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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 09:34:22 AM

ongbok: 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.


He'll fall for the play action fake every single time if he's that naive.
 
2013-01-17 09:34:56 AM
So some b/tards owned a college footbal player? Why is this such big news?
 
2013-01-17 09:35:04 AM
huh ?
 
2013-01-17 09:35:08 AM
It is possible he was duped at first, I suppose, but if he wasn't in on it at the start he got in at some point for the publicity.

Some of the details (look up all the crap about him calling her in the hospital and her reacting to his voice when she was in her coma) extend far beyond what some asshole hoaxer would do for...what? There hasn't been any indication they were duping him to extort him. So why perpetrate this multi year complex fraud against him?

I don't believe someone perpetrates a 4 year hoax just for the lulz. The only motivations that exists for this are all Teo's, he's the one that benefits from it with sympathetic soft lighted worshipping interviews from ESPN, and with media attention for his school and his Heisman campaign (he was 2nd! Really? He was the second best player in college football this year? Looked like Alabama had about 10 better players than him....)

As for his NFL payoff, I honestly don't see this affecting it. Even if it turns out he was in on it the whole time, some teams might adjust his draft value out of character concerns, but if he is good enough he'll still get drafted and paid. If he's as good as ESPN has anointed him, he'll go in the first round, regardless of what happens with his fake dead girlfriend.
 
2013-01-17 09:35:38 AM

abhorrent1: So some b/tards owned a college footbal player? Why is this such big news?


That isn't the news.
 
2013-01-17 09:36:02 AM
Obligatory Nosuch Dame pun.
 
2013-01-17 09:36:16 AM
OK here's my problem. This morning on Sportscenter they talked to the reporter who wrote the story. He admitted he couldn't find a story about her dying, couldn't find a death notice, couldn't find an obituary, Te'o wouldn't let him see a photo of her, and wouldn't let him contact her family - and he went with the story anyway. Why isn't anyone calling him out for being a bad farking journalist?
 
2013-01-17 09:36:54 AM
At this point, I'm pretty much going to have to see a corpse to believe these clowns.
 
2013-01-17 09:38:20 AM
man, they should run this drama during the day, i bet a lot of detergent products could be sold with it.
 
2013-01-17 09:38:33 AM

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


Is it because it's a past prez that you bring this up? It's not even that weird o uncommon, especially compared to other NFL names.
Have you not heard of Plaxico Burress? Knowshon Moreno? Tshimanga Biakabutuka? There's hundreds of much weirder ones than "reagan". Had he been named Carter I'm sure it wouldn't even be worth mentioning, eh?
 
2013-01-17 09:38:40 AM

Crewmannumber6: OK here's my problem. This morning on Sportscenter they talked to the reporter who wrote the story. He admitted he couldn't find a story about her dying, couldn't find a death notice, couldn't find an obituary, Te'o wouldn't let him see a photo of her, and wouldn't let him contact her family - and he went with the story anyway. Why isn't anyone calling him out for being a bad farking journalist?


Plenty of blame (and if it still existed, shame) to go around. You are right, though. That guy should get sh*t canned, ASAP.
 
2013-01-17 09:38:59 AM

ongbok: 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.


I too don't understand ND's motivation to support Teo. If he is a fraud, throw him under the bus and protect the institution. I however don't think the school is "in on it." What would they have to gain from such a scheme? Maybe publicity from the Heisman campaign but that only happened in year 4 of this charade.

I think Teo had convinced the administration that he is a victim. Pathological liars will spin any situation to suit their needs. They are very good at convincing people. Just my theory though.

/this while thing is hilarious
//Catfish and Lance Armstrong are doing backflips with joy today
 
2013-01-17 09:39:54 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


Thanks for the link. Lot of interesting info. Still doesn't mean he wasn't duped at some point. I had a lot to say, until I got to this part of the story:

"That photo hadn't appeared on the internet-at least, not to Reba's knowledge. She had taken it in December 2012 and sent it directly to an old high school acquaintance. The two hadn't talked since graduation, but the classmate, whom Reba remembered fondly, contacted her on Facebook with a somewhat convoluted request: His cousin had been in a serious car accident, and he had seen her photos before and thought she was pretty. Would she be so kind as to take a picture of herself holding up a sign reading "MSMK," to put in a slideshow to support the cousin's recovery? (He didn't explain what MSMK meant, and Reba still doesn't know.) Baffled but trusting, Reba made the sign and sent along the photo.

