Giants claim new Eli Manning email “taken out of context”

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The Giants recently opted not to comment on the pending litigation regarding allegations of fraudulent memorabilia sales. After Thursday’s release of an email that has been characterized as a smoking gun regarding quarterback Eli Manning’s knowledge of and involvement in such a scheme, the Giants are commenting.

“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,” said Karren Kessler, spokesperson for the law firm of McCarter & English, which represents the Giants.  “The email predates any litigation, and there was no legal obligation to store it on the Giants server. Eli Manning is well known for his integrity and this is just the latest misguided attempt to defame his character.”

The reference to the email predating the litigation relates to the contention that the email authored by Manning was deleted, with the implication being that the email was deliberately erased to hide its contents. Lawyers for the persons who have sued the Giants contend that Manning sent an email requesting “helmets that can pass as game used,” arguing that this is proof of an effort to sell items that were never actually used in a game.

55 responses to “Giants claim new Eli Manning email “taken out of context”

  1. I don’t know why Eli would bother trying to swindle people out of a couple grand when he was making millions. Until proven otherwise I’d believe Eli.

    -Cowboys fan

  2. The continual greedy and self-serving actions of the manning family are “out of context” with a truthful and ethical assemblage of people who purportedly represent the best of the NFL and society in general.

  3. Sports memorabilia dealers and most big time ‘collectors’ of it land somewhere on the evolutionary scale between used car salespeople and telemarketers, that’s well above personal injury and product liability lawyers but still below realtors and funeral directors. Simply as a result of who is holding the tar brush I am more than willing to give Eli Manning, who is rightfully well known for his charitable work, the benefit of a doubt until it is proven to be unjustified.

  4. Goodell should probably suspend Eli because selling fake NFL memorabilia besmirches/undermines the integrity of the shield – then again, that’s what Goodell himself has been doing for almost ten years, so I won’t hold my breath.

  5. If this really was a smoking gun, it would never have made it out to the media. Eli & his lawyer would have already made a settlement deal with a confidentiality clause.

  6. The reference to the email predating the litigation relates to the contention that the email authored by Manning was deleted, with the implication being that the email was deliberately erased to hide its contents.
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    True, but if they never bothered to delete emails before and then suddenly deleted emails that may be pertinent but had “…no legal obligation to store” it looks bad. Especially if that deletion occurred around the time the litigation was first talked about or actually initiated.

  7. pacificdan says:
    Apr 13, 2017 6:42 PM
    I don’t know why Eli would bother trying to swindle people out of a couple grand when he was making millions. Until proven otherwise I’d believe Eli.

    -Cowboys fan

    ——

    For the same reason other players have chosen to deal mass quantities of drugs, or screw over teammates and league peers with fraudulent investment deals. Some people just can’t have enough money.

  8. I worked with guy who made $500K+, and he got canned for padding his expense report by about $1000. So people who have a lot to lose still do stupid stuff for free money. Gomer doesn’t seem like the sharpest knife.

  9. NFL going to have to come down hard on the Giants, this is a repeat unrelated offense after walkiegate. 4 games for Eli, two SB trophies with astericks, and two first round picks should do it.

  10. I’ll believe Eli Manning before I believe a memorablia con man. How is “helmets that can pass as game used,” proof?

  11. I have a hard time understanding how the disclosure of the full content of an email can be taken out of context — an excerpt maybe, but not the entire content.

  12. Archie got screwed by playing for that Barron franchise which did nothing but let go get his brains beat in for ten years. He want gong to let the same thing Happen to his boys. In a way I admire but despise what he has created with those two. The greedy mentality is dissapointing. Even if this goes away, the Mannings will always have that stigma if excess over them.

  13. When someone claims something is “taken out of context”, you know they’re guilty, and you know they know they’re guilty.

  14. I see patriots fans are out on this thread in full force, in full butthurt mode.

    Look I get it, Eli beat you twice. You’ve won 5 other times, get over it.

  15. Is it too close to the draft for Roger to take the Lyin’ Giants**** draft picks away this year…or does that come next year? Will Eli appeal his 4 game suspension? How quickly will Mara write a check for the $1 million fine?

  16. Lets say Eli gets suspended, Giants go 2 -14, get the #1

    overall pick the following year. How that a punishment

    unless they lose the pick?

  17. Couple of things…. The “smoking gun email” was actually provided by Manning and his lawyer. He never deleted it. He provided it to show that he wasn’t trying to hide anything.

    Secondly, the term “pass as game used”…. could easily be argued as “qualified as game used”.

    This dude Eric Inselberg who is bringing this whole suit escaped indictment by the FBI already in 2011 for fraud regarding game worn memoribilia The other dudes associated in the case went to federal prison.

  18. anyone ever think this was maybe for extended family begging for some piece of equipment and he wanted something to shut them up? Hey Eli, Can I have a helmet? Sure, 3rd Cousin Jimmy Joe Bob. I’ll give you a helmet.

    *queue email to equipment guy*

  19. i guess when your head keeps growing so fast even into your late twenties and thirties, you would go through a lot of helmets before you could use them. so why not sell them. simple explanation.

  20. Love Eli but that lawyers explanation is taken straight out of the trump deflection nonsense textbook.

    It’s “taken out of context” because it’s old and we didn’t have to produce it. Ummm, whaaat??

    Well, I guess middle America will believe it.

  21. The only way that email is “taken out of context” is if Eli is the criminal mastermind of the entire operation and not just some money grubbing rube using the team’s employees to get him more cash for grabbing gear and making them look “game used.”

    I mean seriously, who were the reporters talking with this lawyer? When he said that, the obvious follow-up question would be what context are you referring to?

  22. Patriots fans aren’t butthurt because they lost to Eli twice – they’re happily over that. What they’re pissed off at is seeing yet another instance of the Giants flaunting the rules if not the law, with very little if any punishment. And all while their owner passes himself off as a benevolent NFL statesmen.

  23. Megnaul – Eli didn’t cheat in the game and he’s not being prosecuted criminally. It would be like suspending a player if a reporter tripped and fell on his driveway. So… stop you’re whining pats fan.

  24. Calling Ted Wells, CALLING TED WELLS!!!!! Just kidding, relax everyone. John Mara has already spoken to Roger and the League office will stay out of the matter or else.

  25. Flaccotoboldin nailed it. This thread proves just how butthurt and whiny pats fans are. It’s embarrassing. Yet, soooooooooooooooo sweeet. Like all the sonic master blasts combined in a giant swimming pool with all the toppings and flavor funnels you can imagine. Yum yummmmm yummmmerrrrooooo!!!!

  26. Thanks justintuckrule for a perfect example (the post before whatever you ingested kicked in) of the hypocrisy, situational ethics and truth manipulation that Mara and Captain Integrity expect the public to buy. So fraud isn’t illegal if it’s tried as a civil case? Kinda like the way covering up domestic violence isn’t criminal as long as you’re comfortable with “the extent of it”. Or after pursuing Brady for months over something that didn’t happen on the field, if at all, when his coach admits to tampering with a football during a game he calls “much ado about nothing”.

  27. flaccotoboldin says:
    Apr 14, 2017 2:42 AM
    I see patriots fans are out on this thread in full force, in full butthurt mode.

    Look I get it, Eli beat you twice. You’ve won 5 other times, get over it.

    —————

    Best post

  28. The real question is, Did Eli have the bogus equipment sent to his house using his wife’s name ?
    It worked for Payton.

    It doesn’t show his character, it shows his lack of character.

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