Elisha Nelson Manning has turned over an e-mail in connection with a lawsuit that accuses the New York Giants quarterback and other members of the professional football team of fraudulent memorabilia sales. The potentially incriminating e-mail is seen as denting Manning's clean image.
The lawsuit filed by three memorabilia collectors - Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown - accuses Manning, the New York Giants and a team equipment manager of producing and selling items as game-worn memorabilia when these items were actually not even used in a game.
Manning's contract with memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports required him to provide items such as helmets and jerseys that were used by him in games to be sold to memorabilia collectors.
In the e-mail sent in April 2010, Manning asks the Giants' head equipment manager for "two helmets that can pass as game used." The e-mail is seen by the plaintiffs as proof of an effort to sell items that were never actually used in a game. The New York Post was the first to report on the e-mails.
Manning's e-mail was included in a court filing submitted Tuesday by the plaintiffs in New Jersey's Bergen County Superior Court. The plaintiffs first filed the suit in 2014.
The lawsuit also alleges that the Giants were complicit in the scandal as they deleted the e-mail from their accounts.
Karren Kessler, spokesperson for the law firm of McCarter & English representing the Giants, said, "The e-mail, taken out of context, was shared with the media by an unscrupulous memorabilia dealer and his counsel who for years has been seeking to leverage a big payday. The e-mail predates any litigation, and there was no legal obligation to store it on the Giants server."
During this 13-year NFL career, Manning has steered clear of trouble. He is one of the five players to have multiple Super Bowl Most Valuable Player awards. In February 2017, Manning and Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald both won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
However, Manning, the Giants or their employees are not likely to be subject to criminal prosecution as their alleged actions have already passed the federal five-year statute of limitations. The trial is scheduled to begin on September 25.
by RTT Staff Writer
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