As overlooked off-field entanglements go, few are more potentially intriguing than the lingering lawsuit claiming that the Giants sold fraudulent jerseys, helmets, and other memorabilia. The latest in the lawsuit suggests that, in the case of Michael Strahan, the Giants actually sold the genuine article and stuck Strahan with a fake.
Via Michael O’Keeffe of the New York Daily News, the three plaintiffs in the lawsuit now claim that Giants clubhouse attendant Edward Skiba sold Strahan’s jersey from Super Bowl XLII and gave Strahan a replica that was made to look like it had been worn during the game, “even adding Gatorade stains to the fabric.”
The original lawsuit, filed in 2014, claimed that quarterback Eli Manning was involved in the scam to sell “game-used” memorabilia because he wanted to keep the actual articles, and that the Giants lied to federal agents about one of the plaintiffs, triggering a prosecution that was later abandoned, in order to cover up the fraud. The Giants successfully have gotten portions of the claims dismissed, and they say that they intend to continue to aggressively defend themselves against all charges.