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#1 Posted on 16.1.13 2022.38
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http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8851033/story-manti-teo-girlfriend-death-apparently-hoax

You would think the Middle Linebacker at Notre Dame would have a real girlfriend. I guess a nerdy jock is still a nerd. Would this have had any effect on the Heisman if it came out in December? Does this hurt him more than that preformance in the BCS Title game?
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#2 Posted on 16.1.13 2030.17
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Ok, first, there is some question if she is real if you read the article, there other people who claim she is real. The question is more about faking her death and who she really was. Apparently, Te'o got a call in December from her and that is where a lot of this coming from. Notre Dame did investigate and was in the process of figuring out what the hell was going when Deadspin broke the story.

If he made it up then he is toast. No NFL team will touch him. It also doesn't make a lot of sense since his grandmother who did die would have gotten him the attention anyway. If you want to know who I think is behind this, look to the source of the Deadspin article.
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#3 Posted on 16.1.13 2230.34
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She's definitely not real. I don't know what Reagan Mauia is talking about in the ESPN story, but deadspin made it clear that the girl in the picture is not her, rather someone who had her pictures taken off of facebook by this Ronaiah Tuiasosopo character, who is friendly with Te'o. Mauia also claimed June 2011 "was before her and Manti", which disagrees with Te'o's claim that he met her after the Stanford/Notre Dame game in 2009.

It's possible that Te'o might have been duped by a friend of his who arranged for a different girl to call him up, but none of that seems to add up. She became his girlfriend when he never met in person? And didn't visit her in the hospital once when he found it she had leukemia and been in an accident? And the person who claimed to be her sister (who Te'o tweeted) turned out to have a stolen picture too? If he isn't in on this, he's the most gullible person I've ever met.

Some people are speculating that this may be a cover-up from a Mormon athlete attending a Catholic university who is in the closet. If that were true, the thing to do would be to come clean with it, but he'd probably just Larry Craig it, unfortunately.
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#4 Posted on 16.1.13 2351.21
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    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    She became his girlfriend when he never met in person?


The interview from October that ESPN keeps showing has him saying that she was "the most beautiful girl I ever met."

Unless he thinks seeing a photo means that he "met" her, then that sentence implies that he had met her, as that is what he literally said.
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#5 Posted on 17.1.13 0027.30
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    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    Some people are speculating that this may be a cover-up from a Mormon athlete attending a Catholic university who is in the closet.


This is the theory that would make the most sense. The alternatives are...

* he actually did get taken advantage of in some kind of online hoax, but given the details involved, I find it hard to believe that anyone could be that gullible and/or flatout stupid.

* this was all a hoax dreamt up to make Te'o seem like a more likeable and marketable figure. To this end, I don't see what the point would be of this --- Te'o was already a star player on a high-profile team and even had a personal 'hook' with his grandmother, though it seems wrong to refer to someone's death as just a marketing tool.
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#6 Posted on 17.1.13 0254.06
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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    * he actually did get taken advantage of in some kind of online hoax, but given the details involved, I find it hard to believe that anyone could be that gullible and/or flatout stupid.


Hey, this is a 'jock' we're talking about here. Haven't you seen Revenge of The Nerds?
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#7 Posted on 17.1.13 0541.24
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Musberger was right. The quarterbacks get the good looking women. Real ones too.... Apparently the linebackers just get imaginary girlfriends
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#8 Posted on 17.1.13 0634.42
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This is two steps beyond weird. When I heard this I thought it was a story from the Onion.
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#9 Posted on 17.1.13 0845.42
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Judging by accounts I see on Tumblr and Facebook, a lot of online-exclusive relationships are identified using boyfriend/girlfriend terms. And they have rarely or never met. That terminology makes things fuzzy.

Either way, this is weird. Like weirdy weird.
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#10 Posted on 17.1.13 1234.18
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    Originally posted by Big Bad

    * this was all a hoax dreamt up to make Te'o seem like a more likeable and marketable figure. To this end, I don't see what the point would be of this --- Te'o was already a star player on a high-profile team and even had a personal 'hook' with his grandmother, though it seems wrong to refer to someone's death as just a marketing tool.


The problem with that theory is that this has been going on for three years. Awful lot of forethought to start a hoax three years ago with an end goal like this.
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#11 Posted on 17.1.13 1556.31
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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    Judging by accounts I see on Tumblr and Facebook, a lot of online-exclusive relationships are identified using boyfriend/girlfriend terms. And they have rarely or never met. That terminology makes things fuzzy.

    Either way, this is weird. Like weirdy weird.


You mean my three World of Warcraft brides mean nothing in the real world?
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#12 Posted on 17.1.13 2044.24
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http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8854472/teammate-manti-teo-says-player-played-girlfriend-angle

That link says that 1) former teammates thought he met the girl at least once prior,

    After Deadspin.com broke the hoax story, however, multiple media reports have said players thought that Te'o had only met Lennay Kekua once and that it wasn't really accurate to call her his girlfriend. But as condolences poured in, Te'o "played along," according to the teammate, who wished to remain anonymous.


2) He was playing up her death,


    a former teammate told ESPN's Bob Holtzman on Wednesday that players knew the woman wasn't really his girlfriend even though Te'o played that up as his tragic story was being told.


