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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.

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26 Responses to “Memorabilia dealer vouches for Eli Manning, sort of”
  1. ariani1985 says: Apr 18, 2017 10:36 PM

    Brady owns eli and it is not even debatable!

  2. strahan92 says: Apr 18, 2017 10:36 PM

    Mike has a hardy for the Giants no doubt, ok fawlks?

  3. bkostela says: Apr 18, 2017 10:40 PM

    In street terms, hop off the dick.

  4. eljefedelmundo says: Apr 18, 2017 10:49 PM

    How is Steiner Sports the victim?

    They sell them to Giants fans. The fans are the victims here…

  5. jaggedmark says: Apr 18, 2017 11:04 PM

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

  6. med515 says: Apr 18, 2017 11:22 PM

    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?

  7. Patskrieg says: Apr 18, 2017 11:26 PM

    It’s just sad that some people don’t care about integrity.

    Smh.

  8. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Apr 18, 2017 11:45 PM

    I thought Steiner was a reputable dealer but knowing that they just take the word of the player and don’t really authenticate the memorabilia they sell, just blows my mind.

  9. goodtogo28 says: Apr 19, 2017 12:22 AM

    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.

  10. JaminJake says: Apr 19, 2017 12:26 AM

    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.

  11. SupZo! says: Apr 19, 2017 12:47 AM

    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.

  12. arwiv says: Apr 19, 2017 3:09 AM

    Steiner is losing sleep? He should live my life for a few days.

  13. redlikethepig says: Apr 19, 2017 4:39 AM

    This totally excuses the Patriots decade long, organized, team-wide cheating.

  14. gwhite13 says: Apr 19, 2017 5:16 AM

    Time for Roger to earn his pay. Burying this story will take some extraordinarily sly work.

  15. 17dayz says: Apr 19, 2017 6:31 AM

    more probable than not he was generally aware of this fraud.

    4 games minimum.

    #integrity

  16. officialgame says: Apr 19, 2017 7:24 AM

    Somewhere, somehow an equipment manager is going down hard.

  17. officialgame says: Apr 19, 2017 7:27 AM

    This should be easy to figure out; games Eli has played X how many game worn jerseys Eli has sold.

  18. eagleslayer says: Apr 19, 2017 7:44 AM

    Thus, we shift all attention back to the Patriots and their cheating ways.

  19. spartan01 says: Apr 19, 2017 8:27 AM

    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.

  20. margoadams says: Apr 19, 2017 8:29 AM

    Fraud against his fan base by both Steiner and Eli. Someone’s going to jail.

  21. redmosquito16 says: Apr 19, 2017 8:46 AM

    eli prolly just trying to recupe the money wasted donating to that dolt jeb bush.

  22. noknoknokpenny says: Apr 19, 2017 8:57 AM

    It’s a problem when Ray Rice is the guy to whom you compare Eli Manning.

  23. donbat67 says: Apr 19, 2017 8:59 AM

    A memorabilia dealer might be the last person I would want vouching for me .It’s like a mobster saying your a nice kid .

  24. sportoficionado says: Apr 19, 2017 9:12 AM

    “…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).

  25. anon5121 says: Apr 19, 2017 9:16 AM

    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.

  26. ibillwt says: Apr 20, 2017 11:42 AM

    Mannings just make your skin crawl with their sleaze factor.

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