"The greatest trick the devil pulled was convincing the word he didn't exist"
Does that famous line spoken by Verbal Kent AKA Keyser Soze in "Usual Suspects" apply to New York Giants quarterback, Eli Manning?
You know, the two time Super Bowl winning QB who is widely considered one of the more pure, boy next door, aw shucks, players in the NFL.
Because that same innocent looking Manning is being charged with Civil Racketeering due to a scandal involving the sale of fraudulent sports memorabilia.
When I hear "racketeering" I think of HBO's Tony Soprano or real life mobster John Gotti.
Who I don't think of is the NFL's reigning "Walter Payton Man of the Year" award winner, which is one of the league's highest honors and is awarded to a player for his "volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field."
Nonetheless, Eli Manning is at the center of the lawsuit. The Giants QB turned over his emails which the prosecutors argue are the "smoking gun" in their case but the Giants argue the emails are being taken out of context.
The trial is set to start on September 25th.