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NFL: No discipline for Eli Manning in memorabilia suit

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The Sports Xchange
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to a client at the 2018 BTIG Commissions for Charity Day on May 8 in New York City. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to a client at the 2018 BTIG Commissions for Charity Day on May 8 in New York City. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will not face league discipline in the wake of a sports memorabilia fraud lawsuit.

While a settlement was reached in the case earlier this week, the NFL said Manning will not be punished under the league's personal conduct policy.

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"We monitored the situation and are satisfied that it is a civil matter that was resolved," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to profootballtalks.com. "Not a (Personal Conduct Policy) issue."

Three sports memorabilia collectors who accused Manning of providing fraudulent "game-worn" equipment that was sold to fans announced a settlement to their lawsuit on Monday.

The three collectors -- Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown -- had sought triple the amount of their alleged losses (which totaled less than $20,000) for purchasing two helmets that were billed as worn by Manning.

They also had sought punitive damages in the lawsuit that alleged Manning delivered the memorabilia to Steiner Sports with a signed letter claiming that they were "game used."

At the center of the dispute were messages from Manning to a team equipment manager asking for helmets "that can pass as game used."

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Manning, a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, and the Giants had denied the allegations and characterized the suit as "inflammatory and baseless" in court filings.

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