New documents suggest Eli Manning knowingly participated in a Giants memorabilia scheme

New evidence in a civil-racketeering suit suggests that Eli Manning knowingly tried to pass non-game-used equipment off as game-used to a memorabilia dealer, according to court documents obtained by Kaja Whitehouse and Bruce Golding of the New York Post.

The evidence is part of a lawsuit filed against Manning, the New York Giants, Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba, Giants owner John Mara, and Steiner Sports, a large memorabilia company. The suit accuses them of "conspiring to fleece collectors of authentic athletic uniforms worn on the playing field," according to the report.

The latest evidence includes emails handed over by Manning that were part of a pair of conversations: one between Manning and his marketing agent, Alan Zucker and one between Manning and Skiba.

Here is the content of those emails, according to the Post:

Manning's email is contained in a pair of exchanges that allegedly began when his marketing agent, Alan Zucker, asked Manning to supply "2 game used helmets and 2 game used jerseys" as per the two-time Super Bowl MVP's contract with memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports.

Several hours after Zucker sent the request on April 27, 2010, Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba sent Manning an email saying: "Let me know what your looking for I'll try to get something down for you...", court papers say.

"2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli," Manning allegedly responded from his BlackBerry at 2:08 p.m.

Less than 15 minutes later, at 2:25 p.m., Manning wrote back to Zucker, saying: "Should be able to get them for tomorrow."

"Thanks Eli," Zucker responded.

The plaintiffs' lawyer, Brian Brook, told the Post that the emails prove "Manning was looking to give non-game-used helmets to Steiner to satisfy — fraudulently — his contractual obligation."

The Giants released a statement saying the emails were "taken out of context."

"The email, taken out of context, was shared with the media by an unscrupulous memorabilia dealer and his counsel who for years has been seeking to leverage a big payday. The email predates any litigation, and there was no legal obligation to store it on the Giants server.

"Eli Manning is well known for his integrity and this is just the latest misguided attempt to defame his character."

Brook also alleges that the Giants deleted the emails between Manning and Skiba, who was using a Giants email address. Manning was using an AOL address and still had the emails and willingly handed them over.

Manning's agent didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

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2004: (r-l) Eli Manning Manning, Peyton Manning and Archie Manning pose for a picture. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
Eli Manning, Archie Manning and Peyton Manning February 27, 2004 at a VIP party before the Maxwell Football Club Awards Banquet (Photo by Bill McCay/Getty Images)
New York Giants number 1 draft choice for 2004 QB Eli Manning poses with his brother Colts quarterback Peyton Manning at the 2004 NFL Draft held at Madison Square Garden in New York on April 24. Manning was originally chosen by the San Diego Chargers but was later traded to the New York Giants. (Photo by Tom Berg/Getty Images)
Peyton Manning and Eli Manning during 2004 ESPY Awards - Backstage and Audience at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for ESPN)
Eli Manning and Peyton Manning at the 2005 Fantasy Football Training Camp held at the South Street Seaport on July 18, 2005 in New York City (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is congratulated by his brother Peyton Manning after defeating the New England Patriots 17-14 during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
DURHAM, NC - MARCH 08: Peyton Manning (L) and brother Eli Manning (R) watch on at the Duke Blue Devils versus North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 8, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 06: NFL players Eli (L) and Peyton Manning speak onstage during the taping of Idol Gives Back held at the Kodak Theatre on April 6, 2008 in Hollywood, California. Idol Gives Back will air April 9, 2008 (7:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL -- Pictured: (l-r) Eli Manning, Peyton Manning -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants and Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts embrace following the Colts 38-14 win at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 27: Peyton Manning #18 of the AFC's Denver Broncos talks with brother, Eli Manning #10 of the NFC's New York Giants after the conclusion of the 2013 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl on January 27 , 2013 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02: (L-R) Peyton Manning, Archie Manning and Eli Manning attend DIRECTV'S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl at DTV SuperFan Stadium at Mardi Gras World on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For DirecTV)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 15: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Quarterbacks Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos and Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants meet after their game on September 15, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Broncos defeated the Giants 41-23. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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