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Reports: Giants Fire 3 Members Of Equipment Staff After Eli Manning Memorabilia Settlement

May 25, 2018 - 11:42 am

By Associated Press

Less than two weeks after settling a memorabilia lawsuit, the Giants have fired three longtime members of their equipment staff, according to multiple reports.

The team parted ways with equipment director Joseph Skiba, his brother and assistant equipment manager Edward Skiba and equipment/locker room manager Ed Wagner Jr.

On May 14, the Giants reached a settlement with three sports memorabilia collectors who accused quarterback Eli Manning of providing bogus "game-worn" equipment that was sold to unsuspecting fans. Details of the settlement were not given.

Plaintiffs Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown had sought triple the amount of their alleged losses -- which totaled less than $20,000 combined -- for buying two helmets billed as worn by Manning. 

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The stakes were raised in the lawsuit in April 2017 when Inselberg's attorneys filed court documents that contained emails between Manning and Joseph Skiba. In one email, Manning asks Skiba to get "2 helmets that can pass as game used."

When the emails went public last year, Manning angrily denied any wrongdoing. In a court filing this month, Manning's attorney wrote that the email was intended to ask Skiba for two game-used helmets that would "satisfy the requirement of being game-used."

Joseph Skiba and Wagner were named in the lawsuit, but were cleared of liability. Other defendants were Manning, the Giants and Steiner Sports, the company with whom Manning is under contract to provide game-worn jerseys and helmets for sale.

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