New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning scrambled Thursday to deny allegations of his involvement in a football memorabilia scam, according to NFL.com.
“I’ve never done what I’ve been accused of doing,” Manning told reporters. “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. I know when this is all done everybody will see this the same way.”
Manning’s comments come after the New York Post published court documents that contain part of a supposed “smoking-gun” email allegedly showing Manning attempting to defraud collectors of football memorabilia by procuring game-worn gear and selling it off as authentic.
“2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli,” the Post quotes Manning writing to equipment manager Joe Skiba in 2010. Minutes later, according to the Post, Skiba wrote back: “Should be able to get them for tomorrow.”
Manning declined to say much more about the release of the emails, NFL.com is reporting, claiming that the messages were “taken out of context and there’s some other filings that have gone on recently that will clear up a lot of those things.”
The two-time Super Bowl MVP also noted that the allegations have been taking a toll on him.
“I’ve been dealing with it for a long time,” Manning said. “Just more angry than anything about having to deal with it and knowing that I’ve done nothing wrong and still being attacked.
“It’ll all work out. I think when it all does I’ll be clear of this and everybody will see I’ve done nothing wrong.”