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2013-01-16 04:49:37 PM
Wow. What a weird story.
 
2013-01-16 04:55:33 PM
Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend is the name of my fantasy football team next year.
 
2013-01-16 04:56:19 PM
She lives in Canada

/really
 
2013-01-16 04:58:55 PM
The honor and integrity of Notre Dame...
 
2013-01-16 05:06:08 PM
I admit I haven't followed this guy's career much, but the first reaction of the conspiracy theorist in me after reading this article was "he's gay and the girlfriend ruse was a cover-up."

It fits pretty well, actually. Religious player and school, needs to keep up hetero appearances, a vague girlfriend no one's ever seen that he can point to as the reason he doesn't date during college, her death as the reason he stays single...it's all there.
 
2013-01-16 05:07:54 PM

sigdiamond2000: I admit I haven't followed this guy's career much, but the first reaction of the conspiracy theorist in me after reading this article was "he's gay and the girlfriend ruse was a cover-up."

It fits pretty well, actually. Religious player and school, needs to keep up hetero appearances, a vague girlfriend no one's ever seen that he can point to as the reason he doesn't date during college, her death as the reason he stays single...it's all there.


One thing that doesn't fit is the assertion that the fake twitter account had had "relationships" with other dude's previously - unless Te'o is the one running the account...head asplode.
 
2013-01-16 05:08:19 PM
FFS we have some lazy journalists.  This story fooled everyone except Deadspin?

What's next?  CNN going to get rid of their actual investigative journalist team?  Oh, wait...
 
2013-01-16 05:09:01 PM
Where's Lizzy Seeberg?
 
2013-01-16 05:10:29 PM

sigdiamond2000: I admit I haven't followed this guy's career much, but the first reaction of the conspiracy theorist in me after reading this article was "he's gay and the girlfriend ruse was a cover-up."

It fits pretty well, actually. Religious player and school, needs to keep up hetero appearances, a vague girlfriend no one's ever seen that he can point to as the reason he doesn't date during college, her death as the reason he stays single...it's all there.


Sounds like that episode of "Party Down".

My other thought is.... I can't wait to see how ESPN twists this into somehow being something they "cracked" and figure out how to not attribute any of the story to a "dirty" blog like "Deadspin"
 
2013-01-16 05:11:24 PM

seumasokelly: sigdiamond2000: I admit I haven't followed this guy's career much, but the first reaction of the conspiracy theorist in me after reading this article was "he's gay and the girlfriend ruse was a cover-up."

It fits pretty well, actually. Religious player and school, needs to keep up hetero appearances, a vague girlfriend no one's ever seen that he can point to as the reason he doesn't date during college, her death as the reason he stays single...it's all there.

One thing that doesn't fit is the assertion that the fake twitter account had had "relationships" with other dude's previously - unless Te'o is the one running the account...head asplode.



It sounds to me like he knows the guy who created the account, unless I'm reading it wrong.
 
2013-01-16 05:16:10 PM
The amount of time and energy dedicated to discovering that a guy had a fake girlfriend is staggering.
 
2013-01-16 05:16:32 PM

sigdiamond2000: seumasokelly: sigdiamond2000: I admit I haven't followed this guy's career much, but the first reaction of the conspiracy theorist in me after reading this article was "he's gay and the girlfriend ruse was a cover-up."

It fits pretty well, actually. Religious player and school, needs to keep up hetero appearances, a vague girlfriend no one's ever seen that he can point to as the reason he doesn't date during college, her death as the reason he stays single...it's all there.

One thing that doesn't fit is the assertion that the fake twitter account had had "relationships" with other dude's previously - unless Te'o is the one running the account...head asplode.


It sounds to me like he knows the guy who created the account, unless I'm reading it wrong.


Yeah, it's a friend of his, it looks like. Might be a ruse to raise his public image, or maybe the one dude was bamboozling Te'o...or maybe the two of them are...*ahem*
 
2013-01-16 05:16:35 PM
Same thing happened to my girlfriend.  She was a model in Canada, and those phone bills got to be crazy expensive.  I was kind of happy when she died from toe cancer.
 
2013-01-16 05:19:36 PM

mitchcumstein1: The amount of time and energy dedicated to discovering that a guy had a fake girlfriend is staggering.


When it was a major theme of raising the guy's public profile to Rudy-like proportions and he's a potential top 10 pick in the NFL draft, it doesn;t surprise me at all that someone went to the trouble.
 
2013-01-16 05:24:13 PM

mitchcumstein1: The amount of time and energy dedicated to discovering that a guy had a fake girlfriend is staggering.


It's a slightly bigger story than that, dude.
 
