New York Giants QB Eli Manning faces an unusual lawsuit as he was allegedly involved in fraud.
The court filings, obtained by the New York Post, involve a memorabilia dealer, who claims Manning misled consumers by supplying “game-worn” helmets that weren’t actually game-worn.
According to the lawsuit, Manning sent an email from his AOL email account that asked Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba with “2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli,” from his BlackBerry phone.
The Giants have no record of the emails to Skiba on their servers, but released a statement defending their two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and saying they had no legal obligation to save the messages:
“The email, taken out of context, was shared with the media by an unscrupulous memorabilia dealer and his counsel who for years has been seeking to leverage a big payday,” the statement reads. “The email predates any litigation, and there was no legal obligation to store it on the Giants server.
“Eli Manning is well known for his integrity and this is just the latest misguided attempt to defame his character.”
Whether anything serious comes of this case remains to be seen, but there is one huge takeaway for NFL fans everywhere — Eli Manning still uses an AOL account.