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NFL has no comment on Giants, Eli Manning lawsuit

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Hiding in plain sight for more than three years, the civil suit against the Giants and quarterback Eli Manning alleging fraudulent memorabilia sales took on new significance on Thursday, via the report from the New York Post regarding an arguable smoking-gun email from Manning that the plaintiffs believe proves active involvement in a scheme to pass off helmets as game used when they weren’t.

At a time when plenty (including Chris Christie) have a lot to say about it, the NFL has nothing to say.

“We will decline comment,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT by email on Friday evening.

Although the situation doesn’t involve the violation of any in-game rules and despite the fact that no criminal charges have been filed, the NFL could wedge the situation into the scope of the Personal Conduct Policy, if the league wants to proceed in that fashion.

“Conduct by anyone in the league that is illegal, violent, dangerous, or irresponsible puts innocent victims at risk, damages the reputation of others in the game, and undercuts public respect and support for the NFL,” the Personal Conduct Policy broadly provides in one of its preliminary paragraphs.  “We must endeavor at all times to be people of high character; we must show respect for others inside and outside our workplace; and we must strive to conduct ourselves in ways that favorably reflect on ourselves, our teams, the communities we represent, and the NFL.”

The laundry list of prohibited acts appearing later in the policy includes the following: “Crimes of dishonesty such as blackmail, extortion, fraud, money laundering, or racketeering.”

Pre-Ray Rice, there could be no crime without a criminal prosecution. Now that the league has decided to disregard the decisions made by the criminal justice system and to engage in its own investigation, it’s possible (if the league so desires) that this situation could result in not only a review but also the imposition of discipline.

The league could proceed now if it wants. If a verdict ultimately is entered against the Giants and/or Eli, it would be harder for the NFL to do nothing. Either way, the Giants and Eli need to take into account the possibility of a league investigation when considering whether to settle the case before any additional proof of fraud or other conduct prohibited by the Personal Conduct Policy becomes public.

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59 Responses to “NFL has no comment on Giants, Eli Manning lawsuit”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Apr 14, 2017 8:09 PM

    Excellent photo. It reminded me to look at ManningFace, which hasn’t been updated since Peyton was a Colt. Dagnabbit.

  2. abrasion says: Apr 14, 2017 8:11 PM

    If Mara only gave Goodell permission to suspend Josh Brown for 1 game, he isn’t going to let anything happen to Manning.

  3. tylawspick6 says: Apr 14, 2017 8:12 PM

    article 46

    – roger goodell

  4. grogansheroes says: Apr 14, 2017 8:13 PM

    Can you imagine if this was Mr Brady? But he is not as dumb as Eli. The internet would break.

  5. ipdaily69 says: Apr 14, 2017 8:21 PM

    Roger is too busy steering the NFL into Las Vegas to worry about defrauded fans.
    Besides, NY/NJ teams operate under a hands-off policy.

  6. nevalha says: Apr 14, 2017 8:24 PM

    NFL was let it float by just like they have with the Giants all the time. Liars, thieves, and hypocrites, all of them.

  7. rexryansboobs says: Apr 14, 2017 8:24 PM

    Suggestion:

    Use the pic of Eli taken when the Broncos scored and all but sealed Peyton’s second super bowl

    Thank You

  8. youknowiknowitall says: Apr 14, 2017 8:25 PM

    That photo … yes, Eli, I smell a rat too.

  9. mikespillane337 says: Apr 14, 2017 8:27 PM

    He should have communicated over the walkie talkie line..no proof.

  10. joeflaccoallday says: Apr 14, 2017 8:30 PM

    Pats fans: BRADY DA GREATEST N DIDNT DESERVE 4 GAMES. GOAT!!!!

    Lol while the article has nothing to do with it. Dumbest fans ever, Eli will be straight.

  11. bowlregard says: Apr 14, 2017 8:32 PM

    It’s great that Mara is now on the receiving end. Precedent has been set. SB QBs are not immune.

  12. darcrequiem says: Apr 14, 2017 8:35 PM

    I’m dying of laughter from the photo selections ahaha

  13. rolf1015 says: Apr 14, 2017 8:36 PM

    I don’t think Roger had any idea this line was in the policy, but maybe it doesn’t apply to commissioners:

    “We must endeavor at all times to be people of high character”

  14. nhpats says: Apr 14, 2017 8:36 PM

    The NFL always gives Corley and Gomer free passes….

  15. babygaga19 says: Apr 14, 2017 8:40 PM

    Man, all these storys about Golden Boy Eli. Shocking! It’s kinda like coming home and finding Opie in bed with Aunt Bee. Far too horrible to be true.

    And now, a moment of silence for the Manning family that never does anything wrong. Amen.

