The New York Giants have released a statement after a New York Post report surfaced in which a lawyer for plantiffs suing former Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning and others argued emails from the player showed Manning was part of a memorabilia scam.
“The email, taken out of context, was shared with the media by an unscrupulous memorabilia dealer and his counsel who for years has been seeking to leverage a big payday,” Karren Kessler, a spokesperson for McCarter & English, the law firm that represents the Giants, wrote in the statement. “The email predates any litigation, and there was no legal obligation to store it on the Giants server. Eli Manning is well known for his integrity and this is just the latest misguided attempt to defame his character.”
The New York Post story mentions that Manning’s marketing agent asked Manning to supply 2 game-used helmets and 2 game-used jerseys as part of the player’s contract with Steiner Sports, a memorabilia dealer. After the request, Manning allegedly sent a note to the equipment manager asking for items that could “pass as game used.”
Manning played for Ole Miss from 2000-03 and threw for 10,119 yards.