New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been accused of providing game-worn memorabilia that was not actually worn in games. Some have claimed he wanted to keep personal items and sent non-game-worn items to Steiner Sports, which then claimed they were authentic.
Manning recently spoke out about the allegations, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and said:
“I will say I have never done what I’ve been accused of doing. 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.”
Just days ago, Brandon Steiner, who runs Steiner Sports, put out his own statement on Facebook Live. Per Ron Clements of Sporting News, he said:
“Eli Manning has been our partner for more than 14 years and certainly a guy I’ve trusted. When Eli Manning walks into your office and he says ‘these are my game-used items,’ then I’d like to think that I can believe that…There’s nothing more important to me than the trust and authentication we have here at Steiner. You have no worry with the autographs and things you bought through our company.”