  16. infectorman says: Apr 14, 2017 8:40 PM

    who would shell out $4300 for an Eli helmet? Really?
    Without a doubt THE luckiest QB in the history of NFL.
    Also, not destined for the HoF

    SMH

  17. streetyson says: Apr 14, 2017 8:45 PM

    Breaking QB-communication rule and the comms cut-off rule, needling Steelers’ balls, using a cellphone on the sidelines (no one checked what the medical-services VP was texting but it wasn’t when a player got injured), domestic violence, players claiming a Super Bowl team-mate (Tyree) used stickem, ripping off fans with fake memorabilia… don’t need to be investigated or if wrong warrant no more than a warning letter or greatly reduced penalty if Mara deems it would have a negative impact on the league.

  18. goodtogo28 says: Apr 14, 2017 8:47 PM

    looks like we might to have get ready for another summer of ted wells. “it’s more probable than not …. mr manning didn’t do anything wrong. mr manning claims he wore a different helmet for each quarter therefore all his helmets could be considered game worn. end of the story and we’re sticking to it.” sincerely, ted wells.

  19. orangeraider says: Apr 14, 2017 8:47 PM

    Roger the dodger will fund a way to screw the publics opinion of the NFL.
    I am sure the haters want to connect Brady, Kraft and the Patriots to this

  20. youknowiknowitall says: Apr 14, 2017 8:50 PM

    Pats fans: BRADY DA GREATEST N DIDNT DESERVE 4 GAMES. GOAT!!!!

    Lol while the article has nothing to do with it. Dumbest fans ever, Eli will be straight.
    ————
    When was that posted? I must have missed it.

  21. intrafinesse says: Apr 14, 2017 8:52 PM

    Just accuse an athlete of anything.
    Maybe the league will suspend them, even if they didn’t do anything.

  22. sportnik2 says: Apr 14, 2017 8:55 PM

    If this was Brady, Goodell would be so excited he could cancel his Viagra prescription. Because this is the Giants Dirty Roger is going to pretend nothing happened and pray that the press drops the issue before he’s forced to slap Mara on the wrist.

    The double standards in Goodell’s NFL are sickening.

  23. mzew233 says: Apr 14, 2017 8:56 PM

    What does tony romo have to say.

  24. jag1959 says: Apr 14, 2017 8:57 PM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    Apr 14, 2017 8:30 PM
    Pats fans: BRADY DA GREATEST N DIDNT DESERVE 4 GAMES. GOAT!!!!

    Lol while the article has nothing to do with it. Dumbest fans ever, Eli will be straight.
    ______________________

    Unfortunately the sham that was framegate including, but not limited to, the commissioner’s outright documented lies in his arbitration finding has given the Pats fans the right to unload on anything pertaining to ‘the integrity of the game’ and or the Personal Conduct Policy. It is also unfortunate that they can’t see they are now the ones passing judgement without any actual proof of wrongdoing. When you consider their outrage back when it was their guy being dragged through the mud their reaction hereis beyond hypocritical. Not that any of that really matters to a Ravens troll but it matters to this Giants fan who called a spade a spade through out all the framegate bs and still does for that matter.

  25. mykpfsu says: Apr 14, 2017 9:52 PM

    Interesting to note, this case was already brought once, and dismissed.

  26. truthinesshurts says: Apr 14, 2017 10:11 PM

    Integrity.

  27. truthinesshurts says: Apr 14, 2017 10:11 PM

    Omerta is more like it.

  28. xenova1 says: Apr 14, 2017 10:22 PM

    Is Jose Baez representing Eli?

  29. curtj5 says: Apr 14, 2017 10:38 PM

    Well, at least we’ll get some funny memes outta this.

  30. bird2urmother says: Apr 14, 2017 11:01 PM

    If this is true, that’s pretty messed up. I guess dude ain’t happy enough with his multi million dollar contract.

  31. rootpain says: Apr 14, 2017 11:05 PM

    It’s shaping up to be a slow news summer in the NFL so I suspect stories like this will be posted more often.

    As someone who has no respect for the current Mara generation and believes the Giants of late have successfully avoided more appropriately severe punishment for multiple instances of serious rules violations, I figure it’s only a matter of time before something someone associated with the team does that catches up with them.

    Also being someone who doesn’t have much respect for the Manning family and how they have manipulated circumstances in their favor that again, other players or families in the NFL would have paid dearly for, I wouldn’t be troubled if they somehow, collectively got their comeuppance.

    But this is an accusation of fraud. As such, I don’t delight in this as being something that, true or false, fairly evens the score. Eli Manning should be given his day in court on this issue. And unless he is defended by Jose Baez, we should allow the court system to judge his guilt or innocence.

  32. darthvincent says: Apr 14, 2017 11:24 PM

    come on Eli… Give up the phone.

