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Eli Manning: Giants and I will fight memorabilia lawsuit

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Eli Manning isn’t playing in the Super Bowl, but he landed on the front cover of the New York Post on Thursday all the same.

Manning, the Giants and several other employees of the team are being accused of distributing fraudulent memorabilia in a lawsuit filed by collector Eric Inselberg. Among the allegations is that Manning passed off a signed helmet that he had not worn in a game as a game-worn item. 

The Giants said the suit had no merit on Thursday morning and Manning followed suit in a statement on Thursday afternoon. 

“The Giants told me this suit is completely without merit and I have no reason to believe otherwise. The Giants are going to fight it and so will I,” Manning said.

The lawsuit was filed in New Jersey on Wednesday so the legal battle is just getting underway. 

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28 Responses to “Eli Manning: Giants and I will fight memorabilia lawsuit”
  1. trekker38 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:02 PM

    These idiots always come out at Super Bowl time. Last year, it was the joker that was on the sidewalks accusing Ray Lewis of the Deer Antler Spray crap. The guy making the accusations looked like he had been using the stuff up his nose. Anyway, here we go again! Someone is looking for their 15 minutes of fame!

  2. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Jan 30, 2014 3:07 PM

    Check the helmet for Eli’s DNA. If he really wore it, it would still be there.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 30, 2014 3:11 PM

    Maybe one day he will write a book about it telling us his full story. He could also sign a supposedly limited number of them for an extra price.

  4. nygmen483 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:12 PM

    Even still! Eli is brilliant passing it off on the team. “They said there’s nothing to it. Idk but I’ll stick with that for now. Lol”

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 30, 2014 3:17 PM

    A case of “misrememorabilia” on the part of Eli and the Giants.

  6. stevemo says: Jan 30, 2014 3:30 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see that helmet on ebay in a year or two for a few thousand dollars.

    “MANNING AUTHENTIC HELMETGATE MUST SEE!! FREE SHIPPING”

  7. thekiller678 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:31 PM

    Jut hope this stupid crap isn’t a distraction next year

  8. justintuckrule says: Jan 30, 2014 3:42 PM

    I read ALL 77 pages of the complaint. You won’t find many Eli-lovers than me. I’m scared for him and the Giants. The allegations don’t sound made up all all. Tons of detail and damning emails attached. Good thing Eli’s so loaded that he can shake his couch cushions to pay off whatever the settlement will inevitably be.

  9. dangeruss3 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:45 PM

    Why on earth would anyone want eli manning memorabilia?

  10. tcostant says: Jan 30, 2014 3:46 PM

    The cover up is always worse than the crime.

    I buy it. Teams and player always think there are smarter than everyone else. I’m sure this started inocent enough, maybe giving like a charity auction or something and then just mushroomed.

    I can totally see this being true.

  11. granadafan says: Jan 30, 2014 3:49 PM

    The real helmet Manning tried to give away was intercepted.

  12. howsaboutit says: Jan 30, 2014 3:56 PM

    My question is who wants an Eli Manning helmet anyways?

  13. kneelbeforesod says: Jan 30, 2014 4:03 PM

    Funny; Eli doing some picking for a change.

  14. weepingjebus says: Jan 30, 2014 4:23 PM

    One of the demands for relief is that the Giants give the plaintiff a 2007 super bowl ring. That would be funny.

  15. folkcrusader says: Jan 30, 2014 4:56 PM

    It will be settled quietly. All collectors know “game worn” goods are a huge question mark. In the end you only have the word of an equipment manager that makes $50k a year.

  16. justintuckrule says: Jan 30, 2014 5:17 PM

    “Who wants Eli memorabilia”?

    Giants fans, that’s who. We’d love a memento from the greatest upset in football history. What mementos has your teams left…let’s see:

    1) Grass blades with puke remnants from McNabb?

    2) Any one of the 47 Tony Romo 4th Q flub balls. Dibs on the failed extra point!

    3) I didn’t forget about you Skins fans – – some removed knee cartilage?

    Keeps the hatins. In 30 years, I won’t remember 2013 when Eli led the league in picks but I sure will remember the euphoria I experienced when Plax came down with that go ahead touchdown boyyyyeeeeeeee!!!!

