Giants quarterback Eli Manning might be finding himself in some trouble after a report today that implicates him in a memorabilia fraud suit that involves direct emails that the two-time Super Bowl winning QB sent regarding game used merchandise.
The suit states that Manning and the Giants falsified game-worn memorabilia, and today the New York Post put out a couple of emails that prove he was directly involved.
Here’s the story from The Big Lead about the case and Manning’s direct involvement.
Per the Post, Manning was asked by his marketing agent, Alan Zucker, to satisfy a contract with memorabilia firm Steiner Sports for “2 game used helmets and 2 game used jerseys.” Manning later sent the following email Skiba, the equipment manager, who asked the quarterback what he was looking for:
“2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli,” Manning allegedly responded from his BlackBerry at 2:08 p.m.
Then he responded to Zucker:
Less than 15 minutes later, at 2:25 p.m., Manning wrote back to Zucker, saying: “Should be able to get them for tomorrow.”
These emails were turned over by Manning last week, and filed into civil court earlier this week. Emails from the inboxes within the Giants organization that would have pertained to the case were not preserved.
While there exists the possibility that Eli could have meant for Skiba to find actual game-worn helmets, this part of the story, if true, is further troubling.