It is every fans dream to get their hands on some memorabilia. Especially if it’s a jersey worn on the field. And if it is going to be anyone’s jersey, a New York Giants fan would especially covet one worn by Hall of Famer Michael Strahan
Unless it is fake of course.
The Giants are being sued by memorabilia dealer Eric Inselberg, who was sold a jersey worn by Strahan during his final game as a pro. The jersey, supposedly worn by Strahan during his final NFL game against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, was a fake. Originally, the Giants had originally awarded Strahan his jersey after the conclusion of the game. The legal matter is currently being investigated in a New Jersey court that a fake had been replicated by the Giants organization.
It was reported by the New York Daily News that the court accused the Giants of not only selling Inselberg the fake jersey, but other suitors as well. The jersey itself even sported purposeful Gatorade stains to make it seem more authentic.
The original case put forth by Inselberg had multiple complaints thrown out by a judge. Apparently, Inselberg himself was investigated for selling fake merchandise a few years ago, but proved his innocence by proving he was not at fault.
It will be interesting to see how this is handled by the Giants, who has so far denied everything. And Strahan has remained silent so far as this case is concerned. Strahan has supported a fairly successful career on television since leaving football, so it is a little difficult to believe he had any part in this. After all, a man with as many gigs as him probably does not need another cash influx.
But as for the Giants, this situation could get interesting. Inselberg’s lawyer had some words on the state of the justice system when concerning issues such as these,
“There’s fraudulent memorabilia being sold to fans, and then fraud on the U.S. government to cover it up…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.”
Inselberg’s lawyer suggests this issue goes beyond just the Giants organization. And while it is too early to suggest that such an issue can evolve into something much more serious, it will be fascinating to see how this issue attempts to survive in court.