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(CBS New York)   Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Mauia says he met Manti Te'o's fake dead girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, in person in 2011 - before she started allegedly dating Te'o - and that Mauia and Kekua became friends and Mauia was close to Kekua's family   (newyork.cbslocal.com) divider line 500
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2013-01-17 08:51:00 AM
This is gonna be a hilarious 30 For 30 some day.
 
2013-01-17 08:54:57 AM
Did they eat kukui nuts and drink kona coffee? Celebrate a melekilikimaka?
 
2013-01-17 08:55:59 AM
Yeah, but she's from Canada. You wouldn't know her.
 
2013-01-17 08:56:23 AM
What kind of a name is Reagan?
 
2013-01-17 08:57:27 AM

DamnYankees: This is gonna be a hilarious 30 For 30 some day.


I wonder if there will be a part about how ESPN spiked the story so as not to upset their hero-worshiping viewers.
 
2013-01-17 08:58:26 AM

God-is-a-Taco: What kind of a name is Reagan?


A sainted one, at least on the Politics tab.
 
2013-01-17 08:58:34 AM

Cybernetic: Yeah, but she's from Canada. You wouldn't know her.


Damn it! Beat me by 2 minutes...
 
2013-01-17 08:58:44 AM
Tim Tebow talks to his imaginary father all the time and no one says a word but Manti Te'o has one imaginary dead girlfriend and everyone flips their shiat.
 
2013-01-17 08:58:49 AM
Pa pa ooo mau mau pa pa ooo...
 
GBB
2013-01-17 08:58:56 AM
Where's the Language Selection drop-down for Fark? I can't find it.
 
2013-01-17 08:59:39 AM
Poi is thicker than water.
 
2013-01-17 09:00:08 AM
I think this is sweet and inevitable. It only took 20, 25 years of internet usage within the general population before the media publically shammed a celebrity for being scammed by a fake boyfriend/fake girlfriend. Of course, money is involved.

Dude's a dupe, a victim.

So what should the legal punishment be for faking an online persona in order to fake a relationship with a dupe? or faking an online persona in order to get cash and gifts? or faking an online persona in order to scam charity money from others?
 
2013-01-17 09:00:09 AM

DamnYankees: This is gonna be a hilarious 30 For 30 some day.


What if I told you that "Weekend At Rudy's" was based on a true story?
 
2013-01-17 09:00:40 AM
i.imgur.com

Already tired of this story.
 
2013-01-17 09:01:14 AM
Can he just come out and tell us he's gay? We are far more accepting of that than someone having a creepy fake dead girlfriend. It's ok to be gay, Manti. We won't love you any less. You dont have to double down
 
2013-01-17 09:03:41 AM
I like to think of this whole Manti Te'o story as Sleepless in Seattle meets Fight Club.
 
2013-01-17 09:04:45 AM

LDM90: Pa pa ooo mau mau pa pa ooo...


Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

I must fight this...  must...  fight...  it...
 
2013-01-17 09:04:52 AM
So was it a lie, or am I watching Catfish?
 
2013-01-17 09:04:54 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: I think this is sweet and inevitable. It only took 20, 25 years of internet usage within the general population before the media publically shammed a celebrity for being scammed by a fake boyfriend/fake girlfriend. Of course, money is involved.

Dude's a dupe, a victim.And he isn't very good at defense either based on what 'Bama did to him.

/FTFY

 
2013-01-17 09:04:58 AM

Swoop1809: Can he just come out and tell us he's gay? We are far more accepting of that than someone having a creepy fake dead girlfriend. It's ok to be gay, Manti. We won't love you any less. You dont have to double down


Hell, I'd argue that he'd be better off admitting this. Cut the lies, the bullshiat, etc. Just come out already. Yeah, you'll have problems with some of the more ignorant fools on whatever team drafts you, but fark 'em. Be a trailblazer...and be HONEST most of all.
 
2013-01-17 09:05:27 AM

Swoop1809: Can he just come out and tell us he's gay? We are far more accepting of that than someone having a creepy fake dead girlfriend. It's ok to be gay, Manti. We won't love you any less. You dont have to double down


If he were gay, there are plenty of rent-a-beards out there. Why fall in love with a fake persona, and establish a long distance relationship with them? Why not fall for any of the fake (and real) gay personas out there instead?

Dude established a new millenium relationship online. Media only gives a fark because a charity and the heisman competition are involved. I still say he got duped, just like a lot of people.
 
2013-01-17 09:05:30 AM
If nothing else, these Manti Te'o threads will be good for playing "spot the Notre Dame alums."
 
2013-01-17 09:05:56 AM
Sounds like a job for Diamond Head. We could call it: Code Name: Diamond Head.
 
