A memorabilia dealer who is involved in the lawsuit alleging that the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning were complicit in passing off fake game-used memorabilia took to social media to explain where his company now stands.
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.
Manning has spoken up regarding accusations that he profited from false memorabilia in an interview with the NY media on Thursday.
Manning said he could not go into specifics because of the pending litigation.
"When Eli Manning walks into your office and he says, "These are my game-used items". That is it. Eli", Manning wrote to Skiba, according to the documents.
Manning has a deal with Steiner Sports to provide memorabilia.
A 2014 lawsuit accuses the Giants quarterback of doctoring jerseys, helmets and other equipment to make it look as if they had been used during play.
"I sign autographs like a lot of people do", Manning said. "I think my track record of how I handled myself since I've been here in NY since 2004 speaks for itself". I've tried to do everything with class and be a stand-up citizen. One of the suit's plaintiff's, Michael Jakab, said he paid $4,300 for a helmet said to be worn by Manning during the team's 2007 Super Bowl season.
Manning, who is scheduled to earn nearly $20 million in salary and bonuses this season, was asked why he had a contract with a memorabilia dealer when he made so much money on the field.