Memorabilia dealer vouches for Eli Manning, sort of

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If Giants quarterback Eli Manning generated phony game-used gear, one of the victims would have been Steiner Sports, the memorabilia company with which he had a business relationship. The CEO of Steiner Sports has vouched for Eli, sort of.

“When Eli Manning walks into your office and he says, ‘These are my game-used items,’ then I’d like to think that I can believe that,” Brandon Steiner said in a Monday Facebook Live session, via Darren Rovell of ESPN.com.

According to Rovell, Steiner said he hopes the game-used items are actually game used, but that he isn’t sure at the present time.

Steiner nevertheless insisted that he’s giving Manning the benefit of the doubt. But that term by its own definition includes the existence of doubt.

“First of all, we haven’t gotten all the facts and we don’t know if Eli has done anything wrong,” Steiner said. “Secondly, I think we are all better than our worst mistake. We’ve had a 14-year relationship with a guy that’s amazing to us, he has been a great partner, he has been a friend and he has been amazing to our customers in every sense of the word. I’m not a runner — you’ve seen me with Ray Rice, you’ve seen me with a lot of other players guys that have been with us. We’re going to doing everything we can to support those players when the waters get a little rocky.”

While Steiner is standing behind Manning, Steiner isn’t standing behind the authenticity of game-used items from Manning. Steiner said he’s willing to issue refunds.

“This is troublesome to me,” Steiner said. “Yes, I lose sleep because I see this there’s an accusation out there that something we thought was 100 percent real was in question.”

So, yes, Steiner supports Eli. But Steiner’s equivocal comments coupled with a willingness to pay money back to those who bought the items in question shows that the support is conditional, at best.

26 responses to “Memorabilia dealer vouches for Eli Manning, sort of

  1. Mannings, phonies. Hurry up and endorse the 10,000th product neither of you actually want or use.

  2. If that’s vouching for someone, who needs enemies.

    Steiner came across as definitely looking out for himself. Why is it that out of everyone involved, Eli is the only one that clearly doesn’t have the need for the money or the motive.

    Once Eli meets the contractual requirement for a “game used” item, that’s the end of it. He’s done his part. So why the hell is everyone questioning Eli Manning?

  3. technically if eli wore the jerseys at a pickup basketball game or a poker game then it can be considered as game used since it didn’t specify the kind of game he was referring to. although we can be pretty sure it wasn’t football.

  4. Steiner supported himself and no one else.

    He’s trying to salvage his reputation, nothing more.

    Eli being great to him means providing memorabilia to sell.

  5. Just about 2 hours since this was posted and no comments. There must be a relationship between the success of a team and the amout of crap they get when negative news breaks.

    Or said differently, if this was the Patriots we have Comey out with the rest of the FBI breaking down doors aimlessly looking for an equipment guy with a trunk full of uniforms.

  6. What’s in it for Eli to lie? Can’t be money, if he’s paid it is pennies compared to his salary. It’s not ego, not with this Manning.

  7. “…you’ve seen me with Ray Rice, you’ve seen me with a lot of other players guys that have been with us. We’re going to doing everything we can to support those players when the waters get a little rocky.”

    Steiner comparing this Manning debacle to the Ray Rice incident, ouch (no pun intended).

  8. Go watch the entire video cast from Steiner on Facebook. He goes out of his way to defend Eli. He also said the amount of game used items from Eli that are in question are maybe a dozen, two helmets in particular. They’ve already spoken to most of these clients and this was addressed years ago when the story first broke. Again, go watch it for yourselves so you can see it in its proper context. Not these few quotes taken out of the whole.

    I’m done with this non story until a judge talks about it.

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