  33. chipper41 says: Apr 15, 2017 12:00 AM

    This isn’t gonna help the tv ratings

  34. gammynomnom says: Apr 15, 2017 12:07 AM

    Goodell is just waiting for Mara to tell him what to say. I’m pretty sure the skins and the cowboys will lose draft picks because of this.

  35. patsfan56 says: Apr 15, 2017 12:09 AM

    How amazing it is that anyone would believe that the NFL is fair? People complaining about “shams”…lol.. Don’t say we never warned you! Goodell is a dictator who reacts without fact and will continue to do so, unless he is a favorite owner…NFL -WWE but much worse!!!

  36. nflfan1blog says: Apr 15, 2017 12:22 AM

    Brady should have never been suspended with no real evidence and neither should Manning. BUT if it’s more probable than not that he and the Giants organization DID knowingly defraud a collector of memorabilia there should be consequences handed down by the league. At the very least a player suspension, team fine and loss of draft picks. Not sure where I remember that happening before but pretty sure it did. After all, the integrity of the league is at stake.

  37. patsfan1820 says: Apr 15, 2017 12:23 AM

    If true this looks pretty bad on Eli not sure if the team is really liable though.

  38. keithdylan says: Apr 15, 2017 12:59 AM

    Soooooo, do an arm wrestling contest in Vegas, get fined. Openly try to defraud fans, No Comment. Nice.

  39. richiethegreek says: Apr 15, 2017 1:07 AM

    Giants fans also have no comment on the situation.

  40. midnightcusk says: Apr 15, 2017 1:55 AM

    The nfl should be sued for trying to pass off counterfeit Thursday night crapfests as football games.

  41. med515 says: Apr 15, 2017 6:52 AM

    When it comes out that Eli Manning did nothing wrong, he should sue a certain newspaper to spreading lies. This is getting completely out of hand. But I don’t expect Eli to talk or be forced into it until all is resolved.

  42. tomtravis76 says: Apr 15, 2017 7:50 AM

    This surely falls under conduct detrimental to the league. The Giants and Eli were intentionally selling fake game used equipment to the fans of the NFL.
    How can any fan now that has purchased any of these items from any team or players be sure that the entire NFL isn’t in on the scam to defraud it’s customers/fans?

    At the conclusion of this case there should be massive fines and suspensions. It might not seem to be that bad to most, because it looks like a bunch of not right in the head jock sniffers getting ripped off, but that doesn’t matter, what the Giants and Eli have done is highly illegal.

  43. jazzawakens says: Apr 15, 2017 8:32 AM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    Apr 14, 2017 8:30 PM
    Pats fans: BRADY DA GREATEST N DIDNT DESERVE 4 GAMES. GOAT!!!!

    Lol while the article has nothing to do with it. Dumbest fans ever, Eli will be straight.

    ———————-

    To your point that the article has nothing to do with it the Patriots are clearly the biggest thing on your mind because that was your first thought.

    The only parallel is how guilt or innocence is being predetermined based on sports bias rather than by evidence. Right now they actually dont have any on Eli. Taking emails without providing their context is not evidence. Im not saying he is innocent either, but no one here should be saying they know either way.

    I support the NFL in not commenting on. This is a civil/criminal matter outside of football and the courts need to do their work. The NFL is correct to stay out of it. If the charges get proven in court then the NFL can weigh in with how they think this should affect Eli in the league just like any employer would. But if a court determines that there is nothing to this when you examine the actual facts (like they did with Brady) then it should be dropped and Eli should be free to go back to throwing picks. (Sorry, Im not a fan, just not going to be unfair either)

  44. babygaga19 says: Apr 15, 2017 9:28 AM

    Fan boys, based on what is known, the NFL wasn’t complicit with or had knowledge of the allegeD acts of Eli and the Giants at the time of occurence. HOWEVER, shold these acts be proven true (the flame is getting hot) and should the NFL do nothing, it will be yet another example of the NFL’s alarmingly inconsistent and hypocritcal sense of justice. Selling counterfeit goods does violate the Player Conduct Code and if Eli gets a pass on this one, all hell is going to break loose!!

  45. eatme2259 says: Apr 15, 2017 9:52 AM

    sportnik2 says:
    Apr 14, 2017 8:55 PM
    If this was Brady, Goodell would be so excited he could cancel his Viagra prescription.

    //////////////////

    Funny stuff. Jeeezzz let it go.

  46. briang123 says: Apr 15, 2017 11:27 AM

    Eli is a total phony and a criminal. Reminds me of the man that stole the election with Russian help and calls himself President, when 100 million people in this country see him for what he is: a dictator the likes of which the world hasn’t seen since the 1930s and 1940s. While Eli isn’t a war criminal like the other guy, they are both fraudsters.

