New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was recently accused of providing game-worn memorabilia that was not actually worn in games. Attorneys representing the quarterback filed a motion on Friday, stating that “relevant evidence” was intentionally omitted to create the impression that Manning was complicit in a game-used memorabilia scheme, per ESPN.
Court documents reveal that the alleged emails were skewed to cause harm for both Manning and the Giants organization.
The comments comes in wake of an email that featured Manning, who asked equipment manager Joe Skiba to find two helmets that “can pass as game used.” Some have claimed Manning opted to keep personal items and sent non-game-worn items to Steiner Sports, which then claimed they were authentic.
Manning proclaimed his innocence on Thursday.
“I will say I have never done what I’ve been accused of doing,” he told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who posted via Facebook. “I have no reason to do anything of that nature. I’ve done nothing wrong and I have nothing to hide. I know when this is done, everyone will see it the same way…..When you are attacking my integrity, definitely makes me angry…My track record with how I’ve handled myself since I’ve been here in NY 2004 speaks for itself. Do everything with class. That is what I have done and it’s been attacked now….It will all work out. When it all does, I’ll be cleared of this and everyone will see I’ve done nothing wrong….My track record speaks for itself.”