2013-01-17 09:06:40 AM

sigdiamond2000: If nothing else, these Manti Te'o threads will be good for playing "spot the Notre Dame alums."


About 1/5000th of Notre Dame fans have actually earned a credit from there.
 
2013-01-17 09:08:11 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu:

Dude's a dupe, a victim.


Only problem with this is that Manti, his father, and the university all claimed more than once and on separate occasions that Manti and his "girlfriend" had frequently met each other and spent time together in person. It's pretty clear that he was in on the whole sham on some level.

Check out the Deadspin article for more info: Link
 
2013-01-17 09:08:30 AM

JerseyTim: sigdiamond2000: If nothing else, these Manti Te'o threads will be good for playing "spot the Notre Dame alums."

About 1/5000th of Notre Dame fans have actually earned a credit from there.


Good point.
 
2013-01-17 09:09:07 AM

FraggleStickCar: ExperianScaresCthulhu:

Dude's a dupe, a victim.


Only problem with this is that Manti, his father, and the university all claimed more than once and on separate occasions that Manti and his "girlfriend" had frequently met each other and spent time together in person. It's pretty clear that he was in on the whole sham on some level.

Check out the Deadspin article for more info: Link


Also, the idea he's a dupe is just not plausible. We live in the age of Skype and Facetime. He never did a video chat with this person? Please.
 
2013-01-17 09:11:23 AM
Look, IF he was catfished for 4 years....IT WAS 4 FARKING YEARS.

If he is lying to cover up something, he'll be the butt of jokes for a long time.  If he legitimately was hoaxed...he'll be the butt of jokes for a long time.

He's either a conman or just epically stupid.
 
2013-01-17 09:11:39 AM
The girlfriend, much like ND's football prowess, is fake?
 
2013-01-17 09:13:02 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: Dude's a dupe, a victim.


Yeah, hes gonna be victiming right to the bank. This dude is gonna be able to demand millions for an interview at this point. This probably wont even hurt his draft chances. At the very least he ran with what might have started out as a hoax on him. At the point he went with it, he became implicit in it.
 
2013-01-17 09:13:03 AM

sigdiamond2000: If nothing else, these Manti Te'o threads will be good for playing "spot the Notre Dame alums."


Does ND have alums? I thought all ND fans were just mouth breathing assholes who happen to be Catholic, Irish or both.

/Irish Catholic herritage
 
2013-01-17 09:14:48 AM

TheDumbBlonde: The girlfriend, much like ND's football prowess, is fake?


and both ended as a joke this month
 
2013-01-17 09:15:06 AM

thecpt: So was it a lie, or am I watching Catfish?


Remember this biatch?

24.media.tumblr.com

Maybe not. Fark doesn't do Black Twitterverse stories (see also, the suicide of Freddie E two weeks ago after he was allegedly slipped some molly on his birthday). Anyway, the Jasmine and Mike story was fked up -- and completely normal, in this day and age. Mhissy is a sociopath.
 
2013-01-17 09:16:37 AM

Swoop1809: Can he just come out and tell us he's gay? We are far more accepting of that than someone having a creepy fake dead girlfriend. It's ok to be gay, Manti. We won't love you any less. You dont have to double down


He's going all in on this one.  Forget doubling down, Te'o is betting the entire stack.  (as well as his position in the draft order this year)
 
2013-01-17 09:18:30 AM

LucklessWonder: God-is-a-Taco: What kind of a name is Reagan?

A sainted one, at least on the Politics tab.


a sainted one for purveyors of redheaded pron.
 
2013-01-17 09:19:40 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: thecpt: So was it a lie, or am I watching Catfish?

Remember this biatch?

[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x500]

Maybe not. Fark doesn't do Black Twitterverse stories (see also, the suicide of Freddie E two weeks ago after he was allegedly slipped some molly on his birthday). Anyway, the Jasmine and Mike story was fked up -- and completely normal, in this day and age. Mhissy is a sociopath.


Oh was that one of the episodes? I heard there was a batshiat crazy one and haven't seen it. Roommate watches them so I have only seen around 3 in passing. Its fun to bet on what the Catfish actually looks like.
 
2013-01-17 09:20:50 AM
Over the years I have had to take off work to attend the funerals of seventeen grandmothers.

/They were real to me.
 
2013-01-17 09:21:16 AM
At least Johnny Manziel won the Heisman. Imagine the voting if this bullshiat wasn't always in the air.

Hell, since it's obvious he was compliant in this, he should be vacated from the list of eligible recipients.
 
2013-01-17 09:22:31 AM
Next stop for Te'o: Oprah.
 
