Eli Manning's memorabilia fraud trial delayed

Eli Manning throws a pass during the New York Giants final regular season NFL game versus the Washington Redskins. 12/31/17 East Rutherford N.J

Eli Manning throws a pass during the New York Giants final regular season NFL game versus the Washington Redskins. 12/31/17 East Rutherford N.J

The New York Giants released a statement that said the matter was settled by all parties involved and that the agreement does not support any allegations of wronging.

The reason? A death in the family of an attorney for Joe Skiba, the Giants equipment manager accused of giving Manning football equipment to be fraudulently sold as "game-used" to collectors.

"[Plaintiffs] Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown have resolved all claims in their pending litigation against the New York Giants, Eli Manning, John Mara, William Heller, Joseph Skiba, Edward Skiba and Steiner Sports, in accordance with a confidential settlement agreement reached today".

Manning, a former Hoboken resident who now lives in Summit, was not in court Monday, and it was unclear whether he was likely to be called to testify at trial. It centers around two helmets that were allegedly passed off as "game-used" without actually being used in games.

An attorney for the plaintiffs confirmed the settlement Monday night.

Monday was slated to be the first day of jury selection but the start was pushed back and now won't begin because of the settlement.


It's set to get underway Monday in Bergen County.

Inselberg says the helmets weren't game-used, and that emails show Manning engaged in a pattern of deceiving collectors. They claim they will provide evidence that Manning and the Giants' equipment staff have been defrauding collectors for years.

The Giants and Manning contend photomatching is unreliable because it does not take into account that helmets are routinely reconditioned during or after a season, the evidence of which might be found on the inside of the helmet and not the outside. One of them was allegedly used during the 2008 Super Bowl.

The email does not refer to the two helmets at issue in the lawsuit, but Inselberg alleged it indicated a pattern of fraud. The email was meant to ask Skiba for two helmets that would "satisfy the requirement for being game used", the filing said.

A trial was set to begin next week in New Jersey.

"Manning never instructed Joe Skiba to create any fraudulent memorabilia", attorney Robert Lawrence wrote.

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