During Phil Jackson’s exit press conference on Friday, the Knicks’ president delivered a message to media, detailing his intentions to move on from All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. When Jackson was asked if he wanted the franchise’s seventh all-time leading scorer to return to the team, the Zen Master said the team hasn’t been able to win with him.
That sentiment is true of Jackson, not Anthony.
Manning, who has been accused of taking part in the scheme so he could hang on to his personal items, sent an incriminating email in 2010. Manning was asked by his marketing agent, Alan Zucker, to satisfy a contract with memorabilia firm Steiner Sports for two game-used helmets and two game-used jerseys.
Instead of handing over the gear, Manning sent an email to the Giants’ the equipment manager Joe Skiba for “helmets that can pass as game used,” court documents show.
“Manning was looking to give non-game-used helmets to Steiner to satisfy — fraudulently — his contractual obligation,” the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Brian Brook, said in a statement.
“Since it appears that the Giants failed to preserve any emails between Manning and Joe Skiba, and the Giants are keeping Skiba on the payroll and paying his substantial legal bills, the above email exchange may be the only direct evidence that Manning knowingly gave fraudulent helmets to Steiner for sale to fans.”
Manning turned over the incriminating email last week, but Brook claims there are others he and the Giants didn’t turn over, including a previously disclosed 2008 exchange, after they won the Super Bowl.
The alleged fake memorabilia scheme dates back to at least 2004, Manning’s rookie year. The civil-racketeering lawsuit also claims Manning’s 2008 Super Bowl-winning jersey inside the Pro Football Hall of Fame is actually fake.