The New York Post has uncovered three lawsuits being filed against the New York Giants for allegedly defrauding memorabilia collectors with falsely identified “game-worn” apparel. Emails were leaked to the paper that claim to prove quarterback Eli Manning was in on the scam.
Here’s their account…
[NY Post] A smoking-gun email from Eli Manning proves he quarterbacked a conspiracy to defraud collectors by pawning off phony game-worn gear as the real deal, according to court documents obtained by The Post.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP, who has a contract with memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports, instructed a team manager to get the bogus equipment so it could be sold off as authentic, the papers say.
“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.”
As you might’ve imagined, not everyone is convinced of sweet li’l Eli’s guilt in the matter, including former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, who took to Instagram Thursday night to defend his teammate.
Without knowing all the facts, it’s easy to see how Brandon Jacobs could interpret Eli’s otherwise virtuous qualities to his off-field business endeavors. Then again, this is same person who signed a five-year, $1 million deal with a hospital that was $700 million in debt. So there’s at least one fact we do know: despite looking like the helpful neighbor kid from a 1950s television show, Eli Manning likes making money enough to sometimes overlook the dubious ethics of doing so.