New York media are chowing down on Eli Manning after revelations that memorabilia buyers say the Giants quarterback sold them bogus “game-used” helmets.

Eli Manning at training camp. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
First out of the gate was The New York Post, saying: “A smoking-gun email from Eli Manning proves he quarterbacked a conspiracy to defraud collectors by pawning off phony game-worn gear as the real deal.”

“2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli,” Manning wrote to equipment manager Joe Skiba from a BlackBerry on April 27, 2010, according to documents seen by the Post.

The New York Daily News added: “The lawsuit also claims the Giants’ general counsel, William Heller, convinced clubhouse employees to lie to federal agents investigating fraud in sports memorabilia about bogus helmets and jerseys in order to save their jobs and protect the NFL teams.”

To some, the real story is: Someone wanted to own Manning stuff?

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