Facing some strong allegations, Eli Manning is asking those questioning his character to look back on his longstanding reputation as a model citizen. After leaving the New York Giants practice facility Thursday following the team’s latest day of organized team activities, Manning briefly met with the media to deny all the accusations against him.
If you missed this story, Manning is being sued for allegedly conspiring to sell fake memorabilia to sports collectors. Two signed helmets sold by team employees claiming to be “game-used” by Manning apparently were never used in a game. An Email suggests Manning knew of the scam prior to the sale. The former Ole Miss standout denies all charges against him.
According to Pat Leonard of the Daily News, Manning became visibly upset while defending himself Thursday. The Giants quarterback failed to talk specifics of the incident, citing the ongoing legal case against him, which prevents him from discussing it publicly.
“I will say, that I’ve never done what I’ve been accused of doing. I have no reason, nor have I ever had any reason, to do anything of that nature. I’ve done nothing wrong, and I have nothing to hide. And I know that when this is all done, everybody will see it the same way.”
Manning seems particularly upset how quickly many have seemingly turned on him, despite his history in New York and his many years without incidents since entering the NFL.
“I think my track record of how I’ve handled myself since I’ve been here in New York since 2004 speaks for itself. I’ve tried to do everything with class and be a stand-up citizen and that’s what I have done, and that’s being attacked right now.”
Following his standout career in Oxford, Manning is now entering his 14th season with the Giants.
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