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Old 01-16-2013, 07:55 PM   #401
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Espn (and probably other media outlets as well) knew, it's just that they're so in bed with ND that they were willingly sitting on the story
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:56 PM   #402
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Capone astroturfing for ESPN.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:56 PM   #403
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So notes on Manti from NFL Scouts on a background search are what? Complete idiot off the field or huge liar or sucker for scams?
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:56 PM   #404
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he is a member of a very homophobic culture and is the current face of a very homophobic public institution, he almost certainly couldn't have a homosexual relationship in the open so he invents a GF to cover it up
Agreed. Why I'd totally be like w/e if's he's just gay and came out.

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There's no chance Te'o wasn't in on it. He told all these huge, detailed stories about when they met, how often they talked, made **** up about her family, etc. If he wasn't in on it, he would have said "I met her last year through Twitter" and not "We met in 2009 after a game in Palo Alto!"

Also, the more I think about it, the less likely it is that Te'o and Tuiasosopo were covering for a homosexual relationship, because in that case it makes no sense to kill her.
If he thought more people would wanna know who she is, it does make sense. I remember an ESPN piece on RG3 and his girlfriend from mid-season and ND was prepped to start a Heisman campaign.

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Herbert W. Wilson: Well at least his imaginary girlfriend wasn't raped by football players, then Notre Dame would have had to cover that up, too.


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Not sure why people are mad at Te'o. Tim Tebow spent every year of his career in a relationship with a made-up person who died tragically.


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I mean best best best case scenario here for him is that he did get into some kind of long-distance online relationship with "Lennay" as part of a hoax, but then lied to the media about ever having met her (and obviously oversold the degree to which she was his "girlfriend").
Or that he got involved with a girl he never met from Palo Alto who faked her own death and used this girl's pictures to say who she was. Then, it's just lying about meeting her and everything else being a hoax on him.

Then again, are there shots of his locker with a picture of her? This would be standard, even if not his choice, but in ND, NBC, and ESPN's interest.

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This story is literally figuratively blowing my mind.

I cannot even process how

****ed up
hilarious
pathetic

this thing is. Kudos to deadspin, major kudos. Jesus, how does literally no other news source in the country find this **** out? There's a legit chance that minus deadspin, nobody would have ever known. wtf.
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Still, if he was scammed, you'd think he'd have been able to find out sooner. One of my friends just pointed out-- if he was so handy with twitter and other social media when it came to keeping in touch with her, why didn't they ever have a Skype video chat?
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When Manti was at his grandma's funeral, I assume there was media there getting film and pics and doing feel good pieces right? (I haven't watched news/espn in over a year outside of actual games, until today I hadn't heard of this grandma,gf death story)

It really didn't occur to anyone "hey, let's go get us some b roll of this other funeral that would make for a sweet story"

or was his attendance of the funeral not a thing? I'm just going by the t-rob grandmother funeral last year, that footage was all over ESPN they couldnt get enough of it

This whole thing is so ****ed up
ESPN, the Chicago media, NBC, SI, and Deadspin all tried to find people who knew the girl. Deadspin was the only one who said, "well then, let's not find her by name, but by face since we have a picture." And voila!
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:57 PM   #405
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I did some digging and found a picture of the people behind this hoax:

Spoiler:
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:57 PM   #406
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lolling @ the concept of "having to prove" anything

he lied

lols were had

everyone wins

I'm still yet to find a loser in this story. It's hilarious for everyone. Everyone truly wins.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:57 PM   #407
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:57 PM   #408
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How'd he find out she died? A facebook post? Obviously she didn't call to tell him. Did her "mom" call him? Or did she fake the death over the phone.
@AdamHimmelsbach: ND's Grant Patton said Te'o received call about GF's death in locker room on Wednesday before Mich. St. game: "He was in pain. He was hurt."

@AdamHimmelsbach: I spoke to ND's Grant Patton, who witnessed Manti Te'o receiving call about GF's death: "He was distraught. It was pain personified."
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:57 PM   #409
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Keep the popcorn handy:

@sganim: RT @CFTalk: Notre Dame announces an 8 p.m. ET press conference tonight with athletic director Jack Swarbrick.”
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:58 PM   #410
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LOL @ Teo in the Rome interview, I can't describe her

So if he was not part of the hoax he talked on the phone with a girl (her) NIGHTLY! and her brother when he told him of her death. Wouldn't it be pretty easy to figure out who was pulling his leg? Not buying what you're selling Manti.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:58 PM   #411
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@sganim: RT @CFTalk: Notre Dame announces an 8 p.m. ET press conference tonight with athletic director Jack Swarbrick.”
hope this gets broadcasted somewhere
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:59 PM   #412
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:59 PM   #413
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:59 PM   #414
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hope this gets broadcasted somewhere
NBC, with Tom Hammond asking the questions. I'd avoid at all costs.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:00 PM   #415
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http://blogs.courier-journal.com/ada...friends-death/

“You could see that he was hurting,” Patton said. “The whole locker room just went silent. At that moment I was just praying for him.”

Patton said that Te’o broke down and ran out of the locker room, and several other defensive players followed.
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hope this gets broadcasted somewhere
look no further, says ESPN
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:00 PM   #418
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"Notre Dame say they knew on December 26. Manti Te'o acted in January like she was still real. Yep. Te'o knew nothing. No question there. "

@NOLA_tom_lupo maybe "girlfriend" is some Hawaiian slang for "Notre Dames run defense". Because that **** was a hoax.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:00 PM   #419
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Is it even possible to recover from this? No way he will be viewed as a leader for his team in the NFL.

He is a joke for the rest of his life.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:01 PM   #420
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:03 PM   #423
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RT @HeismanPundit: Jim Rome asked Te'o about his GF: "What was she like?" Te'o: "I can't describe her."

loooooooooool
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:04 PM   #424
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Is it even possible to recover from this? No way he will be viewed as a leader for his team in the NFL.

He is a joke for the rest of his life.
This story has a unique, gossipy side that makes it very likely to stick for a while.

It will take nothing short of private lessons from Bill Clinton for him to ever be taken seriously again.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:04 PM   #425
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And here I thought I was safe removing "LOL IRISH" as my location. Too soon, Dom, too soon.
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