2013-01-16 05:25:33 PM

seumasokelly: mitchcumstein1: The amount of time and energy dedicated to discovering that a guy had a fake girlfriend is staggering.

When it was a major theme of raising the guy's public profile to Rudy-like proportions and he's a potential top 10 pick in the NFL draft, it doesn;t surprise me at all that someone went to the trouble.


I think I'd have done more.  Something like "He worked in a Nike sweatshop in Bangladesh early in life until he missed a day when his brother was murdered.  After that, jobless and alone, he wound up being abducted and forced to work in the sex industry disposing of the victims of snuff films when what he really wanted to do was direct."
 
2013-01-16 05:26:07 PM

mitchcumstein1: The amount of time and energy dedicated to discovering that a guy had a fake girlfriend is staggering.


Which is also true for the time and energy expended on making up the girlfriend in the first place.
 
2013-01-16 05:28:35 PM

exick: mitchcumstein1: The amount of time and energy dedicated to discovering that a guy had a fake girlfriend is staggering.

Which is also true for the time and energy expended on making up the girlfriend in the first place.


That's the thing - Like being a top 10 draft prospect and possibly the best MLB to ever play for the most storied program in the country wasn't enough. No, he needs to be a phoenix rising from the ashes of total devestation to thwart Michigan too.
 
2013-01-16 05:29:04 PM

sigdiamond2000: mitchcumstein1: The amount of time and energy dedicated to discovering that a guy had a fake girlfriend is staggering.

It's a slightly bigger story than that, dude.


It is? How so?

seumasokelly: When it was a major theme of raising the guy's public profile to Rudy-like proportions and he's a potential top 10 pick in the NFL draft, it doesn;t surprise me at all that someone went to the trouble.


Valid, although after the BCS Championship I don't see him going top 10 anymore, he was slightly exposed.

exick: Which is also true for the time and energy expended on making up the girlfriend in the first place.


Yeah, I guess.
 
2013-01-16 05:31:21 PM

mitchcumstein1: The amount of time and energy dedicated to discovering that a guy had a fake girlfriend is staggering.


The amount of time and energy dedicated to covering a guy with a fake girlfriend story is staggering.

New York Times, ESPN, CBS and basically all of them.  Wonder who spent more... Deadspin or any single one of those networks.
 
2013-01-16 05:33:38 PM
You really need it explained to you why this is a big story?

Let's see... National Championship game, EVERY farking news organization that covered this story was fooled.  (except Deadspin)  The entire American public as well as those worldwide who read or saw this story.... and the other reasons already mentioned in this thread.

Yes, it's big.  RUDY RUDY RUDY
 
2013-01-16 05:34:02 PM

mitchcumstein1: sigdiamond2000: mitchcumstein1: The amount of time and energy dedicated to discovering that a guy had a fake girlfriend is staggering.

It's a slightly bigger story than that, dude.

It is? How so?


Yeah, you're right. I'm sure this story will be out of the news cycle by morning. We've probably heard the last of it.
 
2013-01-16 05:34:23 PM

BunkyBrewman: The amount of time and energy dedicated to covering a guy with a fake girlfriend story is staggering.


Well, to be fair, they did cover him before this story came out. He was on various All American teams, and was the #1 recruit coming out of high school. It's not like he was a nobody who was catapulted to fame because of this story.
 
2013-01-16 05:34:39 PM

seumasokelly: mitchcumstein1: The amount of time and energy dedicated to discovering that a guy had a fake girlfriend is staggering.

When it was a major theme of raising the guy's public profile to Rudy-like proportions and he's a potential top 10 pick in the NFL draft, it doesn;t surprise me at all that someone went to the trouble.


He used this story to ride a wave of sympathy all the way to becoming the NCAA record holder for most-decorated defensive player.  Since the NCAA loves to blow smoke up everybody's asses about how the awards are based on "honor" and "integrity," all of those awards are now called into question.
 
2013-01-16 05:36:49 PM

sigdiamond2000: Yeah, you're right. I'm sure this story will be out of the news cycle by morning. We've probably heard the last of it.


Oh, I'm sure it's not, but that doesn't make it any more of worthwhile story, does it? You make it seem much more sinister than it is.
 
2013-01-16 05:37:38 PM
This is the official statement from Notre Dame from their official facebook page:
Notre Dame Statement: Manti Te'o

On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te'o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.

Dennis Brown
University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President
 
2013-01-16 05:37:58 PM

mitchcumstein1: sigdiamond2000: Yeah, you're right. I'm sure this story will be out of the news cycle by morning. We've probably heard the last of it.

Oh, I'm sure it's not, but that doesn't make it any more of worthwhile story, does it? You make it seem much more sinister than it is.


I wouldn't say it's sinister, but I would classify it as craven, misguided, manipulative, etc.
 