  47. med515 says: Apr 15, 2017 11:58 AM

    Eli Manning is not a criminal, fraud, liar, phony or whatever other disparaging names getting thrown at him. The emails were clearly taken out of context. Sad to watch what’s happening to him right now especially as he’s been so silent so far. But finer minds are coming to his defense which is good to see.

  48. jazzawakens says: Apr 15, 2017 12:37 PM

    briang123 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 11:27 AM
    Eli is a total phony and a criminal. Reminds me of the man that stole the election with Russian help and calls himself President, when 100 million people in this country see him for what he is: a dictator the likes of which the world hasn’t seen since the 1930s and 1940s. While Eli isn’t a war criminal like the other guy, they are both fraudsters.

    —————–

    I thought the guys that saw this as a Patriots thing were being pretty far fetched and obsessive, but this takes the cake.

  49. imodan says: Apr 15, 2017 12:53 PM

    Let me guess, a complete, thourough investigation is underway. Results at 11. Hint: Nothing to see here according to NFL

  50. nepatriot1 says: Apr 15, 2017 12:58 PM

    med515 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 11:58 AM
    Eli Manning is not a criminal, fraud, liar, phony or whatever other disparaging names getting thrown at him. The emails were clearly taken out of context. Sad to watch what’s happening to him right now especially as he’s been so silent so far. But finer minds are coming to his defense which is good to see.
    ——————–
    Apparently you haven’t been paying attention over the last 3 years.

  51. elcommish says: Apr 15, 2017 3:16 PM

    Goodell Detective Agency on the job. I promise to fail where others have succeeded!!

  52. jchemengr says: Apr 15, 2017 6:01 PM

    Sorry, but there isn’t a soul alive who doesn’t know in his heart that if this was NE Patriot Tom Brady instead of NY Giant Eli Manning the league would already have Ted Wells on the case and Troy Vincent would be screaming for blood.

  53. onebuffalove716 says: Apr 15, 2017 6:43 PM

    Does anybody really care about memorabilia dealers? Have you seen them? The one segment of society more troll like than Boston fans. Imagine the thought of any article posted about any player on a Saturday afternoon waiting to pounce.

    Guess that’s what happens when most Boston fans over the age of 30 spent their entire lives living in NY city’s shadow being their beyotch..

    I’m sure they were the losers giving thumbs down on Todd Heaps tragedy because they have no respect for anything or anybody else. Plus they hate when every post doesn’t mention the Pats..

  54. skankmeat says: Apr 15, 2017 6:58 PM

    I just paid for an Eli Manning autograph!! It was some left handed black guy but he swore to me he was Eli!! What a great day. I will cherish this forever!

  55. nhpats says: Apr 15, 2017 7:23 PM

    briang123 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 11:27 AM
    Eli is a total phony and a criminal. Reminds me of the man that stole the election with Russian help and calls himself President, when 100 million people in this country see him for what he is: a dictator the likes of which the world hasn’t seen since the 1930s and 1940s. While Eli isn’t a war criminal like the other guy, they are both fraudsters.

    ———

    How exactly did the Russians help anyone? You mean by revealing actual correspondence between Hillary and her operatives and giving The People a more truthful look at who Hilliary really is as a person?

  56. megnailsit says: Apr 15, 2017 8:30 PM

    onebuffalolove716:

    Thanks for reminding me why I left your city for Boston. Didn’t want to spend my life in the shadow of Toronto, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Niagara Falls, Rochester…think you get the picture.
    If you paid any attention the past two years, you’d get why Pat’s fans are paying attention to this, or maybe you just read the headlines. And while obsessing over this, how would Pat’s fans have time to thumbs down Heap’s tragic story? Sure you can’t find the time to respond to this. Such is life in Buffalo, the Center of the Universe.

  57. youknowiknowitall says: Apr 16, 2017 6:53 PM

    onebuffalove716 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 6:43 PM

    I’m sure they were the losers giving thumbs down on Todd Heaps tragedy because they have no respect for anything or anybody else.
    ————————–
    So, you’re sure of that?
    It appears to me that you’ve taken a handful of thumbsdown from a handful of classless losers and arbitrarily assigned responsibility for doing so to entire fanbase. From my perspective, your use of the Heap family’s tragic accident to spout your own misguided hatred toward that fanbase shows you to be the bigger loser here. Please just go away and don’t come back until you’ve grown up.

  58. grumpysal says: Apr 19, 2017 1:48 PM

    The NFL will comment on this situation as soon as Mr Mara is good and ready.

  59. jag1959 says: Jul 19, 2017 6:55 PM

    sportoficionado says:
    Jul 19, 2017 5:54 PM
    Why is everyone convinced that Zeke is guilty of this allegation? Not everything is a conspiracy or cover up.Relax
    ____________________

    Ah the voice of reason. Pats and Giants fans can certainly recall just how relaxed and innocent until proven guilty Dallas fans were when it was Brady and Eli in the crosshairs.

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