipment manager Joe Skiba in 2010 that read: "2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli."

The lawsuit claims the email is evidence the quarterback attempted to falsify the nature of the equipment given to Steiner Sports as part of a memorabilia contract, according to the New York Post.

"We will decline comment," NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk last week about the allegations.

Court papers filed last year alleged the Giants went as far as giving longtime defensive end Michael Strahan a fake version of his Super Bowl XLII jersey after the game.

 

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