Eli Manning Angrily Defends Himself Amid Giants Memorabilia Scandal

Steiner Sports has had a great relationship with Giants QB Eli Manning

Eli Manning is insisting that he did nothing wrong in a fraudulent memorabilia lawsuit.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is known for his calm demeanor on the football field, rarely showing emotion in good times or bad.

"I have never done what I've been accused of doing", Manning said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. "I have no reason, nor have I ever had any reason to do anything of that nature".

Manning insists he has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide. Manning has a contract with memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports, and his marketing agent had requested two game-used helmets as part of the agreement. "I know that when this is all done everybody will see it the same way".

"Hey guys, before we get started, I would like to address what's been going on in the news the past couple days", Manning said.

Attorneys representing the Giants said last week that the email included in the civil lawsuit misrepresented the situation. "The email predates any litigation, and there was no legal obligation to store it on the Giants server".

Facing some strong allegations, Eli Manning is asking those questioning his character to look back on his longstanding reputation as a model citizen.

With nearly nothing to talk about at this stage in the season, the situation regarding Eli Manning and the potential forgery of game-used items has been a hot story among the media.

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 handled myself since I've been here in NY since 2004 speaks for itself".

"I sign autographs like a lot of people do", Manning said.

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