An email sent from Manning to the Giants’ equipment manager in 2010 requested “2 helmets that can pass as game used,” according to court documents. That email, according to plaintiffs’ lawyer Brian Brook, shows that Manning was knowingly passing off any old Giants helmets as helmets he actually wore in games. Manning is accused of working with memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports to sell helmets to fans who thought they were buying authentic game-used gear. Brook told the Post that the email represents “direct evidence that Manning knowingly gave fraudulent helmets to Steiner for sale to fans.Brook also accuses the equipment managers, NY Giants and Steiner Sports of being complicit in defrauding collectors. NY Giants' lawyer says the email, which comes directly from Manning's personal account, is taken out of context. I'm not sure how this will turn out but Steiner Sports, which has a great reputation, along with Eli Manning would do well to settle this quietly and make amends with collectors. A bad reputation will very quickly devalue the brand.
by Angela Davis | @JerseyGirlSport When sports fans spend their hard-earned money to get sports memorabilia, they expect it to be legit. They expect that the item is truly authentic as it's advertised to be. Well, for NY Giants collectors, they found out that their 'used' helmets were used in name only. An email has come forth that gives the impression that NY Giants quarterback Eli Manning knowingly defrauded collectors. According to the NY Post: