New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning responds to allegations he was involved in a Giants memorabilia scam during a press conference at the training center in East Rutherford, NJ on Wednesday, April 20, 2017.
Brandon Steiner, CEO of memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports, is defending Eli Manning, calling him "a guy I've trusted throughout (the) years, 100 percent".
Manning said Thursday that he has taken the attacks on his character personally.
"Just more angry than anything, having to deal with this and knowing that I've done nothing wrong and still being attacked", Manning said Thursday at the Giants' practice facility. "I have no reason, nor have I ever had any reason to do anything of that nature", Manning said during a session with media. I've done nothing wrong, and I have nothing to hide. "However, because this is a pending litigation, I will not be able to answer questions or go into specific details on the matter".
"When Eli Manning walks into your office and he says, "These are my game-used items".
"2 game used helmets and 2 game used jerseys per your contract [with Steiner Sports]". "I think my track record of how I've handled myself since I've been here in NY, since 2004, speaks for itself".
The quarterback said that his track record speaks for itself and said that he was angry that people have "turned" on him because of the allegations leveled in the suit.
The civil-racketeering lawsuit also claims that Manning's 2008 Super Bowl-winning jersey at the Pro Football Hall of Fame actually is a fake. "We're going to do everything we can to support those players when the waters get a little rocky".
"I've been dealing with it for a long time", Manning said.