3) A friend of Tuiasosopo thinks this was done for publicity


    A friend of Tuiasosopo told Deadspin he was "80 percent sure" that Te'o participated and did so with publicity in mind.
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#13 Posted on 17.1.13 2319.30
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    Originally posted by lotjx

    If he made it up then he is toast. No NFL team will touch
    him.



Oh, please. Michael Vick got a job, didn't he? Ray Lewis kept his.
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#14 Posted on 18.1.13 0315.35
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
      Originally posted by lotjx

      If he made it up then he is toast. No NFL team will touch
      him.



    Oh, please. Michael Vick got a job, didn't he? Ray Lewis kept his.


It is apples, oranges, and pears.

Vick was convicted, and did jail time and got a job.
Lewis REALLY looks guilty of murder or an accomplice to murder, paid off the family of the deceased, and kept his job.
Te'o is just accused of being REALLY naive, or creating a fake GF that was killed off to get media attention.

Now, to further complicate things, Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Mauia says the girl is not only real, but was friends with his family (even though there is no actual proof she actually existed).
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/arizona-cardinals-fullback-manti-te-os-fake-girlfriend-051106606--ncaaf.html

    Originally posted by Reagan Mauia
    "This was before her and Manti," Mauia said Wednesday evening. "I don't think Manti was even in the picture, but she and I became good friends. We would talk off and on, just checking up on each other kind of thing. I am close to her family. When she was going through the loss of her father, I was... I offered a comforting shoulder and just someone to bounce her emotions off. That was just from meeting her in Samoa."

    "She was tall," he said. "Volleyball-type of physique. She was athletic, tall, beautiful. Long hair. Polynesian. She looked like a model ... "
    He said it is his understanding that Kekua's mother is operating her Twitter account. He said he'd never met her mother. When told by a reporter that she apparently might not have existed, Mauia said: "No, she is real."


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#15 Posted on 23.1.13 1044.43
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And Te'o admits he kept telling dead girlfriend story six weeks after he realized it might not be true. (If you believe him now, anyway.) This appeared to be the case for a while to everyone but a post-midnight wildly gesticulating Jeremy Schaap.

Combine that overhyped and underdelivering off camera interview with the story ESPN had the story for 7 days but didn't report it because they were holding out for an interview, and it's not just a linebacker who seems to have problems knowing when to tell truths.

The story about ESPN knowing the story was true makes their behavior that day curious too - they held off reporting on the story until Norte Dame issued it's statement, even though Deadspin had the story up hours before. The neat thing about the upcoming story list is when it gets changed during the show and you can imagine the chaos in the control room. It didn't go Te'o haywire until about 15 minutes of that show, even after it had been the top story on PTI. ESPN is big company so maybe whoever was running that day SportsCenter wasn't in the loop about the story, but you'd think the newsdesk would've known.

(edited by thecubsfan on 23.1.13 1046)
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#16 Posted on 25.1.13 0740.53
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I still find it incredibly hard to believe that a guy who was the number one football star at Notre Dame and was slated to be a first round pick in the NFL draft had to get a girlfriend online.

You can't tell me he wouldn't had college girls lining up to date him at school.
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#17 Posted on 25.1.13 0811.32
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I found this article via Metafilter; it posits the notion that a big part of the reason that T'eo was susceptible to such deception has to do with Samoan culture. Whether you buy it or not, it's a very interesting read, especially the implication that this is something that has happened before and well before the advent of the internet.
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#18 Posted on 25.1.13 1619.25
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    Originally posted by Kevintripod
    I still find it incredibly hard to believe that a guy who was the number one football star at Notre Dame and was slated to be a first round pick in the NFL draft had to get a girlfriend online.

    You can't tell me he wouldn't had college girls lining up to date him at school.


Mormon at a Catholic school. If he's devout, it wouldn't be that hard to believe.
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#19 Posted on 25.1.13 2049.31
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Gregg “Opie” Hughes Offers $25,000 for Any Girl to Prove She Had Sex with Manti Te’o

http://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/gregg_opie_hughes_offers_25000_for_any_girl_to_prove_she_had_sex_with_manti_teo/12753562

Radio host Gregg “Opie” Hughes is like many and doesn’t fully believe everything that Manti Te’o is claiming after desperately trying to cover up his dead fake girlfriend scandal. Hughes was on his Sirius/XM Satellite radio program on Friday morning, the Opie And Anthony Show, and put forth an enticing offer of $25,000 for a girl to come forward and prove that she indeed had sex with the embroiled Notre Dame linebacker. Many believe that the confused Te’o may enjoy the company of men, thus then contriving an elaborate story of having a relationship with a girl to mask his closeted homosexuality. When asked by Katie Couric if he was gay, Te’o responded, “No, far from it. Faaar from it,” and then laughed. With this much machismo and confidence in his heterosexuality it should be a quick and simple search to find a girl if not tens of girls who would have thrown themselves at the athletic star football player at Notre Dame and had sexual relations with Te’o.
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#20 Posted on 26.1.13 0806.08
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People do realize that Notre Dame is a Catholic school with probably a lot less average of women who are probably not your standard college girl sluts. Nice of a radio show host to put a bounty on a college's sexual relations. I am shocked they got kicked off of standard radio.
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