The Giants Eli Manning memorabilia cover-up is starting to really stink

A year ago we wrote, "NFL must suspend Eli 'the Cheat' Manning for the 2017-2018 season if faked helmet charges are true." Today we find out...the Giants never wanted to find out.


Until they are now forced to.

Giants co-owner John Mara testified that e-mails about Eli Manning’s alleged game-worn gear scheme were troubling enough that he would have investigated if he knew about them — but new court papers allege that the team’s in-house lawyer turned a blind eye to evidence against the star quarterback.

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During pre-trial questioning, Mara was confronted with the Aug. 31, 2008 email from equipment manager Joe Skiba, according to court papers filed by Inselberg in New Jersey Superior Court on Friday.

“I think if I had seen this prior to the lawsuit being filed, I would have asked about it or asked somebody about it,” Mara testified in the deposition.

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“So after you saw this email — recall seeing this e-mail for the first time, didn’t you ask Joe Skiba about it?” an unidentified Inselberg lawyer asked Mara.

“I don’t recall whether I went to him or whether I went to [Giants’ General Counsel William Heller] about it,” the Giants owner answered.

“Did you ever ask Eli Manning about this?” he asked.

“No,” Mara answered.

Amazing cover-up.

Mara was then shown a letter that mentioned “an email pertaining to Manning Steiner, which Eric informs me he submitted to you for your review” — and which Mara acknowledged had been sent to Heller on Sept. 28, 2011, more than two years before Inselberg sued.

“Failing to investigate reflects not just negligence, but given Heller’s sophistication as an experienced…litigator and then General Counsel, it was willful blindness,” Inselberg claims in his latest court filing.

“Simply put, he did not want to investigate because he was afraid of what he might find.”

Earlier this year, Inselberg filed court papers that show Manning sent an April 27, 2010, email in which he allegedly asked Skiba for “2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli.”

At the time, the Giants said that the email was “taken out of context” and that Manning “is well known for his integrity and this is just the latest misguided attempt to defame his character.”


A Giants spokesman declined to comment Sunday.

Heller didn’t return an email message.

At the time the email was made public, in a statement, lawyers for the Giants said: “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.”

“The email predates any litigation, and there was no legal obligation to store it on the Giants server,” the statement added.

“2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli,” Manning wrote to equipment manager Joe Skiba from a BlackBerry on April 27, 2010, according to the documents.

Less than 20 minutes later, Manning wrote to his marketing agent, Alan Zucker, who requested the helmets, saying: “Should be able to get them for tomorrow.”

Context.

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