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Old 01-19-2013, 12:42 AM   #2351
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Someone needs to get Tuiasosopo and those two twitter friends STAT. Would love for them to say, "yeah, it happened, but man, T'eo was totally bull****ting you guys with a lot of what he said - talk about the king of exaggeration".
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:44 AM   #2352
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Having representation present is such a no brainer for so many really obvious reasons. I'm shocked that people are even questioning that.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:45 AM   #2353
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The lawyer is probably from the talent agency. They are helping protect his image and draft stock, not just legal liabilities.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:46 AM   #2354
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GODAMMIT WHERE ARE TUIASOSOPO AND THOSE TWO CLOWNS WHO WERE JOKING ABOUT WRITING MORE FAKE LOVE LETTERS TO SAINT MANTI
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:46 AM   #2355
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Having representation present is such a no brainer for so many really obvious reasons. I'm shocked that people are even questioning that.
Can you explain said really obvious reasons? I'm a slow pony. :-(
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:50 AM   #2356
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GODAMMIT WHERE ARE TUIASOSOPO AND THOSE TWO CLOWNS WHO WERE JOKING ABOUT WRITING MORE FAKE LOVE LETTERS TO SAINT MANTI
Seriously, we have god knows how many paparazzi tracking Lindsay Lohan's every move years after she was last relevant, and we can't find a single person willing to track them down?
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:52 AM   #2357
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GODAMMIT WHERE ARE TUIASOSOPO AND THOSE TWO CLOWNS WHO WERE JOKING ABOUT WRITING MORE FAKE LOVE LETTERS TO SAINT MANTI
Both of those "clowns" were interviewed on camera on SportsCenter earlier this evening...

They both said they were not involved and regret tweeting as if they were. In retrospect, their explanation makes sense. They just knew and were making fun of the situation.

They say their cousin was catfished by Tui over 4 years ago w/ the exact same photos, girl name, etc.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:53 AM   #2358
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GODAMMIT WHERE ARE TUIASOSOPO AND THOSE TWO CLOWNS WHO WERE JOKING ABOUT WRITING MORE FAKE LOVE LETTERS TO SAINT MANTI
I've been harping on this for a while. No one gives a **** about T'e"os bull**** statement from himself, there are much more interesting interview subjects.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:54 AM   #2359
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Both of those "clowns" were interviewed on camera on SportsCenter earlier this evening...
They interviewed the guy behind this? Is it online?
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:56 AM   #2360
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Having representation present is such a no brainer for so many really obvious reasons. I'm shocked that people are even questioning that.
They are probably the same people who were aghast that Notre Dame general counsel ordered the employees not to discuss the matter with reporters.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:58 AM   #2361
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Can you explain said really obvious reasons? I'm a slow pony. :-(
Because while he does need to protect himself from any possible liability, attorneys, especially from a talent agency, do more than just protect you from legal liability. He was there to help him protect his image, make sure he kept his story straight, make sure he didn't answer any questions he shouldn't reply to, etc.

I'm sure Lance had counsel present off camera too. Everyone does for interviews like this. It's just standard and smart. Why wouldn't you?

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They interviewed the guy behind this? Is it online?
No they interviewed the 2 donks that were tweeting in mid-December about it.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:58 AM   #2362
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The lawyer is probably from the talent agency. They are helping protect his image and draft stock, not just legal liabilities.
i totally get this, but with something this weird, doesn't having a lawyer there make it look really suspicious to everyone? i guess it's not worth the risk of whatever he could do at this point to leave a lawyer out.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:59 AM   #2363
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Here's the link to the Shelley Smith interview with the Twitter donks:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8857268
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:00 AM   #2364
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i totally get this, but with something this weird, doesn't having a lawyer there make it look really suspicious to everyone? i guess it's not worth the risk of whatever he could do at this point to leave a lawyer out.
I would have been SHOCKED to hear he did this interview alone. I don't think anyone who is familiar with these types of deals is going to think anything of it. Roger Clemens always had what's-his-name (Rusty?) standing a few feet off camera for any interviews he did.

Like you said, the risk isn't worth it anyways.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:01 AM   #2365
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also, i'm really starting to think that the theory with him sending ncaa-violating booster money to this chick is a real possibility.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:02 AM   #2366
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I really can't imagine anything interesting coming from a PR dictated T'"e'O interview. SOMEONE FIND THIS SOSOPO ****ER
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:03 AM   #2367
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I really can't imagine anything interesting coming from a PR dictated T'"e'O interview. SOMEONE FIND THIS SOSOPO ****ER
We can at least nail his story down in stone (assuming he was thorough enough) and start fact-checking it with what he's said in the past. His written statement was too ambiguous to do that.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:04 AM   #2368
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Both of those "clowns" were interviewed on camera on SportsCenter earlier this evening...

They both said they were not involved and regret tweeting as if they were. In retrospect, their explanation makes sense. They just knew and were making fun of the situation.

They say their cousin was catfished by Tui over 4 years ago w/ the exact same photos, girl name, etc.
lol i didn't know that was them. good to know.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:05 AM   #2369
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lol i didn't know that was them. good to know.
im like 95% sure it was them, esp since they talked about the tweets during the interview. the names and photos were also familiar w/ regards to the twitter accounts. i didnt double check, though.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:05 AM   #2370
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We can at least nail his story down in stone (assuming he was thorough enough) and start fact-checking it with what he's said in the past. His written statement was too ambiguous to do that.
You sound like a lawyer. Regardless I see nothing of value coming from this interview.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:06 AM   #2371
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it definitely makes sense. i just caught the back half of the interview earlier.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:06 AM   #2372
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I feel like writing CAA a strongly worded letter about depriving us of prime entertainment. I mean could you imagine Swarbrick and Te'o fielding questions together over a Panera iced tea?

add: Jeff Van Gundy comparing it to the Tonya Harding incident in-game on espn just now
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:07 AM   #2373
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Tuiosospo had better practice to not drop his sopopo.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:12 AM   #2374
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:13 AM   #2375
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I would have been SHOCKED to hear he did this interview alone. I don't think anyone who is familiar with these types of deals is going to think anything of it. Roger Clemens always had what's-his-name (Rusty?) standing a few feet off camera for any interviews he did.

Like you said, the risk isn't worth it anyways.
For optics I think a regular adviser is better than a lawyer. People see lawyer and think you have something to hide. By all means, a lawyer should likely be part of the prep team for the interview, but I wouldn't have him present at the interview.

For Clemens and Armstrong it made sense to have a lawyer present since they were facing legal liability.
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