And now here it was on a dead girl's Twitter profile. After googling Lennay Kekua's name, Reba began to piece things together. She called up the classmate. He expressed alarm, Reba told us later, and "immediately began acting weird." "Don't worry about it," he told her. Moments after the phone call, Reba's picture was removed from the @LoveMSMK Twitter profile. Then, in a series of lengthy phone calls, Reba told us everything she knew about the classmate, a star high school quarterback turned religious musician named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo."


So if you tell a biatch she's pretty, she'll do anything without questioning it? Sounds about right. So we come to this:

FTFA: "And there was something else: Tuiasosopo had been in a car accident a month before Lennay's supposed accident."

Is this why folks up above are saying that Manti is gay? If Tuiasosopo is getting pictures from female acquaintances and off the internet to send to his best bro, and setting up women in real life to stand in for the fake Lennay (allegedly), ...... doesn't mean Manti is in on it. Just may mean that, like Jasmine above, Manti got 'Mike'd' by Tuiasosopo.

Until more evidence (especially since Manti's father and mother had also communicated with Lennay), I'm still edging towards Manti being the dupe here. This dupe was elaborate, but so was the one that got that dude from the Eagles and a bunch of rich writer hippies caught up several years ago.

Why would Tuiasosopo do that to his best bro, though? Gay shiat, or Mhissy style trolling?
 
2013-01-17 09:39:58 AM

Incorrigible Astronaut: Four years and he never met her in person (Wait, he claimed that he did)?


Well, it's possible he met SOMEone who was supposedly the person behind the accounts.

/seriously, wtf is "Catfish" and why the hell have so many people heard of it?
//I mean, I looked it up...I just want to know why anyone who knows anything about football would also have a connection with that
 
2013-01-17 09:40:33 AM

Crewmannumber6: OK here's my problem. This morning on Sportscenter they talked to the reporter who wrote the story. He admitted he couldn't find a story about her dying, couldn't find a death notice, couldn't find an obituary, Te'o wouldn't let him see a photo of her, and wouldn't let him contact her family - and he went with the story anyway. Why isn't anyone calling him out for being a bad farking journalist?


Because he's not wrong?

Try RTFA next time.
 
2013-01-17 09:40:42 AM

SlothB77: 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.


Word on Pittsburgh radio was that Polamau was somehow involved, but it's not clear if he was with Mauia when Mauia met Kekua. There might be some sort of relationship between Polamalu and Te'o, but that does not mean that Polamalu had any information about Maiua or Kekua. It's unfortunate that we cannot ask Seau about the relationships between Polamua, Te'o, Mauai and Kekua, so we may have to ask Manu Tuiasosopo or Tui Alailefaleula.
 
2013-01-17 09:41:55 AM
The biggest loser in this story? Oprah. No one cares about Lance Armstrong now.
 
2013-01-17 09:42:03 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


How many people here were duped by ... a certain poster here who fled to Reddit when the well went dry .. for several years?
 
2013-01-17 09:42:37 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-17 09:42:46 AM

Bartleby the Scrivener: Word on Pittsburgh radio was that Polamau was somehow involved, but it's not clear if he was with Mauia when Mauia met Kekua. There might be some sort of relationship between Polamalu and Te'o, but that does not mean that Polamalu had any information about Maiua or Kekua. It's unfortunate that we cannot ask Seau about the relationships between Polamua, Te'o, Mauai and Kekua, so we may have to ask Manu Tuiasosopo or Tui Alailefaleula.


Thanks for consonant-overload headache.
 
2013-01-17 09:43:39 AM

TheDumbBlonde: Bartleby the Scrivener: Word on Pittsburgh radio was that Polamau was somehow involved, but it's not clear if he was with Mauia when Mauia met Kekua. There might be some sort of relationship between Polamalu and Te'o, but that does not mean that Polamalu had any information about Maiua or Kekua. It's unfortunate that we cannot ask Seau about the relationships between Polamua, Te'o, Mauai and Kekua, so we may have to ask Manu Tuiasosopo or Tui Alailefaleula.

