Lawyers for Eli Manning today filed a motion to dismiss claims against the New York Giants’ quarterback by sports memorabilia dealer Eric Inselberg.
Calling the lawsuit filed on the eve of this year’s Super Bowl against the Giants quarterback Eli Manning “baseless” and a “shameless effort to grab media and public attention,” attorneys for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft say the allegations that Manning knowingly misrepresented two valuable helmets as game used are “wholly unfounded” and “preposterous.”
The motion to dismiss was filed in the United States District Court in the District of New Jersey.
Inselberg claims in his suit that the Giants’ equipment staff knowingly created fakes that wound up the hands of collectors and that Manning knew about the ruse. His suit claims team officials then tried to cover it up.
The Giants claim the suit is “without merit” and have vowed to “vigorously defend” themselves in court.
In a news release, Manning’s lawyers claim the suit is an “inappropriate attempt by Inselberg and his attorneys to capitalize on Manning’s fame and public notoriety”.
The 40-page filing states Inselberg’s lawsuit doesn’t provide evidence that Manning was involved in any scheme to put non-game used items in the marketplace.
You can read the original suit and the response by Manning’s lawyers below.