Fraud claim against Eli Manning will go to trial

Aubrey Yates
April 21, 2018

Shutterstock.comThe New York Giants and Eli Manning were hit with a lawsuit in 2014 which alleged that the Giants and quarterback Manning were passing off fraudulent goods as memorabilia that was used during Giants games. "That is it. Eli", suggesting he knew he was providing unauthentic memorabilia.

The trial date is unknown but it could potentially interrupt the Giants' 2018 season, one that will also have Manning under a close microscope on the field as the 37-year-old enters his 15th season in the National Football League following an embarrassing 3-13 season. Manning and Steiner Sports, however, are set to defend themselves against fraud claims, as well as accusations of negligent misrepresentation, in front of a jury.

Fake memorabilia is a definite no-no in the world of sports, especially considering fans will pay thousands of dollars with the assumption they are getting a piece of history worn by their favorite players, not something tossed around by a local dry cleaner to mimic the real deal.

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The Judge decided not to dismiss the case and send it to trial after the prosecution introduced a number of incriminating factors. Among the equipment he claims was fabricated is the helmet Manning wore in the Giants' Super Bowl XLII victory and another helmet allegedly worn by him during his rookie season. Manning not only delivered helmets to Steiner to satisfy his contract, but he signed a letter directed to one of the collectors attesting to the helmet being game-used.

The Giants defense continued to dismiss the allegations and stand by the fact that all equipment was game used.

The Giants could still be found liable for fraud if a jury agrees with the plaintiffs that they failed to supervise the transactions that were happening among their employees.

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