New York Giants QB Eli Manning denies fake-memorabilia accusations

Lynette Rowe
April 21, 2017

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passionately responded to charges that he defrauded collectors by not providing "game-used" memorabilia as promised.

Manning said Thursday his emails were taken out of context and believes he will ultimately be exonerated. "I have no reason nor have I ever had a reason to do anything of that nature".

Recently, the CEO of Steiner Sports, Brandon Steiner, had Manning's back, saying that he's "someone I would say I trust my children with". The 36-year-old then said that because of pending litigation that he would not be able to answer questions or get into specific details about the lawsuit.

Manning seems particularly upset how quickly many have seemingly turned on him, despite his history in NY and his many years without incidents since entering the NFL. I'm not a runner - you've seen me with Ray Rice, you've seen me with a lot of other players, guys that have been with us.

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With nearly nothing to talk about at this stage in the season, the situation regarding Eli Manning and the potential forgery of game-used items has been a hot story among the media.

Attorneys representing the Giants said last week that the email included in the civil lawsuit misrepresented the situation. "I've tried to do everything with class and be a stand-up citizen and that's what I have done, and that's being attacked right now". Two signed helmets sold by team employees claiming to be "game-used" by Manning apparently were never used in a game.

"I'm handling it", Manning said. One of the suit's plaintiff's, Michael Jakab, said he paid $4,300 for a helmet said to be worn by Manning during the team's 2007 Super Bowl season.

"I have talked to Peyton about things going on", he said.

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