Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Trial delayed in Giants, Eli Manning fraud case

Trial delayed in Giants, Eli Manning fraud case

A lawsuit accusing former Ole Miss and current New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of selling fraudulent "game-worn" memorabilia to collectors has reportedly been settled, according to Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. "All parties are grateful to have the matter, which began in 2014, concluded and are now focused on football, the fans and the future".

Inselberg originally filed the lawsuit against Manning in 2014 claiming that two helmets that he and two other plaintiffs purchased - including one that was believed to be worn by the quarterback during the Giants' 2007-08 Super Bowl run - weren't actually game-worn.

The lawsuit, which was filed in New Jersey Superior Court, also named Steiner Sports, Giants co-owner John Mara and others.

Manning's attorney denied any wrongdoing by his client in a court filing last month, according to the AP.

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The plaintiffs used photo experts to determine that the helmets were never used in a game, however, Manning's team claimed that the tactic used by the photo experts known as "photo matching" is unreliable.

Brian Brook, an attorney for plaintiff and memorabilia dealer Eric Inselberg, told reporters after Monday's hearing he was disappointed in the delay of taking the case to trial.

Jury selection was to have begun this week, but a death in the family of one of the attorneys had pushed that back to next Monday.

Fourteen lawyers representing all parties involved in the case gathered Monday in the Bergen County Justice Center for the first day of the civil suit.

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"I'm not sure yet whether I'm going to call him in our case", Brook said. Inselberg says emails show Manning engaged in a pattern of deceiving collectors. They claim they will provide evidence that Manning and the Giants' equipment staff have been defrauding collectors for years. One of them was allegedly used during the 2008 Super Bowl.

When the emails went public a year ago, Manning angrily denied any wrongdoing.

A trial was set to begin next week in New Jersey. In a court filing this month, Manning's attorney wrote that the email was meant to ask Skiba for two game-used helmets that would "satisfy the requirement of being game-used".

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