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Victor Cruz throws Eli Manning under the bus on memorabilia fraud emails

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Victor Cruz takes a jab at his former QB

Victor Cruz and Eli Manning were once teammates, and friends, but Victor Cruz made a statement on Hot 97 that could stop that friendship pretty quickly.

“Let’s be clear: His character is top-notch,” Cruz said.

However, despite the fact that Manning has never done anything to raise an eyebrow until this scandal broke, Cruz believes this won’t just blow over because Manning is who he is.

“It’s going to be some conversations to be had,” Cruz said. “Something is going to have to be said. Eli is going to have to admit or own up to whatever this is and we’ll see what happens. Because there’s a question of what was that email about. You’re asking your equipment manager to send you something that resembles game-worn apparel. What is it about? Is it for your auntie back in Mississippi that just wants a jersey? Or is it for someone that is paying you for whatever?”

Cruz also said players it is “extremely common” to request gear that wasn’t used in a game, as players want to give items to friends and family.

“But the fact that he wrote the actual words ‘pass for game-worn,’ that’s the part that’s like …,” Cruz said.

You can read more about Eli Manning’s email here.

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