Eli Manning fraud trial starts today

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Eli Manning won’t be using a football helmet in practice in this week, so that he can tend to a lingering legal issue regarding game-used helmets.

As noted by ESPN.com (and as we previously explained here, but that was a couple of weeks ago so it makes sense to post a reminder), jury selection commences on Monday in the civil fraud trial against Manning. The claim arises from the contention that Manning deliberately provided non-game-used helmets for sale as certified game-used helmets.

A settlement is possible but not likely, which means that Manning could soon be testifying in open court to defend himself against the charge. When he does, he’ll surely be confronted with an email message that the plaintiff in the case interprets as a smoking gun.

At stake for Manning is more than the money that would be paid via a jury verdict. The NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy expressly prohibits fraud. And while the NFL possibly will draw a line between criminal and civil fraud, fraud is fraud and the NFL will face claims of double standards and hypocrisy if Manning is found guilty of civil fraud and faces no NFL scrutiny.

45 responses to “Eli Manning fraud trial starts today

  1. If he is found guilty of this , then he should lose a season. He is outright lying about genuine NFL materials. If you’re the kind of person who does seek autographed NFL stuff how can you trust that the league is selling real stuff? This should be a much bigger deal than marijuana or deflated balls.

  2. Not an on field crime Pats fans. No suspension. Stop being bitter about the two losses to the lowest seed in NFC sans the 9-7 division winner. He outplayed the pseudoGOAT. Twice.

  3. “NFL possibly will draw a line between criminal and civil fraud”

    Doesnt matter, this is Giants fraud. Not punishable.

  4. IF Eli manning was guilty in ANYWAY, he would have settled this with $$$ and it would go away. But Eli is not guilty, everyone around him knows he is not guilty. A helmet that could pass as game used is a helmet that was used in a game. It might not have been a playoff helmet, a helmet in which he threw for 4 touchdowns and 300 yards etc. As soon as he puts the helmet on for one play , it is game used. period.

  5. You could have just made another article about how the G-men should have taken a QB at two. Pretty much what you are alluding to here.

  6. I just bid 15 bucks for the tie he already wore to court for his acquittal.

  7. Brady got 4 games for a decade + worth of cheating. The word suspension should not be in the same sentence as the indomitable pure as snow Eli Manning.

  8. Just like Goodell has done to others, Manning better get punished whether he’s innocent or guilty. Goodell is all about appearances, so Brady and Roethlisburger(sp?) were suspended without proof of guilt. Peyton Manning was declared innocent without the NFL bothering to investigate and escaped without punishment. Guess what’s going to happen to Eli. Nothing, even though he brought a lot of negative scrutiny to the NFL and it’s merchandise sales. He’s a Manning so they’ll whitewash it like Peyton. I hope those dealers have enough evidence to convict him. Then we can watch that weasel Goodell jump through hoops trying not to suspend Eli for conduct detrimental to the league.

  9. metlifeteardown says:
    May 14, 2018 at 8:35 am
    Not an on field crime Pats fans. No suspension. Stop being bitter about the two losses to the lowest seed in NFC sans the 9-7 division winner. He outplayed the pseudoGOAT. Twice.

    10 15 Rate This

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    What crime exactly are the Pats guilty of? Both Framegate I and Ii have been debunked ad nauseum.

    Mike Tomlin cheated and interfereed with live game action and got a 100k fine only.

    Can you explain any of this?

  10. Ellie has more than enough money to buy a slick attorney to get him off these charges with an acquittal.

  11. tylawspick6 says:
    May 14, 2018 at 9:40 am
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    What crime exactly are the Pats guilty of?
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    The crime of excellence. And may the Pats continue to be so guilty for another 20 or more years. 🙂

  12. The case is also against the Giants team. If found more than likely guilty of the charges suspensions and loss of draft picks should be in order to protect the integrity of the league. (See Roger Goodell. See New England Patriots.)

  13. whywerule says:
    May 14, 2018 at 9:58 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    May 14, 2018 at 9:40 am
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    What crime exactly are the Pats guilty of?
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    The crime of excellence. And may the Pats continue to be so guilty for another 20 or more years. 🙂

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    This is true. Goodell has setup a system with goal of providing parity among the teams. No team is supposed to remain dominant or even overly-competitive for extended periods of time. Look at even recently dominate teams like the Broncos. They are now struggling to win 3rd place in their division. This is what Goodell wants. Every team (and owner) eventually gets a trophy. BB and the Patriots are bucking the system. They must be punished, even if the league needs to fabricate reasons to do so.

  14. firstdownbrowns says:
    May 14, 2018 at 9:52 am
    haven’t Giants Fans suffered enough with his QB play ?
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    No, no they haven’t. They deserve each other and may he continue his crappy QB play for them for a few more years. Hey, I know, let’s charge him with fraud for impersonating an NFL QB.

  15. Double standards? LOL. Let’s revisit the KEY MOMENT from the Brady case:
    Judge Berman: “What evidence…on January 18?”
    NFL lawyer Nash: “No, not for that specific game.”
    Judge Berman: “The Wells report relates to only one game. There is no finding in this case that there was anything done by Mr. Brady.”