2013-01-16 05:39:24 PM

dukeblue219: This is the official statement from Notre Dame from their official facebook page:
Notre Dame Statement: Manti Te'o

On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te'o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.

Dennis Brown
University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President


Smells like bulllllllllllshiat.
 
2013-01-16 05:39:45 PM

seumasokelly: mitchcumstein1: sigdiamond2000: Yeah, you're right. I'm sure this story will be out of the news cycle by morning. We've probably heard the last of it.

Oh, I'm sure it's not, but that doesn't make it any more of worthwhile story, does it? You make it seem much more sinister than it is.

I wouldn't say it's sinister, but I would classify it as craven, misguided, manipulative, etc.


Eh, I guess. I don't know, I was never that emotionally invested in the story anyway. I thought the kid was a good linebacker, but could give a damn about his personal life.
 
2013-01-16 05:40:32 PM

dukeblue219: This is the official statement from Notre Dame from their official facebook page:
Notre Dame Statement: Manti Te'o

On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te'o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.

Dennis Brown
University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President


The text only stands an inch or two tall on my screen, but even still I'm surprised that they could stack bullshiat that high.
 
2013-01-16 05:41:04 PM
What an unmitigated asshole.
 
2013-01-16 05:41:53 PM

mitchcumstein1: seumasokelly: mitchcumstein1: sigdiamond2000: Yeah, you're right. I'm sure this story will be out of the news cycle by morning. We've probably heard the last of it.

Oh, I'm sure it's not, but that doesn't make it any more of worthwhile story, does it? You make it seem much more sinister than it is.

I wouldn't say it's sinister, but I would classify it as craven, misguided, manipulative, etc.

Eh, I guess. I don't know, I was never that emotionally invested in the story anyway. I thought the kid was a good linebacker, but could give a damn about his personal life.


Me too, but a lot of people bought into it and idolized the guy over it. Just like Favre going out and winning on a national stage the day after his father passed away, etc.

You could make the argument that it was the final straw that won him his awards too.
 
2013-01-16 05:42:05 PM

mitchcumstein1: seumasokelly: mitchcumstein1: sigdiamond2000: Yeah, you're right. I'm sure this story will be out of the news cycle by morning. We've probably heard the last of it.

Oh, I'm sure it's not, but that doesn't make it any more of worthwhile story, does it? You make it seem much more sinister than it is.

I wouldn't say it's sinister, but I would classify it as craven, misguided, manipulative, etc.

Eh, I guess. I don't know, I was never that emotionally invested in the story anyway. I thought the kid was a good linebacker, but could give a damn about his personal life.


I won't say you were in the minority in not caring about him, but enough people were worshiping the ground this guy walked on to make this a significant story among the college football community.
 
2013-01-16 05:43:47 PM

dukeblue219: This is the official statement from Notre Dame from their official facebook page:
Notre Dame Statement: Manti Te'o

On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te'o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.

Dennis Brown
University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President


The fact that Te'o went along with the BS stories of him meeting her after a game and then starting a long distance romance flies directly in the face of this release.
 
2013-01-16 05:45:16 PM

seumasokelly: dukeblue219: This is the official statement from Notre Dame from their official facebook page:
Notre Dame Statement: Manti Te'o

On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te'o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.

Dennis Brown
University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President

The fact that Te'o went along with the BS stories of him meeting her after a game and then starting a long distance romance flies directly in the face of this release.


Yep, so either ND was in on it the whole time, or they're going to be eating serious crow in the near future when they figure out just how badly Manti farked them over.
 
2013-01-16 05:48:16 PM

Huck Chaser: seumasokelly: dukeblue219: This is the official statement from Notre Dame from their official facebook page:
Notre Dame Statement: Manti Te'o

On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te'o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.

Dennis Brown
University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President

The fact that Te'o went along with the BS stories of him meeting her after a game and then starting a long distance romance flies directly in the face of this release.

Yep, so either ND was in on it the whole time, or they're going to be eating serious crow in the near future when they figure out just how badly Manti farked them over.


And right when everyone was starting to forget about how they killed a student at football practice...
 
2013-01-16 05:54:03 PM

mitchcumstein1: BunkyBrewman: The amount of time and energy dedicated to covering a guy with a fake girlfriend story is staggering.

Well, to be fair, they did cover him before this story came out. He was on various All American teams, and was the #1 recruit coming out of high school. It's not like he was a nobody who was catapulted to fame because of this story.


Its more than that.  The millions of people who were sucked into this story.  Those who laughed, who cried, who bought the whole thing.  Right now, they're pissed that they've been lied to... again.  I would bet that too many of these people backed Lance Armstrong too for years.  Seemingly, there are less and less heroes to hold out there when they need them.

