Report: Eli Manning and New York Giants teammates sold on "fake memorabilia"

 Quarterback Eli Manning of the New York Giants is sacked by inside linebacker Perry Riley #56 of the Washington Redskins on December 29, 2013
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According to a report in a local newspaper, New York Giants QB Eli Manning is just one of several players to have sold "fake" memorabilia for profit.

A new lawsuit has been served against a number of New York Giants players which claims that they sold many pieces of bogus memorabilia for large profit.

According to a report in the New York Post, quarterback Eli Manning was just one of a number of the team who created fake "game-worn" football equipment to pass off as real, with one of the pieces even allegedly being currently on display in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The court papers claim that forgeries passed off on to collectors include several Manning jerseys, his 2008 Super Bowl winning helmet, two 2012 Super Bowl helmets and a 2004 "rookie season" helmet.

The documents read that Manning supposedly took part in the scam so that he could keep hold of his personal items, and that such behaviour is commonplace amongst the Giants players and staff.

The suit has been filed after the team's equipment manager Joe Skiba discussed Manning's fake game gear on an official Giants email account.

Manning, the Giants Inc CEO John Mara, team lawyer William Heller, CFO Christine Procops, Skiba and his brother are all listed as defendants in the lawsuit.

New York Giants President and CEO John Mara looks on prior to the start of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 8, 2013
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