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Giants failed to investigate Eli Manning memorabilia scam: suit

Giants failed to investigate Eli Manning memorabilia scam: suit
Published On: Mon, Feb 12
Sep 13, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) celebrates with punter Chris Jones (6) after kicking the game winning extra point against theNew York Giants at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys won 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Giants co-owner John Mara testified that e-mails about Eli Mannings 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 teams in-house lawyer turned a blind eye to evidence against the star quarterback.

Mara also said during a deposition that hes never asked the two-time Super Bowl MVP about a blockbuster email in which the teams equipment manager wrote that a Manning helmet and jersey offered for sale as game-worn were BS ones, the filing says.

Mara, Manning and others, including the Steiner Sports memorabilia company, face a March civil-racketeering trial over allegations by memorabilia dealer Eric Inselberg that they schemed to pass off phony game-worn Manning equipment as real.

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.

Mara also insisted there was no reason he would have seen Skibas Aug. 31, 2008, email until after Inselberg sued the team, Mara, Manning, Skiba and others in 2014.

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