A memorabilia dealer involved in a lawsuit that alleges former Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning knowingly passed off fake game-used memorabilia has explained his current frame of mind regarding the situation.
And he’d like to believe the items his company received from Manning and later sold were legitimate.
As relayed by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Brandon Steiner of Steiner Sports spoke on Facebook Live on Monday and offered more detail into how he views Manning’s role.
“When Eli Manning walks into your office and he says, ‘These are my game-used items,’ then I’d like to think that I can believe that,” Steiner said via Rovell.
“First of all, we haven’t gotten all the facts, and we don’t know if Eli has done anything wrong. Secondly, I think we are all better than our worst mistake. We’ve had a 14-year relationship with a guy that’s amazing to us, he has been a great partner, he has been a friend and he has been amazing to our customers in every sense of the word.”
As reported in a piece by The New York Post’s Kaja Whitehouse and Bruce Golding published last Thursday, Manning allegedly asked a Giants equipment manager in an email for helmets that could be passed off as game-used items to satisfy a memorabilia contract.
The 3 memorabilia collectors suing the Giants, Manning and others filed emails last Tuesday in a New Jersey court that allegedly support their view. The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Brian Brook, argued that Manning’s emails show the player was willing to misrepresent the helmets’ value to the collectors.
A trial in a New Jersey court is scheduled to start on Sept. 25.