Three men allege in a lawsuit against the New York Giants that the team presented Michael Strahan a fake Super Bowl XLII jersey, selling the genuine article to one of the plaintiffs.
Per the complaint, Giants clubhouse attendant Edward Skiba sold the genuine article after the game to Eric Inselberg, one of the plaintiffs. Inselberg works as a sports memorabilia dealer and alleged in a prior civil suit that the Giants, along with quarterback Eli Manning, participated in selling false merchandise branded as "game-worn."
Per the lawsuit, Manning was involved because of his desire to hold onto the real mementos.
Strahan did not view the lawsuit and refused further comment.
"The Giants went to great lengths to make the jersey they gave to Strahan falsely appear as if it was worn during the Super Bowl, even adding Gatorade stains to the fabric," the court documents allege, via Michael O'Keeffe of the New York Daily News.
Inselberg attempted a civil suit against Manning and the Giants in 2014, alleging Giants staff fabricated false 'game-used' merchandise and sold it to fans.
"The fraudulent sales and the fraudulent cover-up are really two sides of the same coin. I cannot fathom a world where it is okay to throw an innocent person like Eric Inselberg under the bus in order to conceal one's own misdeeds," Brian C. Brook, Inselberg's attorney said.
The Giants said they expect to successfully contest Inselberg's lawsuit.
"We will continue to contest any and all allegations in another motion to dismiss, which we expect to succeed. We have no reason to believe that any of Mr. Inselberg’s allegations are based in fact," Giants spokesperson Karen J. Kessler said.