A so-called smoking gun emerged in the story about New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s involvement in a scheme to sell used helmets passed off as having been used by him in actual games.
The team, initially opting a no-comment approach, turned course and released a statement:
“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,” Karren Kessler wrote – she’s spokesperson for the law firm of McCarter & English, which represents the Giants.
“The email predates any litigation, and there was no legal obligation to store it on the Giants server. Eli Manning is well known for his integrity and this is just the latest misguided attempt to defame his character.”