Report: Giants axe three equipment staffers previously involved in memorabilia case

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The New York Giants have parted ways with three members of their locker room and equipment staff that were involved in the Eli Manning fake memorabilia lawsuit, according to Jordan Raanan and Darren Rovell of ESPN.com.

Edward and Joseph Skiba and Ed Wagner Jr. were let go by the Giants, per the report. Joseph was the team’s equipment director, Edward, was the assistant equipment manager and Wagner was the equipment/locker room manager. All three men had been initially declared as defendants in the case against Manning, which was settled out of court two weeks ago.

Manning was accused of fraudulently passing off memorabilia as game-worn even though he hadn’t worn it in a game. Manning had sent messages to Joseph Skiba asking for helmets “that can pass as game used.”

The Skiba brothers and Wagner was eventually cleared of any liability in the case. Nevertheless, the Giants elected to change their staffing following the conclusion of legal proceedings. All three had been long-time employees of the franchise.

78 responses to “Report: Giants axe three equipment staffers previously involved in memorabilia case

  1. “All three had been long-time employees of the franchise.”

    Scumbag Commissioner John Mara strikes again.

  2. Mara’s sacrificial lamb, while Roger Dodger looks the other way. No NFL “independent” investigator this time. Wasn’t it Eli that stepped to the podium during deflategate/framegate and said “if you are going to do the crime, then be prepared to do the time”?

  3. Would they have been canned had they said: “No Eli, not ‘Appears’ game worn. We need ‘Actually’ game worn.”

  4. How can the league justify not Eli accountable fo ANYTHING yet the Giants fire long standing staff that Eli directed to actually commit fraud??!!
    WHAT A JOKE….

  5. Another indication that some type of fraud was
    committed. The NFL needs to be transparent and
    fundamentally fair in all matters. Just because the matter
    involves a God like figure is not a valid reason to not
    investigate.
    If Eli knowingly put false articles into the marketplace
    he needs to answer. Come on Goodell it’s time to
    make one of your buddies ( Mara ) come clean.,

  6. Just horrible that they fired the guys doing nannings bidding who probably had no choice in this and make little money to begin with, and Manning got off free.

  7. Nope, no wrong-doing there. Because if there were, it would have been fraud. And fraud is specifically called out in the CBA as punishable under the Personal Conduct Policy. And it’s the Giants and John Mara.

  8. Low profile, lower paid employees taking the ax for something that supposedly never happened??? The high profile player/ team claim innocence while firing guys for doing nothing supposedly???
    Damn, this really is a copy-cat league because The Patriot Way did it the same exact way (then properly re-employed them) a few years ago during the dumbest (at the time) investigation the league had ever run.
    If all things are truly “upstanding” & no one did anything wrong, why are these 3 getting cut?

  9. Fire the little guy and not punish Manning. Classy.

    And, remember, the Patriots’ self-proclaimed ‘Deflator’ also got thrown under the bus.

  10. There’s nothing to see here Rodger, no investigation needed Rodger, these are not the Droids your looking for, go about your day Rodger.

  11. And this is how the real world works. The senior employee makes the mistake but it’s the little guy that pays the price.

  12. Sad sad sad. The only ones who get punished are the poor little people while Eli who was the Mastermind of this dumb plan gets away with it. Hopefully Eli kicks these guys down a fat pay day for losing them their jobs.

  13. I’m a Giants’ fan and I love Eli. BUT that email is a smoking gun. Thus an out of court settlement. Sounds like they fired the ‘messengers’ which is as unfair as it gets.

    They were deemed to liable. Now the Giants’ are going to liable for firing them without cause. I’m sure they will invent something, like most employers do but plan B will be another out of court settlement.

  14. Hold on, they have actual text messages of Eli colluding with the equipment managers but the league refuses to even look into the matter? What happened to “Integrity of the Game”??

  15. It sounds like they were the “fall guys” to me!!! Good ole Eli & Mara, the snake, had their fall guys, after all …..

  16. Let me see… no NFL investigation, no punishment for manning, not even a token slap on the wrist… but these guys get canned? Nice. Once again mara does his thing. How is your wife-beating punter doing?

  17. Great job, NYG… keep the mastermind behind the fraud and can the peons follow his directions. That would explain why upper management still have their jobs… and the Giants still flounder in mediocrity.

  18. Unless they were given huge parting gifts, I Wonder what they would admit in court now?

  19. That TOTALLY doesn’t make the whole situation look even more suspicious, AT ALL. But since it’s the Giants and not the Patriots, the League will continue to turn a blind eye. “Integrity”, HA!

  20. Wow, just, wow. The gap in how things are dealt with when it’s a Manning or any other player or staffer is beyond unbelievable. What magical teflon coating have they invented? Or are there photos/videos they possess that allows them to skate at every level?

  21. Given that when the Patriots suspended the two morons in the deflategate case it was, in the minds of many, a clear indication of guilt in a nefarious scheme. (who are back employed with the team BTW), one can only assume that the firing of these employees is a direct admission of guilt in a fraud case.

    Funny how the head clown nose at Park Ave looked the other way completely on this one……..

  22. Mort reports 11 of 12 Giant employees have been fired.
    Peter King confirms that 11 of 12 Giant employees are significantly under-employed at the moment.

    (c’mon mods, I know “Peter almost verifies his info King” works for you now, but let this one through!)

