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post #19 of 101
Originally Posted by MyrtleBeachGolf View Post

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.
I'm inclined to agree. The whole story of him meeting her after a Stanford game had to come from somewhere, too.

But let's face it, this is going to have practically zero impact on his impending football career.
post #20 of 101

this is gonna get wild!
post #21 of 101
Im just going to sit back and let this all unravel before I chime in
post #22 of 101




Swarbrick says that Te'o received a call on the day of the ESPN College Football Awards — December 6th — from the phone number that he believed to be Lennay Kekua's, his deceased girlfriend. The voice on the phone was the voice Te'o thought was Kekua's from prior phone conversations. She told Te'o she was still alive, and tried to "restart" the relationship, according to Swarbrick.

She contacted Te'o several times after that, but Te'o told his coaches on December 26th that he thought he was the target of a hoax. An independent investigation was launched, and on January 4th the firm that investigated the situation concluded it was an elaborate hoax, according to Swarbrick.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/notre-dame-manti-teo-hoax-press-conference-2013-1#ixzz2ICZdpoY2


post #23 of 101

I'm sorry... But his Father needs to be questioned.  

post #24 of 101

Reading this story is like reading Finnegan's Wake while doing a hand stand. Seriously, WTF is going on here. I'm confused.

post #25 of 101
Originally Posted by jamo View Post

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


Now THAT'S funny.

post #26 of 101

Maybe he met her on an online chat room after the Stanford game and we all assumed that "met" implied in person.  Or maybe the reporter changed slighly what was said thinking it didn't make a difference.  And then we would have to figure out what he means by a girl friend.  Maybe he was just embrassed by having an online penpal. Or maybe he had some master scheme. 


Smart people do dumb things all the time. Look at the ponzi schemes that suck in rich people all the time. This doesn't say anything about Notre Dame academics (you are crazy if you think the ND football players have the exact same standards as the rest. They might be higher standards than lets say a SEC school but if you take out football a good chunk of them would not get in). This whole thing looks stupid now but maybe at the time it felt believable.


Originally Posted by billchao View Post

I'm inclined to agree. The whole story of him meeting her after a Stanford game had to come from somewhere, too.

But let's face it, this is going to have practically zero impact on his impending football career.
post #27 of 101

Saw this and thought it was hilarious!


post #28 of 101
Lol wow.
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post #30 of 101

I have it from a very reliable source that Lane Kiffin is behind this.

post #31 of 101

The reporting on this story is terrible.  


Look at the deadspin article.  The whole thing is very poorly written, which I think is a big part of the problem.  They build the back story with quotes from articles, but its not clear whether they are actually things that Te'o said. I often found myself wondering "who supposedly said this?"  Its an important question.  They put things like the stories of the nightly phone calls in quotes, but they're quoting an article, not Te'o.  The ESPN article that talks about the nightly phone calls does not quote Te'o.  Its just written.  The article from the South Bend Tribune has been taken down, so I don't know if those were direct quotes.  That's how they build the story of what Te'o claimed.  Through things written by reporters that are not quotes of Te'o.  I mean, clearly, that was the story that was out there.  But how much of it was Te'o lying vs. the reporters for embellishing? 


Their evidence is mostly old tweets, and they point to things like Te'o retweeting something as proof that they are friends, but the guy has 180k followers and that's how famous people interact on twitter.  Oh right, and this "A friend of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo told us he was "80 percent sure" that Manti Te'o was "in on it," and that the two perpetrated Lennay Kekua's death with publicity in mind."  Where's the obvious followup questions?  What makes him so sure?  What evidence does he base this opinion on?  Its important because that quote is getting reported everywhere as one of the main "facts."   The only actual journalism in that confusing and poorly written story is the contact with "Reba."  That's surprising since the article is written in the style of "look how f'ing smart we are and how much the media sucks."


After that article, you would think the media would clean up their act.  But it continues.  


