Speaking to reporters Thursday, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning vehemently denied allegations of his involvement in a football memorabilia scam.
Caught in the middle of a fake memorabilia scandal, Eli Manning sounded his displeasure on Thursday when he addressed the issue head-on.
The email, obtained this week by the New York Post, shows an April 27, 2010 exchange between Manning and Giants head equipment manager Joe Skiba.
"I have done nothing wrong", Manning said. "I have no reason nor have I ever had a reason to do anything of that nature".
"It'll all work out, and when it all does, I'll be cleared of this and everybody will see I've done nothing wrong".
Manning said he was unable to answer specifics of the case, but did say that he was bothered by attacks on his integrity. "I know that when this is all done everybody will see it the same way".More news: Christians celebrate Easter across conflict-torn Mideast
"2 game used helmets and 2 game used jerseys per your contract [with Steiner Sports]".
Attorneys representing the Giants said last week that the email included in the civil lawsuit misrepresented the situation. My track record with how I've handled myself since I've been here in NY 2004 speaks for itself.
With nearly nothing to talk about at this stage in the season, the situation regarding Eli Manning and the potential forgery of game-used items has been a hot story among the media.
Manning said he has been surprised how people have turned in the wake of the email, which he gave to the plaintiff in discovery.
"I've tried to do everything with class and be a stand-up citizen", Manning said. "I owed Steiner jerseys- I did not receive any benefits from that and that was just part of my agreement, but I never personally sold or made any money off a jersey or helmet".
"I've been dealing with it for a long time", Manning said.