NFL: Eli Manning Memorabilia Fraud Case 'Not a Personal Conduct Policy Issue'

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 31:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)   Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants reacts after throwing a touchdown pass in the first half against the Washington Redskins on December 31, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Redskins 18-10.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Eli Manning will not be subject to discipline under the NFL's personal conduct policy after a civil suit against the New York Giants quarterback was settled. 

"We monitored the situation and are satisfied that it is a civil matter that was resolved," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. "Not a [Personal Conduct Policy] issue."

On Monday, it was announced Manning had reached a settlement with three sports memorabilia collectors who sued him for providing them with fake "game-worn" items that were later sold to fans.

"[Plaintiffs] Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown have resolved all claims in their pending litigation against the New York Giants, Eli Manning, John Mara, William Heller, Joseph Skiba, Edward Skiba and Steiner Sports, in accordance with a confidential settlement agreement reached today," attorneys said in a joint statement, per ESPN.com news services. "The compromise agreement, entered into by all parties, should not be viewed as supporting any allegations, claims or defenses."

As Florio noted, the personal conduct policy can be used to discipline players who commit "[c]rimes of dishonesty such as blackmail, extortion, fraud, money laundering, or racketeering." 

But because the case never went to trial, the NFL determined Manning won't have to worry about the possibility of a suspension. 

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