  23. Tough spot to be in. The head QB tells you to do something, and you do it. Years later it comes out he was doing some shady stuff and YOU’RE to one who loses his job…

    Ultimately, if the guys said no back then, Eli could have gone to the GM and forced their removal from the start.

    These guys were in a no win situation.

  24. So from my perspective the deal between Mara and Goodell was ”You make the determination that none of this was ever happening and I will go make sure it does not happen any more”

    Thats the best you are gonna get from those parties. Might as well just accept it and move on.

  25. So they were all guilty but the weasel supplying all the fake merch can continue to defraud his fans by playing qb?

  26. Well, well, well…………

    Hmmm.

    Where are the draft picks to be stolen? Here is full blown, factual and clear guilt and….Where is Goodell’s Article 46?

    Can anyone answer why Article 46 comes and goes?

    I know the answer…do you, cheeater and troll fan losers?

  27. I still don’t understand how this doesn’t fall under the Personal Conduct Policy. Eli should be serving some sort of suspension for sure.

  28. Eli’s NFL fraud case ridiculously deemed not to be in breach of NFL conduct.
    Josh Brown given a discounted suspension for domestic abuse.
    2016 the the team used a sideline cellphone v Philly – no fine.
    2016 the team used needles on Steelers’ balls – no fine.
    2016 the team used a walkie-talkie v Cowboys to break helmet comms rules – just a fine.

    The NFL’s shield is very small, but still large enough to cover the Giants.

  29. The order in which the League operates just makes me want to PUKE!!!
    A BLATANT COVERUP is going on here……THE NFL IS AS CORRUPT AS THE CURRENT US GOVERNMENT…..
    DISGUSTING!!!!!!

  30. streetyson says:

    May 25, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Eli’s NFL fraud case ridiculously deemed not to be in breach of NFL conduct.
    Josh Brown given a discounted suspension for domestic abuse.
    2016 the the team used a sideline cellphone v Philly – no fine.
    2016 the team used needles on Steelers’ balls – no fine.
    2016 the team used a walkie-talkie v Cowboys to break helmet comms rules – just a fine.

    The NFL’s shield is very small, but still large enough to cover the Giants
    _________________________________________________________________________________

    You forgot how mara somehow had the power to financially penalize 2 division rivals for treating the uncapped year as uncapped.

  31. Mara is scum. I hope they take picks. Just like Mara spearheaded the attack on the Cowboys/Redskins for paying players in a uncapped year. The “Spirit of the game” rebuttal. They’ll be NFC East bottom feeders this year anyway.

  32. .
    yeah all shady deals just like the “witch hunt” is finding but those are all fake hence why deals are being taken, arrests happening… was there a planted fbi agent with Eli too?

  33. The fact that the Giants/Eli get zero punishment for an obvious case of fraud, while the Pats and Cowboys suffered numerous penalties with no evidence to support them means that Goodell is too close to his friends to be an effective commissioner.

    Eli should get 4 games because he “most likely knew” what was going on. I believe that was the Brady standard, yes?

  34. Just cooperate with the league and you will be fine. Don’t destroy your cell phone in the middle of a league investigation.

  35. Just cooperate with the league and you will be fine. Don’t destroy your cell phone in the middle of a league investigation. That’s what did in Brady.

  36. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 25, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Just cooperate with the league and you will be fine. Don’t destroy your cell phone in the middle of a league investigation.
    ======================

    If only that actually happened.

    In order to “cooperate’ there has to BE an investigation first- never seems to happen with Giants.

  37. What these equipment guys needed was a “fixer”. I hear there is a guy in NYC who makes quite a living doing just that. Then again, maybe Eli signed him up first.

  38. I’m thankful that Eli got off and these guys got fired. Proves once and for all that NE and others got screwed. I guess we can now official call them the NY Asterisks.

  39. ctiggs says:
    May 25, 2018 at 8:12 am
    Looks like Eli and the Giants pulled a Brady and the Patriots.

    3 21 Rate This

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    FALSE.

    The NFL asked the Pats to suspend and then fire Jastremski and McNally, even though it was proven in a federal court that the claim of deflating balls after inspection was an outright lie.

    With this, the Giants, the team are scapegoating the employees to help Eli cover up his scam similarly to how Gomer Manning ruined that trainer’s career at U Tenn and how Gomer and Goodell worked to cover up his CHinese HGH use.

    It’s astonishing to me that people are ok with the Pats being framed due to an insane jealousy of success, but will openly ignore the obvious, real and proven cheating by the protected teams.

  40. joestemme says:
    May 25, 2018 at 2:04 am
    Fire the little guy and not punish Manning. Classy.

    And, remember, the Patriots’ self-proclaimed ‘Deflator’ also got thrown under the bus.

    11 10 Rate This

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    Yeah, he got thrown under the bus by being fired by the NFL, so the poor guy was also defamed along with Brady for not doing anything wrong.

    It does not matter if they had jokes going back and forth on texts.

    Nothing happened, as proven in a federal court.

    How would you like being hassled and framed for something you never did?

    You people are naive and morons to believe Goodell at this point.

  41. Nathan says:
    May 25, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Given that when the Patriots suspended the two morons in the deflategate case it was, in the minds of many, a clear indication of guilt in a nefarious scheme.
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    Except that the NFL forced the Patriots to suspend those guys.

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