Eli Manning turned over a potentially incriminating email earlier this month in connection with a lawsuit that claims the quarterback, the New York Giants and a team equipment manager knowingly provided false game-worn memorabilia to collectors.
"I will say, that I've never done what I've been accused of doing".
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According to Pat Leonard of the Daily News, Manning became visibly upset while defending himself Thursday.
Facing some strong allegations, Eli Manning is asking those questioning his character to look back on his longstanding reputation as a model citizen.
Steiner, who has had a deal with Manning since his rookie season in 2004, said the quarterback had started sending in extra items in recent years. Will Fournette be first RB off the board?Is PED us. He has been a great partner, he has been a friend and he has been unbelievable to our customers in every sense of the word. "I know that when this is all done everybody will see it the same way". 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...
"I think my track record of how I have handled myself since I have been here in NY since 2004 speaks for itself", Manning said. "Yes, I lose sleep because I see this".
Steiner admits that the chain of custody isn't flawless with game-used items.
"I have talked to Peyton about things going on", he said.
Emails from Manning were included in court documents filed in New Jersey's Bergen County Superior Court and are part of a case by three memorabilia collectors who are pressing a civil racketeering suit against the Giants, Manning, equipment manager Joe Skiba, Steiner Sports and others, including team co-owner John Mara. The trial is scheduled for September.