Eli Manning insists he did nothing wrong in fraudulent memorabilia suit

Eli Manning is insisting that he did nothing wrong in a fraudulent memorabilia lawsuit.

Eli Manning is insisting that he did nothing wrong in a fraudulent memorabilia lawsuit. (4/21/17)

EAST RUTHERFORD - An angry Eli Manning denies providing fake game-used memorabilia to a collector.

A 2014 lawsuit accuses the Giants quarterback of doctoring jerseys, helmets and other equipment to make it look as if they had been used during play. Giants owner John Mara is among those named in the suit.

Manning insists he has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide. The two-time Super Bowl MVP predicts he will be vindicated.

"I will say that I’ve never done what I been accused of doing,” Manning said, “I have no reason nor have I ever had a reason to do anything of that nature.  I’ve done nothing wrong and I have nothing to hide.”

A plaintiff has filed a motion to compel testimony that included an email from Manning to a team equipment manager asking for two helmets that could pass as game-used.

Manning spoke Thursday at an offseason availability. He refused to answer specific questions because the lawsuit is pending. The trial is scheduled for September.

Manning said that the team just filed new documents that will absolve him of the alleged scheme.

Meanwhile, Gov. Chris Christie has criticized Manning over the scandal. During his "Ask the Governor" radio show on New Jersey 101.5 Thursday evening, Christie was asked about the situation.

"I like Eli Manning. I think he's a really good guy. I've met him a number of times, and everybody who's looked at that email comes to the same conclusion. He wrote an email that said, ‘Can you get me two helmets that I can pass off as gamed used?’” Christie said.

When asked about Christie’s comments, Manning said he can’t be concerned about what the governor has to say.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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