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As more and more information comes out you can either believe one of two things.
Either Te’o came up with this on his own to cover up a bigger story or he found out he was being duped and continue to lie to the media.
A student on the Notre Dame campus wrote an op-ed piece on the situation and believes it is the latter.
We all saw this coming. Well, not ALL of this — but enough to make too many of us shudder. Notre Dame is not like most schools with big-time athletic programs — our student body population pales in comparison to other large schools. And what does that mean? Well, word spreads fast on Notre Dame’s campus, and many students knew a long time ago that there was something very fishy (or should I say, cat-fishy) about Manti Te’o’s relationship with ‘Lennay Kekua’.
Yet, even before the Michigan State game, Manti Te’o was being questioned by his teammates. Apparently Manti had only “seen” Lennay once — but I assume “seen” was a rather loose term used for “chatted with online” (however, this is extremely complicated to understand since they were reportedly talking since 2009, according to the Te’o family). The debate among teammates wasn’t whether or not Manti actually knew this girl — it was clear that they had been in contact; no, players just didn’t think that it was fair to call Lennay Kekua Manti’s girlfriend, period (it is well-known on campus that he has had relations with other girls during his time at Notre Dame). They recognized what was going on for what it was — a terrible publicity stunt used to fuel Manti Te’o’s Heisman campaign. In fact, many of the players privately commented that they didn’t want the students to wear leis in support of Manti and wouldn’t participate themselves — they cited that the team never responded so publicly to tragic events for other players. But there was also the feeling that Manti didn’t deserve to benefit from public publicity from the death of somebody he barely knew.
Manti knew that it was over-the-top — his teammates had gotten that sense a long time prior. And now he was in too deep. More and more questions were asked about this fascinating story, and he kept answering them, calling Kekua “the love of his life”, even though he was digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself. And it didn’t help that his family, and specifically his father, Brian Te’o, was also talking about the incident, or lying as it appears.
While I believe Manti Te’o to have an incredibly good heart and to have gotten duped, I will also be quick to point out that he oversold all of this drama in the first place. It was heinous of him to play up a relationship as the love of his life for a girl he had never actually met — I think most people can agree that is ridiculous. And I think Notre Dame had to have some knowledge of the the whole case being significantly embellished but was on board because of the positive press and hype it brought to the university. Could it have been a massive oversight and university officials just took Manti at his word that it was his girlfriend? Absolutely, but I like to think my school’s athletic department is a little smarter than that — it has shown itself to be quite media savvy in the past. I think that Te’o, his family, and Notre Dame all knew what was going on in terms of hyperbole (but not the entire non-existence) and decided to go with it, never expecting the truth to come out.
For people with common sense, this seems to be the most plausible story. It isn’t necessary the one I believe, but it is the one that makes the most sense.
Te’o is scheduled to sit down and talk to ESPN today, hopefully he tells the truth, because he has already been caught up in a web of lies.
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An investigative report from Deadspin revealed that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's girlfriend was really a hoax.
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This is a must read from SI.com of an unedited interview with Te’o that just raises a ton of more questions, but the most telling is Te’o confirming he met his fake girlfriend in person.
Notre Dame says their relationship was just online.
SI: How did you meet her?
TE’O: We met just, ummmm, just she knew my cousin. And kind of saw me there so. Just kind of regular.
SI: How long...
As Manti Te’o, Notre Dame, and Catfish gain momentum in the national media, we are all left with more questions than answers.
If you have been hibernating for the past 24 hours, had your iPhone on that new “Do Not Disturb” setting, or simply don’t care enough about sports to view ESPN 24/7, then you can find out about the incident here, here, and here.
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Potentially forever destroying the legacy of the most decorated defensive player in college football history, Deadspin.com reported earlier today that the girlfriend of University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o never existed. Days before the 6-foot-2, 255 pound … Continue reading →
We've seen our share of silly minor league promotions, but this one might take the cake. The independent Florence Freedom will be having a "Manti Te'o Girlfriend Bobblehead Day" during a game in late-May, making light of the ridiculous scandal in recent days involving Notre Dame's star linebacker.
With the promotion, the first 1,000 fans entering the stadium...
The latest edition of the "Notre Dame Recruiting Blog" has updates on a number of 2013 recruits planning visits to campus, and fallout from Oregon's coaching situation.
Notre Dame says a story about Manti Te'o's girlfriend dying, which he said inspired him to play better as he helped the Fighting Irish get to the BCS title game, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker.
The university issued a news release Wednesday after Deadspin.com reported it could find no record of Lennay Kekua existing.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Not once but twice after he supposedly discovered his online girlfriend of three years never even existed, Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te’o perpetuated the heartbreaking story about her death.
An Associated Press review of news coverage found that the Heisman Trophy runner-up talked about his doomed love in a Web interview on Dec. 8 and again in...
Just amazing work by Deadspin to break this story with the shocking details about Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’0‘s girlfriend, the one who supposedly died from leukemia, actually never existed.
When the story started to break yesterday, Te’o released this statement:
This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional...
The rumor-mill known as Deadspin dropped a bombshell of a story when they reported that Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and the inspiring tale of him playing through the death of his cancer-riddled girlfriend was actually a hoax.
Not only was the story a hoax, they claim the so-called girlfriend never existed at all.
This comes just a couple of weeks after Alabama’s thrashing of Notre...
A University of Notre Dame graduate who launched a campaign to
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Manti Te'o's girlfriend says he is ''shell-shocked'' to learn the
woman didn't exist.
Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick says the school has encouraged Manti Te'o to speak publicly soon about being the victim of a hoax involving a dead girlfriend who never existed.