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Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Eli Manning Angrily Defends Himself Amid Giants Memorabilia Scandal

Eli Manning Angrily Defends Himself Amid Giants Memorabilia Scandal

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.

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On Thursday, the typically stoic Manning said the accusations "definitely make [him] angry" and denied the validity of the claims.

"I have done nothing wrong", Manning said. I know when this is done, everyone will see it the same way....

Manning seems particularly upset how quickly many have seemingly turned on him, despite his history in NY and his many years without incidents since entering the NFL.

"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", McCarter & English, the law firm representing the Giants in the case, said in a statement issued last week.

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"When Eli Manning walks into your office and he says, "These are my game-used items".

Three collectors are suing the Giants, Manning, Skiba, Steiner Sports and others alleging they were all in on the scheme.

"I have done everything the right way and have been a stand-up citizen and obviously you get - someone starts something up and everybody turns against you very quickly, it hurts a little bit", Manning said.

"I'm handling it", Manning said.

Whether this damages Manning's reputation remains to be seen, but these claims present an unwelcome distraction for the Giants, who have gone all-in as far as setting themselves up for a Super Bowl run in the twilight of Manning's career.

Manning, who is scheduled to earn nearly $20 million in salary and bonuses this season, was asked why he had a contract with a memorabilia dealer when he made so much money on the field. "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".

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