Giants quarterback Eli Manning is being accused of participating in a fake memorabilia scheme, according to court documents that the New York Post reported on.
The two-time Super Bowl champion is at the center of a lawsuit that was filed in 2014 and is set for trial in September. Memorabilia collectors say that Manning, with the assistance of Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba and a memorabilia dealer, passed on helmets that looked game-used, but really weren't.
One particular chain of emails from 2010 turned into the court show Manning asking Skiba for "2 helmets that can pass as game used" after Manning's business manager requested equipment that could be sold.
The law firm representing the Giants released a statement calling the lawsuit a "misguided attempt to defame" Manning.
"The email, taken out of context, was shared with the media by an unscrupulous memorabilia dealer and his counsel who for years has been seeking to leverage a big payday," the statement read.
The following statement was released on behalf of the NY Giants... pic.twitter.com/BfMHEBcu7V— New York Giants (@Giants) April 13, 2017