    NFL appealed and won, not on Brady’s guilt, but on Commissioner’s CBA rights to suspend as he sees fit. And the NFL falsely claimed this lesser victory proved Brady was guilty. All because, they claim, Brady must have been hiding something by not handing over his phone. But he offered his phone logs – which was accepted by Fraudger in Elliott’s case (because CBA rules protect players phones from the NFL anyway), and this is more than Peyton or any of the HGH-named guys did. And the NFL didn’t do anything except smirk “we don’t to overreact” when Aaron Rodgers admitted his long running PSI scheme. And you think the NFL cares about blatantly displaying double standards? Fraudger will find an excuse for Eli. Book it.

  16. metlifeteardown says:
    May 14, 2018 at 8:35 am
    Not an on field crime Pats fans. No suspension. Stop being bitter about the two losses to the lowest seed in NFC sans the 9-7 division winner. He outplayed the pseudoGOAT. Twice.
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    Winning two games is hardly ‘outplaying’, especially when its the defense that won it despite the qb. Mannings accomplishments pale next to Bradys.

    When you are trying to recatagorize your cheating and think that would change anything you sound worse than the Pats fans.

  17. redclaw1314 says:
    May 14, 2018 at 10:12 am
    The case is also against the Giants team. If found more than likely guilty of the charges suspensions and loss of draft picks should be in order to protect the integrity of the league. (See Roger Goodell. See New England Patriots.)

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    See Mara.

    No seriously, before anyone does anything they better go see Mara about that.

  18. Hate to tell you Giants fans but this does have to do with the NFL defrauding customers out of millions isn’t good for business. If Eli isn’t fined or suspended for this then it will just confirm what we Pats fans have suspected all along Mannings get protection everyone else has to play by the rules.

  19. Eli Mae Manning is one dirty guy – hopefully he is snagged and punished. The whole team is actually practicing unethical conduct and condoning it so it is not a surprise Eli Mae is up to his interceptions in dishonesty.

  20. He’s a Manning. Nothing is going to happen to the royal family of football as far as the league goes. I’m sure he spoke to Daddy to make it go away.

  21. I’m a Patriots fan but Brady did destroy his cell phone in the middle of a league investigation. It’s like CEO of a company ordering employees to shred important documents in the middle of federal investigation. A big no-no and it makes you look guilty.

  22. 2mnywhtguysinNE says:
    May 14, 2018 at 10:52 am
    Wow, Giants “D” is out in force today! Guilty conscience I suppose.
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    Considering there are more Patsies commenting on a Giants article, “guilty conscience” would be the correct term.

  23. bkinacti0n says:
    May 14, 2018 at 11:10 am
    2mnywhtguysinNE says:
    May 14, 2018 at 10:52 am
    Wow, Giants “D” is out in force today! Guilty conscience I suppose.
    ___________

    Considering there are more Patsies commenting on a Giants article, “guilty conscience” would be the correct term.

    What’s that old saying about turn about? Or is it payback? Just dessrt, or was that just intuck?

  24. It’s a lot easier to prove civil fraud than it is to prove criminal fraud. I’m surprised this is going to trial.

  25. purpleguy says:

    It’s a lot easier to prove civil fraud than it is to prove criminal fraud. I’m surprised this is going to trial.
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    It’s easy to prove when you have email evidence.

  26. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 14, 2018 at 11:08 am
    I’m a Patriots fan but Brady did destroy his cell phone in the middle of a league investigation. It’s like CEO of a company ordering employees to shred important documents in the middle of federal investigation. A big no-no and it makes you look guilty.

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    Well if your are a Pats fan then you will be relieved to know that Brady did nothing of the sort. That was a lie Goodell told the media then he sealed the transcript thinking that would protect his lie. But then the judge unsealed the transcript and anyone that cared to know what the truth was (some felt the lie was a more fun story so they carefully avoided learning the truth) was able to read it right there in the transcript that Brady had not done what Goodell claimed. If any doubt here dont take my word for it look it up. The transcript is still available online for those interested in the truth.

  27. Michael E says:
    May 14, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    purpleguy says:

    It’s a lot easier to prove civil fraud than it is to prove criminal fraud. I’m surprised this is going to trial.
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    It’s easy to prove when you have email evidence.

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    What does the email say that would be so damning? Its not anything like “get me some stuff from storage, dirty it up, then give it to me to sell as game worn” is it? Because anything less than that and we are getting into interpretation which introduces bias.

  28. patsfan1820 says:
    May 14, 2018 at 10:47 am
    Hate to tell you Giants fans but this does have to do with the NFL defrauding customers out of millions isn’t good for business. If Eli isn’t fined or suspended for this then it will just confirm what we Pats fans have suspected all along Mannings get protection everyone else has to play by the rules.

    Close, Pats have to play by the rules that are not enforced for any other team. Otherwise we would have seem multiple fines and suspensions for adjusting ball pressure on the sidelines during a game. How many PSI and illegal radio episodes have we had involving NY?

    8 visits and 5 wins playing against a stacked deck, not bad.

  29. The sad truth is that Eli will probably get on Goodell’s Christmas card list for helping create more revenue for the NFL, regardless of whether any fan was financially exploited. .

  30. Good to see the league continues to do it’s Sgt. Shultz routine with this case. Defrauding NFL fans and paying customers? Well, we don’t want to rush into things. That’s not what we do.

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