As we begin, I’ll go for the obvious joke:
A report today claims that Eli Manning was involved in selling fake memorabilia to fans. I’m shocked … someone is buying Eli Manning memorabilia?
According to the New York Post, several of Manning’s intercepted (ha!) emails were filed on Tuesday in Bergen County (N.J.) Superior Court by three memorabilia collectors who are suing Manning, the Giants and Steiner Sports, among others.
Related court papers allege that the emails prove “Manning was looking to give non-game-used helmets to Steiner to satisfy — fraudulently — his contractual obligation” with Steiner.
The legal filing also alleges that Big Blue failed to produce the Manning-Skiba emails — between the athlete’s old-school AOL account and an official NFL account — even though “they claim to have no document destruction policy.”
Two of the alleged emails:
“2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli,” Manning wrote to equipment manager Joe Skiba from a BlackBerry on April 27, 2010, according to the documents.
Less than 20 minutes later, Manning wrote to his marketing agent, Alan Zucker, who requested the helmets, saying: “Should be able to get them for tomorrow.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has acted quickly, suspending Tom Brady for three games.
No, of course not. But, were you really surprised?
If Eli is indeed guilty of passing off used locker room crap as game-worn memorabilia, it’s both the most boring scandal in NFL history and embarrassing as hell. Eli Manning has an AOL account? Hahahaha.
So the charge is that Manning teammed with a Giants equipment manager to sell fake memorabilia, then cover it up by deleting emails. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, especially with Goodell.
"EXCLUSIVE: Game-worn helmet from Super Bowl XLII” – Eli Manning, probably pic.twitter.com/4qLtduCRVB
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) April 13, 2017