2013-01-17 09:23:11 AM

TheDumbBlonde: Next stop for Te'o: Oprah.


This sure makes that Lance story coming out today pretty irrelevant.
 
2013-01-17 09:23:16 AM
Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Mauia said he met Lennay Kekua in person during an outreach trip with Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers and others in June 2011.

I am curious if Polamalu was with Mauia when Mauia met Kekua.
 
2013-01-17 09:25:07 AM
If this lasted a month, maybe 2 months, I could see him just being duped. But several years? No way in hell
 
2013-01-17 09:25:56 AM
FTFA : I am close to her family.

Yeah? There is a big pile of reporters who would pay that family for an interview. Assuming the family actually exists. There seems to be no evidence that they do.

FinFangFark: He's either a conman or just epically stupid.


It's not necessarily an either/or situation. I suspect it's both.
 
2013-01-17 09:26:00 AM

FinFangFark: TheDumbBlonde: Next stop for Te'o: Oprah.

This sure makes that Lance story coming out today pretty irrelevant.


That's why he didn't stay with Sheryl Crow
 
2013-01-17 09:27:25 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: I think this is sweet and inevitable. It only took 20, 25 years of internet usage within the general population before the media publically shammed a celebrity for being scammed by a fake boyfriend/fake girlfriend. Of course, money is involved.

Dude's a dupe, a victim.

So what should the legal punishment be for faking an online persona in order to fake a relationship with a dupe? or faking an online persona in order to get cash and gifts? or faking an online persona in order to scam charity money from others?


Your point operates on the premise that he was the most naive and stupid person on the planet. Four years and he never met her in person (Wait, he claimed that he did)? Skyped? "Duped" his father and former teammates into believing that she was real? If he knew her for four years, why didn't he go to her funeral, talk to her family, etc.?

I agree with the person in the last thread that cited Occam's Razor. He's gay, and this gave him a convenient excuse to ignore everything that was thrown his way (and garner sympathy votes in the process). The media seems to be trying their damnedest to turn Te'O into a victim of some nasty prankster (again, for FOUR FARKING YEARS), but I don't buy it.
 
2013-01-17 09:28:11 AM

Lost Thought 00: If this lasted a month, maybe 2 months, I could see him just being duped. But several years? No way in hell


Exactly.

Let's say Mauia is right, and there is some woman out there scamming these Samoan football players...or even the Tuiososopa kid is involved in it.  This went on for 4 years.  At some point, you have to wonder where the "relationship" was heading, right?  So either Te'o knew at some point it was a hoax, and ran with it, or he was just flat out dubbed for 4 years...which makes him the meme of all memes.

But I still stick with my initial thought, the gay guy creating an online beard for his family, and it gets out of control.
 
2013-01-17 09:28:25 AM

NaziKamikaze: At least Johnny Manziel won the Heisman. Imagine the voting if this bullshiat wasn't always in the air.

Hell, since it's obvious he was compliant in this, he should be vacated from the list of eligible recipients.


That is one reason why I think this was a marketing scheme setup by either ND, an agent or a booster to raise Teo's Heisman stock. Also if this was just Teo doing this himself without the school's knowledge, I don't think they would be sticking with him through all of this especially with this thing getting sillier and sillier by the minute. ND is part of this hoax and they are trying to keep it from coming out.
 
2013-01-17 09:28:29 AM

DamnYankees: Also, the idea he's a dupe is just not plausible. We live in the age of Skype and Facetime. He never did a video chat with this person? Please.


We know many football players aren't that bright, but I wonder what his grades were at Notre Dame.  For non-football players, the academics there are rigorous.  Like, can the kid get a 3.0 at Notre Dame, but not figure out his g/f isn't real?  That doesn't compute with me.
 
2013-01-17 09:32:08 AM

SlothB77: DamnYankees: Also, the idea he's a dupe is just not plausible. We live in the age of Skype and Facetime. He never did a video chat with this person? Please.

We know many football players aren't that bright, but I wonder what his grades were at Notre Dame.  For non-football players, the academics there are rigorous.  Like, can the kid get a 3.0 at Notre Dame, but not figure out his g/f isn't real?  That doesn't compute with me.


There are plenty of smart people that get taken like this. I'm not saying he is one of them, but it isn't that uncommon. Getting taken like this often has more to do with naivety than with smarts.
 
2013-01-17 09:32:41 AM
Also, for people saying that he was a naive victim, what do you think is going to happen from people competing with him for draft stock when he gets to the combine? What's going to happen when he steps onto an NFL field for the first time? Coming out (and, granted, as a hetero guy, I can't pretend to empathize with the pressures of doing that) might actually be easier than doubling down and denying it like this.
 
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