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Manti Te'o's dead girlfrined story a hoax???

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http://deadspin.com/5976517/manti-teos-dead-girlfriend-the-most-heartbreaking-and-inspirational-story-of-the-college-football-season-is-a-hoax

 

 

This kid has some splainin to do. z7_no.gif

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https://www.facebook.com/NDFootball/posts/553537038009180

 

Should be fun. I sort of give him the benefit of the doubt because really after a dead grandmother, do you really need to add in a dead GF for the story?

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I was thinking the same. But it still doesn't make sense on Te'o's(?) part. I didn't see all the media coverage regarding his supposed dead girlfriend, but I know College Gameday has a lot of fillers Saturday mornings and I think this story was one of them and didn't he do a few interviews about this? Hard to believe that he fell victim to a hoax. 

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I sort of give him the benefit of the doubt because really after a dead grandmother, do you really need to add in a dead GF for the story?

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This story is so weird. I guess I hope that he was a victim.

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Clay Travis ‏@ClayTravisBGID
Wow. RT @TheBigLead: Confirmed from 2 sources: ESPN has known about Manti Te'o story for 10 days.

 

hmmmm. wonder why ESPN didn't feel the need to lead with this "story" on January 6, 2013?

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I read the Deadspin story... Sounds like a Catfish hoax - that went awry... If this girl doesn't exist... Then who was he talking to on the phone?  That is what I want to know.  From his response, he is saying he was a victim... But again, if she wasn't real - who the heck was he talking to on the phone?

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I read the Deadspin story... Sounds like a Catfish hoax - that went awry... If this girl doesn't exist... Then who was he talking to on the phone?  That is what I want to know.  From his response, he is saying he was a victim... But again, if she wasn't real - who the heck was he talking to on the phone?

 

my guess?

 

this guy

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Jason Dufner ‏@JasonDufner
I once had a fake girlfriend. She was really hot 2. Could be the craziest sports story ever.

Jason Dufner ‏@JasonDufner
I don't see the big deal, pretty much every guy I know has a fake girlfriend? Maybe bc they faked a death? That's against the law I think.
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I read the Deadspin story... Sounds like a Catfish hoax - that went awry... If this girl doesn't exist... Then who was he talking to on the phone?  That is what I want to know.  From his response, he is saying he was a victim... But again, if she wasn't real - who the heck was he talking to on the phone?

Even more strange is this from the Deadspin article is this: "The South Bend Tribune wrote an article describing the young couple's fairytale meeting—she, a Stanford student; he, a Notre Dame star—after a football game outside Palo Alto." And this: "'Every once in a while, she would travel to Hawaii, and that happened to be the time Manti was home, so he would meet with her there.'"

Forget how they talked on the phone, how did they meet? I assume if he really wasn't in the loop then whoever was behind it found ... someone willing to meet him. And if they were close enough for him to call her his girlfriend, they must have gotten pretty close. And where's that girl today?
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Jason Dufner ‏@JasonDufner
I once had a fake girlfriend. She was really hot 2. Could be the craziest sports story ever.

Jason Dufner ‏@JasonDufner
I don't see the big deal, pretty much every guy I know has a fake girlfriend? Maybe bc they faked a death? That's against the law I think.
Even more strange is this from the Deadspin article is this: "The South Bend Tribune wrote an article describing the young couple's fairytale meeting—she, a Stanford student; he, a Notre Dame star—after a football game outside Palo Alto."

Forget how they talked on the phone, how did they meet? I assume if he really wasn't in the know then whoever was behind it found ... someone willing to meet him. And if they were close enough for him to call her his girlfriend, they must have gotten pretty close.

Yeah I agree.  I read that too... But then I read his response to all this... And he said he never met 'her'.  And he only talked to her (via online social media - and I'm assuming the phone calls he said he would fall asleep talking to her and 8hrs later the phone was there and still connected... Hmmmph So I'm confused.

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my guess?

 

this guy

Strange.  

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Originally Posted by jamo View Post

Jason Dufner ‏@JasonDufner
I once had a fake girlfriend. She was really hot 2. Could be the craziest sports story ever.

Jason Dufner ‏@JasonDufner
I don't see the big deal, pretty much every guy I know has a fake girlfriend? Maybe bc they faked a death? That's against the law I think.

 

Nice. :D

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Yea. This thing is so weird. That's why i said I hope he's a victim. That's really the best case scenario for him. The only other option would be that he was in on this for some reason. More publicity? That couldn't be worth the risk, could it?
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It would have to be one really elaborate hoax for him to have not known.  Then again, you take devout mormon from hawaii, who by all accounts is a real wholesome sort of guy, stick him in south bend...maybe he is just naive?  Maybe these guys call start the hoax, and once it works they get some girl to play the part.  But nightly phone calls?  That would take a lot of dedication...

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Yeah I agree.  I read that too... But then I read his response to all this... And he said he never met 'her'.  And he only talked to her (via online social media - and I'm assuming the phone calls he said he would fall asleep talking to her and 8hrs later the phone was there and still connected... Hmmmph So I'm confused.

So either he lied when he told the South Bend Tribune that he had met her, or they got bad information from somewhere else. Or ... I don't know. Such a weird story. And he has a vey loose definition of the word "girlfriend."
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my guess?

this guy

Seems like that was the conclusion the Deadspin writers came to. That it was either a hoax by that guy, or that he and Te'o were doing it deliberately for the PR.

I like to believe that the entire thing was concocted by Bill Belichick in the hopes that Te'o could drop to the end of the first round. a2_wink.gif
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It would have to be one really elaborate hoax for him to have not known.  Then again, you take devout mormon from hawaii, who by all accounts is a real wholesome sort of guy, stick him in south bend...maybe he is just naive?  Maybe these guys call start the hoax, and once it works they get some girl to play the part.  But nightly phone calls?  That would take a lot of dedication...

Or the nightly phone calls thing was a lie.
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Yea. This thing is so weird. That's why i said I hope he's a victim. That's really the best case scenario for him. The only other option would be that he was in on this for some reason. More publicity? That couldn't be worth the risk, could it?

 

As a fan, I really hope this wasn't a heisman hype strategy....

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Yea. This thing is so weird. That's why i said I hope he's a victim. That's really the best case scenario for him. The only other option would be that he was in on this for some reason. More publicity? That couldn't be worth the risk, could it?

He's clearly not the victim here. He has claimed to not only talk to her on the phone every night, but he also claimed to have taken trips to Hawaii to visit her multiple times. The kid was straight up making this nonsense up. And now it's came back to bite him on the ass.
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He's clearly not the victim here. He has claimed to not only talk to her on the phone every night, but he also claimed to have taken trips to Hawaii to visit her multiple times. The kid was straight up making this nonsense up. And now it's came back to bite him on the ass.

well its possible that he exaggerated his live contact instead of telling the world that he spends all night talking to her in chat rooms.

or that he talked about going to see her in the future and reporters weren't clear in their writing.

and let's remember that most of deadspins info comes from tweets. not enough to label a guy that appears to be genuinely good hearted, a liar, imo.
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