Eli Manning was out here peddling helmets, fraudulently claiming they were game worn, when they were not, allegedly. That’s the subject of a sports memorabilia lawsuit the New York Giants quarterback finds himself mired in.
Eli Manning turned over a potentially incriminating email earlier this month in connection with a lawsuit that claims the quarterback, the New York Giants and a team equipment manager knowingly provided false game-worn memorabilia to collectors.
The email was included in a court filing in Bergen County (N.J.) Superior Court by the plaintiffs — collectors Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown — who first filed suit three years ago.
On April 27, 2010, Manning sent an email to Giants head equipment manager Joe Skiba asking for “two helmets that can pass as game used.” The email was initiated after Manning was sent a note by Alan Zucker, his marketing agent throughout his career, to come up with some equipment to satisfy his obligation to provide such materials to sports memorabilia company Steiner Sports.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Brian Brook of Clinton, Brook & Peed, told ESPN that the email, included among roughly 200 pages of documents Manning produced as part of legal discovery, was key to specifically linking the quarterback to the lawsuit, which alleges an elaborate scheme to produce, pass off and sell memorabilia as game-used that was not.
According to the New York Post, the e-mail makes it clear that Eli Manning was complicit in the scheme.
While he surely waits for this all to play out in court, the Internet is having a field day with this one. Particularly, the fact that son uses an AOL e-mail address.