Eli Manning on Memorabilia Scam Lawsuit: 'I Did Nothing Wrong'

Steiner Sports has had a great relationship with Giants QB Eli Manning

After leaving the New York Giants practice facility Thursday following the team's latest day of organized team activities, Manning briefly met with the media to deny all the accusations against him.

Manning said Thursday his emails were taken out of context and believes he will ultimately be exonerated.

"I will say that I have never done what I have been accused of doing", he continued. I've done nothing wrong, and I have nothing to hide. The 36-year-old then said that because of pending litigation that he would not be able to answer questions or get into specific details about the lawsuit.

The allegations remained mostly dormant until last week when Kaja Whitehouse and Bruce Golding of the New York Post unearthed a potential "smoking-gun email" within the court documents.

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. I know when this is done, everyone will see it the same way....

The suit was filed by three memorabilia collectors against the Giants, Manning, Skiba, Steiner Sports and the team's co-owner and chief executive, John Mara. My track record with how I've handled myself since I've been here in NY 2004 speaks for itself.

"Definitely", Manning responded when he was asked if he was angry that he was being portrayed this way. "I have tried to do everything with class and be a standup citizen".

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. He said has never personally sold or made any money off a jersey or helmet sale.

"I've been dealing with it for a long time", Manning said.

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