OK, I'm being overly dramatic, but the reaction from the public is going to make this story big.  But we'll forget about it as soon as we see the Oprah Winfrey interview of Lance Armstrong.
 
2013-01-16 05:56:03 PM

seumasokelly: dukeblue219: This is the official statement from Notre Dame from their official facebook page:
Notre Dame Statement: Manti Te'o

On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te'o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.

Dennis Brown
University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President

The fact that Te'o went along with the BS stories of him meeting her after a game and then starting a long distance romance flies directly in the face of this release.


Not only that, apparently she would fly out to Hawaii at the exact time he was in Hawaii so they could hang out

FTA: Te'o and Kekua are friends. "She was gifted in music, multi-lingual, had dreams grounded in reality and the talent to catch up to them" (South Bend Tribune). "They started out as just friends," Te'o's father, Brian, told the Tribune in October 2012. "Every once in a while, she would travel to Hawaii, and that happened to be the time Manti was home, so he would meet with her there."
 
2013-01-16 06:01:58 PM

JerseyTim: Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend is the name of my fantasy football team next year.


+1
 
2013-01-16 06:02:08 PM
I'd be a whole lot more willing to believe this if it didn't come from Gawker et. al.
 
2013-01-16 06:04:27 PM

sigdiamond2000: Wow. What a weird story.


This ↑
 
2013-01-16 06:06:58 PM

GAT_00: I'd be a whole lot more willing to believe this if it didn't come from Gawker et. al.


I'd be more willing to believe the original story if anyone with the girls name had ever been a student at Stanford or if there had ever been a car accident or if her photos weren't lifted from someone else, etc, etc, etc.
 
2013-01-16 06:15:47 PM
Of course Te'o was asked about his dead girlfriend after the date Notre Dame claims they were told about the hoax by Te'o.

Link
 
2013-01-16 06:25:11 PM

scottydoesntknow: FTA: Te'o and Kekua are friends. "She was gifted in music, multi-lingual, had dreams grounded in reality and the talent to catch up to them" (South Bend Tribune). "They started out as just friends," Te'o's father, Brian, told the Tribune in October 2012. "Every once in a while, she would travel to Hawaii, and that happened to be the time Manti was home, so he would meet with her there."


Admittedly that's the father saying it, so it's possible Manti just told him that to make it seem less weird to a parent. I am searching for references to Manti himself saying he met her, which would directly contradict his latest statement to espn that it was online- and phone-only.
 
2013-01-16 06:25:42 PM
Well at least there won't be any leaking of cock shots from his fake girlfriend's phone.
 
2013-01-16 06:27:27 PM

WTF Indeed: Well at least there won't be any leaking of cock shots from his fake girlfriend's phone.


Why not? If he believed she was real and they were in love and having a long distance relationship.....
 
2013-01-16 06:27:32 PM
SHE'S STILL REAL TO ME, DAMMIT

i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-16 06:27:38 PM
At first you could say he was dupped, if you are nuts.  But then you could have said he and this family friend created this for Heisman sympathy, but she passed in Sept, and this started allegedly in 08.

IMO - He was in on it, of course.  Also, I think Te'o and this other guy were having a bromance, and created this whole girlfriend as a cover for their relationship.  Then this season he was getting Heisman run, they knew they had to end the story, and his grandmother's passing was a good time.

Remember, this is all IMO, and please hand me my tin foil hat.
 
2013-01-16 06:28:11 PM
Te'o's response, per ESPN

"This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her.

"To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.

"It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother's death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life.

"I am enormously grateful for the support of my family, friends and Notre Dame fans throughout this year. To think that I shared with them my happiness about my relationship and details that I thought to be true about her just makes me sick. I hope that people can understand how trying and confusing this whole experience has been.

"In retrospect, I obviously should have been much more cautious. If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was.

"Fortunately, I have many wonderful things in my life, and I'm looking forward to putting this painful experience behind me as I focus on preparing for the NFL Draft."
 
2013-01-16 06:28:36 PM

dukeblue219: scottydoesntknow: FTA: Te'o and Kekua are friends. "She was gifted in music, multi-lingual, had dreams grounded in reality and the talent to catch up to them" (South Bend Tribune). "They started out as just friends," Te'o's father, Brian, told the Tribune in October 2012. "Every once in a while, she would travel to Hawaii, and that happened to be the time Manti was home, so he would meet with her there."

Admittedly that's the father saying it, so it's possible Manti just told him that to make it seem less weird to a parent. I am searching for references to Manti himself saying he met her, which would directly contradict his latest statement to espn that it was online- and phone-only.


I do believe he told a story of how they met after the ND/Stanford game in '08.   He's at least told one news source that story.
 
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