Jan 30

NY Post Front Page: Eli, Giants Scammed Fans with Bogus ‘Game-Worn’ Gear: Suit

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NY Post Front Page: Eli, Giants Scammed Fans with Bogus ‘Game-Worn’ Gear: Suit

NY Post Front Page: Eli, Giants Scammed Fans with Bogus 'Game-Worn' Gear: Suit(photo: Eli Manning and Joe Skiba, named in the lawsuit)

Yesterday afternoon, Clinton Brook & Peed filed a lawsuit in New Jersey against the New York Giants, their starting quarterback Eli Manning, top executives, and others. The New York Post reported the story on their front page:

THIS STORY APPEARED IN THE NEW YORK POST:

 

By: Kaja Whitehouse

“Inselberg’s lawyer, Brian Brook of Clinton Brook & Peed, said his client walked in to find Barone ‘using a big pair of scissors to cut up a set of Giants’ 2000 season’s game-issued white jerseys,’ in order to then ”repair’ those damages’ to make the shirts look used.”

“Quarterback Eli Manning and New York Giants brass created bogus ‘game-worn’ football gear to pass off as the real deal — and one of the forgeries is sitting in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an explosive new lawsuit claims. A helmet on display in the hallowed Canton, Ohio, gridiron museum — supposedly worn by Manning in Big Blue’s 2008 Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots — is just one of dozens of fake items the football superstar and his Giants cohorts have created to fool fans and make money from collectors over the years, the lawsuit alleges…. In a 2001 incident, [locker-room manager Ed] Wagner told [Park Cleaners’ Barry] Barone ‘to intentionally damage multiple jerseys to make them appear to have been game-worn when they had not been.’ Inselberg’s lawyer, Brian Brook of Clinton Brook & Peed, said his client walked in to find Barone ‘using a big pair of scissors to cut up a set of Giants’ 2000 season’s game-issued white jerseys,’ in order to then ”repair’ those damages’ to make the shirts look used. Inselberg was indicted in 2011 for memorabilia fraud for selling bogus used sport jerseys from teams. But federal prosecutors in Rockford, Ill., dropped all the charges in May 2013, telling the judge that ‘prosecution was no longer appropriate in light of some new facts that were pointed out to us by defense counsel.'”

READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE

A copy of the Complaint is available here.

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