Eli Manning insists he did nothing wrong in memorabilia suit

New York Giants superstar quarterback Eli Manning proclaimed his innocence at a press conference Thursday amid accusations he was involved in a memorabilia scandal involving game-used items.

Angry Eli comments on memorabilia fraud lawsuit.

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 have no reason nor have I had any reason to do anything of that nature".

"I've done nothing wrong and I have nothing to hide", Manning said.

Manning said that the team just filed new documents that will absolve him of the alleged scheme. Steiner said that prior to any conclusive findings, anyone who bought one of the dozen or so game-used Manning items from him over the years could get a complete refund now.

The suit was filed by three memorabilia collectors against the Giants, Manning, Skiba, Steiner Sports and the team's co-owner and chief executive, John Mara.

Multiple emails then proved that "Manning was looking to give non-game-used helmets to Steiner to satisfy (fraudulently) his contractual obligation" with Steiner, according to the NY Post. My track record with how I've handled myself since I've been here in NY 2004 speaks for itself.

Manning said he is "definitely" angry at the way he has been portrayed. "I've tried to do everything with class and be a stand-up citizen and that's what I have done, and that's being attacked right now".

The civil-racketeering lawsuit also claims that Manning's 2008 Super Bowl-winning jersey at the Pro Football Hall of Fame actually is a fake.

"I have talked to Peyton about things going on", he said. "I owed Steiner jerseys - I did not receive any benefits from that and that was just part of my agreement, but I never personally sold or made any money off a jersey or helmet".

  • Stacy Allen