The New York Giants, quarterback Eli Manning and memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports reached an undisclosed settlement Monday night to bring an end to a four-year-old civil lawsuit in which three collectors accused them of fraudulently passing off unused helmets as “game-used.”
Terms of the settlement were not released.
The lawsuit was filed in January 2014, and jury selection was to have begun this week before it was pushed back.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP insisted in a deposition that he has no idea why anyone would think he was pulling some kind of scam when he asked a team equipment manager for helmets “that can pass as game used.’’
Manning had been asked by his marketing agent for a pair of helmets to sell in 2010, prompting him to write an email to equipment manager Joe Skiba requesting “2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli.”
Asked to explain the email, Manning said at his deposition, “Looks like I’m asking for two of my game-used helmets.”
A lawyer for the plaintiffs asked incredulously, “Why didn’t you ask for two game-used helmets? Why did you say it that way?” referring to Manning’s use of the words “pass as.”