Eli Manning's memorabilia fraud trial delayed

Annette Crawford
May 15, 2018

The trial's jury selection began this week, but the death of one attorney's family member had delayed it to be pushed back to next week, prior to Smith's report.

Powers told lawyers for both sides that he plans to tell jurors the trial could last up to four weeks, although an attorney for the Giants said the case may need no more than two weeks depending on what the judge allows to be presented.

Barring a last-minute settlement, the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback could take the witness stand to defend himself against the explosive allegations as early as next week.

Manning had previously denied his involvement in the incident and accused lead plaintiff Eric Inselberg of being a scam artist who had a history of selling fake memorabilia himself for several years.

In addition to Mara and Manning, former Giants player Michael Strahan also gave a deposition to attorneys but has not been listed as a potential witness for either the plaintiffs or the defense, he said.

The Giants and Manning had contended photomatching is unreliable because it does not take into account that helmets are routinely reconditioned during or after a season, the evidence of which might be found on the inside of the helmet and not the outside.

Inselberg filed the lawsuit in 2014.

According to the lawsuit, Manning had texted a team equipment manger that the helmets in question could "pass as game used". Now that issue will not go before a jury, and Manning has put it behind him. It centers around two helmets that were allegedly passed off as "game-used" without actually being used in games. "Rather, Manning believed that if he asked Joe Skiba for his helmets, he received his game-used helmets and that the helmets he received from Skiba were his game-used helmets".

A memorabilia dealer accused Manning and the Giants of fraud, attempting to sell unused items as "game-worn".

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