We've got someone who interviews the cardinals full back who claims to have known her and the people involved and says she is real.  How the hell do you not get more than a pargraph's worth of quotes from that guy?  How has ESPN not been all over that guy? 


Now there are headlines declaring that his teammates knew she was fake.  But if you read the quotes, what the unnamed teammate says is that they knew they only met once, and that it wasn't what others would consider a "relationship."  The quotes make it seem like the teammates thought he was playing it as if they were closer than they were, not that they suspected that she didn't exist.  That's probably true, but it adds nothing to the story.  Did the reporter ask the player whether Te'o claimed to have vacationed in Hawaii and spoken to her on the phone?  We don't know.


Then you get this article by Gene Wojciechowski http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8854472/teammate-manti-teo-says-player-played-girlfriend-angle


He says things like this:



I sat across from Te'o in the fall and listened to him tell his story of heartbreak. You know the details by now: on the same horrific day, he had learned that his grandmother had died, followed hours later by what he said was the news that his girlfriend -- the apparently fictitious Lennay Kekua -- had also passed away.

If he was lying, it was a performance for the ages. And if he wasn't, then clearly he believed, with all his heart, that both his beloved grandmother and Lennay had died within six hours of one another.


That's it?  If this girl is fake, which pretty much everyone agrees is the case, this doesn't prove anything.  He just says when he was told she died.  Did he tell Gene that they met in person?  That's the important part.  What else did he say?  And there's this:





He was asked again about his girlfriend on Jan. 3 prior to the BCS title game, saying: "This team is very special to me, and the guys on it have always been there for me, through the good times and the bad times. I rarely have a quiet time to myself because I always have somebody calling me, asking, 'Do you want to go to the movies?' Coach is always calling me asking me, 'Are you OK? Do you need anything?' "


Are you kidding me?  What was he asked?  This response just talks about how much he loved his team.  How can you say "he was asked about his girlfriend" then quote his response that is all about his team, without any explanation?  Are you saying he ducked the question?  Apparently he figured it out in late december, so on Jan 3, he knew what was up.  So maybe he is just answering the question vaguely because he doesn't want to announce to the world, the week before the game, that he is a fool.





I'll end my rambling.  I just think that so much of this is from crappy reporting.  I'm not even trying to defend him.  None of what I am saying changes the facts.  I'm just saying that these reporters are doing such a crappy job that they're making everything less clear.  They leave out the basic who/what/when/why/how.  

post #32 of 101
Originally Posted by dsc123 View Post

The reporting on this story is terrible.  


They put things like the stories of the nightly phone calls in quotes, but they're quoting an article, not Te'o.  


While I don't disagree, watch his October 2, 2012 interview...3:09... I'd say those are his own words.


post #33 of 101
even in that interview, he said she was beautiful, but then said, not because of her looks but her personality. I don't think that contradicts his claim that he met her online and talked to her online and on the phone.

I haven't seen anything that really discredits his story.

the comment in that video about phone calls came from his statement the other day. I guess that's something. but I don't find phone calls to be that unbelievable until you start talking about nightly calls or eight hour calls. that would just take to much dedication for tuiasosopo to fake.

I probably sound like I'm defending te'o big time, but I don't mean to. I just dont think anything particularly strong has come out to indicate that he was involved. except the whole 'how could he fall for that!?' thing. which is something.
post #34 of 101

Also, if she is fake... Why the hell does his father say that they visited each other several times in Hawaii? I mean if the girl didn't exist... And Te'o claims that he was a victim of a 'Catfish' hoax... Then why tell your parents that you are meeting this chick while you are home in Hawaii? That doesn't add up to me.  It's like his family was in on building up the drama.  And how great of a 'relationship' their son had with this girl.

post #35 of 101

Go back and do more research... Re-read the numerous articles.  The story stinks of Te'o and his family covering up a 'hoax'... Or building drama around this fictitious character.

post #36 of 101
Yeah, certainly HIS words. He claims to talk to her on the phone every single night for 4 months leading up to her death. He seems to be playing it up for the cameras too.
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