Jury selection starts on Monday in the memorabilia trial of Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
Three sports collectors have sued, claiming they paid thousands for items they believed were used in an NFL game. They’re seeking compensation and punitive damages.
In court documents, a 2010 email shows Manning asking the Giants equipment manager for two helmets that could “pass as game used.” The Giants argue that the email is taken out of context.
A visibly angry Manning spoke out against the allegations last April, arguing that he had done nothing wrong.
“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,” Manning said.
In addition to Manning, The Giants, employees of the team and Steiner Sports Memorabilia are also named in the suit.
“It’s one thing to write about football or my play. When you’re attacking my integrity, it definitely makes me angry,” Manning said.
An attorney for the sports collectors said he wants Manning to testify in the trial. It’s unclear whether football fans will be allowed to serve on the jury.
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