Eli Manning is being accused of involvement in a fake memorabilia scheme with the Giants, but the quarterback voiced his innocence Thursday, saying he did nothing wrong regarding memorabilia distribution.
"I have never done what I've been accused of doing," Manning told reporters (via SNY). "I'm more angry than anything. I've done nothing wrong and I'm still being attacked."
The Giants were accused in an ongoing 2014 civil-racketeering lawsuit of creating fake game-worn football gear to pass off as the real deal to make money from collectors and fans over the years. The alleged fake memorabilia scheme dates to at least 2004, Manning's rookie year.
Manning, who has been accused of taking part in the scheme so he could hang on to his personal items, allegedly sent an incriminating email in 2010 to the Giants' equipment manager for “helmets that can pass as game used," court documents show.
Manning said Thursday his emails were taken out of context and believes he will ultimately be exonerated.
"My track record speaks for itself," said Manning, who was visibly upset about how people have "turned" on him because of the allegations.
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.