I never thought I would ever have to write the words "fraud" and "Manning" in the same headline but obviously even the All American image of football's first family can show a little tarnish. The "fraud" stems from a case involving Eli Manning and the accusations that he offered "game-worn" equipment, that wasn't actually game worn to collectors for purchase.

The case reached a settlement yesterday according to a story on Pro Football Talk. The suit alleged that Manning had requested a Giants equipment manager to provide him with helmets that could pass as game used, even though they had not been used in a game.

Both the plaintiffs and defendants released a joint statement yesterday regarding the settlement of the disagreement.

[Plaintiffs] Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown have resolved all claims in their pending litigation against the New York Giants, Eli Manning, John Mara, William Heller, Joseph Skiba, Edward Skiba and Steiner Sports, in accordance with a confidential settlement agreement reached today. The compromise agreement, entered into by all parties, should not be viewed as supporting any allegations, claims or defenses.

The settlement means that Manning and the Giants can now move forward into the coming season without the threat of legal issues getting in the way. At least legal issues from this particular case.