Did former Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning have a part in a New York Giants memorabilia scheme?
Per a report from the New York Post, that could be the case.
As reported in a piece by The New York Post’s Kaja Whitehouse and Bruce Golding released on Thursday, Manning “was in on a scheme to sell phony game-worn wear.” The report mentions that the quarterback 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.
Here’s more from the story.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning was in on a scheme to sell phony game-worn gear — sending an email asking the team’s equipment manager for “helmets that can pass as game used,” according to blockbuster court papers obtained by The Post.
The legal filing also alleges that Big Blue failed to produce the smoking-gun request — sent from Manning’s old-school AOL account to an official NFL account — even though “they claim to have no document destruction policy.”
But Manning turned over the incriminating email last week in connection with a civil racketeering suit that accuses him, his team and others of conspiring to fleece collectors of authentic athletic uniforms worn on the playing field.
The story mentions that Manning’s marketing agent asked Manning to supply two game-used helmets and two 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.”
As reported by The New York Post, the three memorabilia collectors suing the Giants, Manning and others filed the emails Tuesday in a New Jersey court. The plantiffs’ lawyer, Brian Brook, argues that Manning’s emails show the player was willing to misrepresent the helmets’ value to the collectors.
It will be interesting to see what comes of this situation. This was the first time Manning’s emails had come to light in the longstanding lawsuit.