Eli Manning on Memorabilia Scam Lawsuit: 'I Did Nothing Wrong'

Eli Manning

The Giants released a statement through their law firm last week saying that an email released by the attorney for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing Manning of passing along memorabilia fraudulently described as game-used was "taken out of context".

Manning's comments marked the first time he has personally addressed the allegations laid out in a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of three memorabilia collectors.

The email, obtained this week by the New York Post, shows an April 27, 2010 exchange between Manning and Giants head equipment manager Joe Skiba.

"I will say that I've never done what I've been accused of doing", the quarterback told reporters, noting that he would not discuss specific details of the suit. "I have no reason, nor have I ever had any reason to do anything of that nature".

"It'll all work out, and when it all does, I'll be cleared of this and everybody will see I've done nothing wrong". "I know when this is all done everybody will see this the same way".

Manning said he can handle people attacking him for his play.

Sports memorabilia collector Eric Inselberg of Short Hills sued Manning, Giants co-owner John Mara and others in 2014, alleging they engaged in a scam to sell fake "game-worn" equipment for profit. "I think my track record of how I've handled myself since I've been here in NY, since 2004, speaks for itself".

"I have done everything the right way and have been a stand-up citizen and obviously you get - someone starts something up and everybody turns against you very quickly, it hurts a little bit", Manning said. The two-time Super Bowl MVP predicts he will be vindicated.

"I have talked to Peyton about things going on", he said.

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