  17. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 30, 2014 5:30 PM

    Everyone knows Eli’s helmet was patterned after Kazu from the Flintstones. Even an authentic Eli Manning helmet is a knockoff of a real Kazu.

  18. goodtogo28 says: Jan 30, 2014 6:29 PM

    how about they get fined and get a cap penalty since mr. mara and company violated “the spirit” of football. “they would be lucky if they didn’t lose a draft pick as well” (so said mara if you remember). violating the “spirit” is one thing but commiting fraud and so on should be dealt with harshly.

    somehow i don’t think only the giants are doing this sort of stuff but they’re the ones who got caught. throw the book at them.
    sincerely
    jerry and dan

  19. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 30, 2014 6:48 PM

    Eli can fight the lawsuit all he wants, but what about criminal fraud charges? The party doing the suing claims this happened (from the newspaper account):

    “Included in the lawsuit is a 2008 e-mail exchange between Inselberg and Joe Skiba, in which Skiba appears to acknowledge he created fake game-worn gear at Manning’s request.

    “Hey Joe, my buddy was offered an eli game used helmet and jersey. Are these the bs ones eli asked you to make up because he didnt want to give up the real stuff?” Inselberg writes in the exchange.

    Skiba — replying — writes, “BS ones, you are correct…”

  20. thealmightybigblue says: Jan 30, 2014 7:20 PM

    And here comes the usual deadskin fan crying about the cap penalty that both your teams retarded owners rightfully deserved.there will be no cap penaltys this year so there will be no excuse when your team blows like usually.ps if you look back the giants have been whooping the skins behind the past decade and it will continue next season.#Bigbluenationlaughsatyou

  21. kev86 says: Jan 30, 2014 7:28 PM

    In Eli I Trust

  22. listenupcupcake says: Jan 30, 2014 7:34 PM

    “The Giants told me this suit is completely without merit and I have no reason to believe otherwise….”

    LOL! Eli is already preparing a separate defense for when the plaintiffs win big bucks. I can hear it now – he’ll be shocked, SHOCKED to learn there’s been faux memorabilia sold and attributed to him.

  23. taintedlombardis says: Jan 30, 2014 7:42 PM

    Hmmm…this could bring criminal charges of fraud. I love it. This definitely violates “the spirit of sports memorabilia”.

  24. med515 says: Jan 30, 2014 8:26 PM

    Read the 77 page page complaint and Eli Manning is being dangled as the publicity carrot. The wording is laughable, but the most laughable part was Inselberg being referred to as a respected member of the memorabilia industry. It doesn’t take a lot of research to learn that Inselberg has the reputation of a scumbag. I can see why the Giants and Eli Manning will fight this.

  25. pftstory says: Jan 30, 2014 8:31 PM

    Never understood this. Why people want these things. Especially at the uber inflated prices.
    He wore the Jersey! Yeah and? Does one remember that Plax catch better because he has a helmet, Jersey or shoelace “from the game?”
    Anyone can get a replica and claim the same thing. I’m sure there are thousands of items out there that people treasure that never came close to being where they are attributed to being.
    My yard has turf (it was free people were ripping it up and tossing it into the stands) from Yankee Stadium after one of the World Series (78 maybe?) It gets mowed the same as the rest of the yard. Dogs don’t pee on it any differently.
    I don’t see the lure.

    Autographs that people buy I understand less.
    “Oh ya got Johnny Bench’s autograph, where’d you meet him? Was he a cool guy?”
    “No I didn’t meet him, I sent $100 to some stranger on Ebay who said it was real.”

    Why do people want an autograph of someone they never met?

    Just don’t see the thrill.

  26. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 30, 2014 9:05 PM

    Turn on the mike inside the helmet. If it plays anything other than light synth pop you have a case.

  27. musketmaniac says: Jan 30, 2014 11:28 PM

    I own well over $50,000 in sports memorabilia. Very little football. thankfully. but this is disturbing as an amateur collector, I rely on so-called authenticators. thinking back on it everyone seemed a little shady

  28. newjerseygiants says: Feb 1, 2014 5:03 PM

    Try this: Buy some form of modern day sports memorabilia for whatever. Next year try and sell it for what you paid and you’ll see how valuable it is.

    Babe Ruth’s authentic bat? Yeah, there’s a market for that. Eli Manning’s helmet? LOL!

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