Download PDF (171 pages) of 2014 lawsuit brought against New York Giants’ Quarterback Eli Manning alleging that Manning and others in the Giants organizations were involved in a scheme to sell fake memorabilia: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/1506101/inselberg-amended-complaint-with-exhibits-2.pdf
The 2014 lawsuit, which was eventually dismissed, corroborates claims in a new lawsuit filed in Bergen County Superior Court yesterday against Manning alleging that he was involved in long running scheme to sell fake memorabilia.
The New York Post reports that emails prove Manning’s involvement in the scheme:
A smoking-gun email from Eli Manning proves he quarterbacked a conspiracy to defraud collectors by pawning off phony game-worn gear as the real deal, according to court documents obtained by The Post.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP, who has a contract with memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports, instructed a team manager to get the bogus equipment so it could be sold off as authentic, the papers say.
“2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli,” Manning wrote to equipment manager Joe Skiba from a BlackBerry on April 27, 2010, according to the documents.
Less than 20 minutes later, Manning wrote to his marketing agent, Alan Zucker, who requested the helmets, saying: “Should be able to get them for tomorrow.”
The emails were filed Tuesday in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court by three memorabilia collectors who are pressing a civil racketeering suit against the Giants, Manning, Skiba, Steiner and others, including team co-owner and CEO John Mara.
Related court papers allege that the emails prove “Manning was looking to give non-game-used helmets to Steiner to satisfy — fraudulently — his contractual obligation” with Steiner.
The legal filing also alleges that Big Blue failed to produce the Manning-Skiba emails — between the athlete’s old-school AOL account and an official NFL account — even though “they claim to have no document destruction policy.”