Despite the fact that Michael Strahan hasn’t donned a New York Giants uniform since Super Bowl 42, the Hall of Fame defensive end is now suing his former team. Strahan alleges the Giants intentionally gave him a fake version of his game-worn jersey during Super Bowl 42 – the last game of Strahan’s career.
As if the case wasn’t strange enough, New York Daily News’ Michael O’Keeffe reported that Giants quarterback Eli Manning and the organization “sold fraudulent jerseys, helmets and other memorabilia to fans and trading card companies.” Supposedly, Manning was active in this process to ensure he could retain his own personal keepsakes.
Brian C. Brook, who claims one of his three clients, Eric Inselberg, was given Strahan’s actual game-worn Super Bowl 42 jersey, filed the lawsuit in a New Jersey Superior Court. In the lawsuit, Brook states, “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.”
Strahan, a 7-time Pro Bowler, was the 40th overall pick in 1993 out of Texas Southern and played all 15 seasons of his career with the Giants. The single season sack record holder (22.5) ended his career with 854 tackles, 24 forced fumbles and 141.5 sacks, good for fifth all-time.
As the lawsuit lingers, the Giants released a statement denying these claims. A spokesperson for New York said, “”We have no reason to believe that any of Mr. Inselberg’s allegations are based in fact.”
No matter what the resolution ends up being though, everyone can agree that it’s sad to see a Hall of Fame player and his beloved organization reach this point.