Thanks for consonant-overload headache.


Vowel. Vowel overload.
 
2013-01-17 09:43:41 AM

Frozboz: The biggest loser in this story? Oprah. No one cares about Lance Armstrong now.


Excellent point. I bet Lance is actually sad he won't be getting the attention, too.
 
2013-01-17 09:43:55 AM

TheDumbBlonde: Thanks for consonant-overload headache.


Ummm there's usually too many vowels in Polynesian names (compared to "normal" names).
 
2013-01-17 09:44:30 AM
Bah you fixed yourself first.
 
2013-01-17 09:46:01 AM

JuggleGeek: 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.


Sure there is: Mauia said he was introduced to Kekua by Tuiasosopo

It's clear that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo is a central figure in all of this. It's not just a coincidence that he knows Manti and this guy as well. And he's already been tied to the Twitter account of this "woman" and the person of facebook account he got the fake pictures from.

So there are a ton of questions revolving around this guy:

- Was this just a hoax he perpetrated with a female friend - an actress to fool Teo over the phone and Mauia in person?
- What was their end game with the hoax? If it's financial, why did the Notre Dame AD come out and say that there was no extortion attempt and why didn't he report it to the authorities?
- Is he just some troubled kid that wanted access to great football players so he could live out his failed football career vicariously through them?

That's if you take this at face value that the whole thing is a hoax that he created himself and everyone is just a victim of it. As has been stated numerous times, the Te'o family has talked about meetings in person going back to 2009 at a Stanford game, so that's obviously BS. Is it just a bullshiat story made up by Te'o to hide the fact that he only had some ridiculous online relationship going on and wanted to make it sound real to his family? Or is there something more he's trying to cover up there? I'd say the latter.

And I don't buy into the whole doing it for publicity bit at all. Te'o was the #1 linebacker coming out of college, he'd been a very good NFL player, and he had plenty of NFL buzz last year. Notre Dame going 12-0 would've automatically boosted his profile anyways since he was the best player and leader of the defense.
 
2013-01-17 09:46:07 AM

js34603: It is possible he was duped at first, I suppose, but if he wasn't in on it at the start he got in at some point for the publicity.

Some of the details (look up all the crap about him calling her in the hospital and her reacting to his voice when she was in her coma) extend far beyond what some asshole hoaxer would do for...what? There hasn't been any indication they were duping him to extort him. So why perpetrate this multi year complex fraud against him?

I don't believe someone perpetrates a 4 year hoax just for the lulz. The only motivations that exists for this are all Teo's, he's the one that benefits from it with sympathetic soft lighted worshipping interviews from ESPN, and with media attention for his school and his Heisman campaign (he was 2nd! Really? He was the second best player in college football this year? Looked like Alabama had about 10 better players than him....)

As for his NFL payoff, I honestly don't see this affecting it. Even if it turns out he was in on it the whole time, some teams might adjust his draft value out of character concerns, but if he is good enough he'll still get drafted and paid. If he's as good as ESPN has anointed him, he'll go in the first round, regardless of what happens with his fake dead girlfriend.


either way the guy is a habitual liar

either he was dumb as hell for 4 years, realized he got hoaxed by his best friend and THEN lied to a ridiculous degree to get sympathy

or he was in on it

there's not really any good way to spin the story for the guy
 
2013-01-17 09:46:59 AM
My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Lennay die at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious.
 
2013-01-17 09:46:59 AM

DamnYankees: 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.


Hell 14 or so years ago I was using the little videoconferencing program that came with windows. I think it was called netmeeting. Anyway, that technology has been usable by anyone with a webcam almost as long as this kid has been alive.

Definitely not plausible unless they had a real girl on the other end playing Lennay. I doubt that happened because the guy was sent pics of another girl who wasnt in on it.
 
2013-01-17 09:47:30 AM

Incorrigible Astronaut: 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.


It's because it happens. And the media is treating it unsympathetically because money and a charity are involved. But yes, it is possible to be duped for years. If women can be duped into thinking they're marrying a man (the wooden toilet roll story that was posted here a couple months back people still reference, or the Brandon Teena story with the dildo), then somebody else can dupe an entire family that they're real and that there's a perfectly plausible reason why no one should go to their funeral.
 
2013-01-17 09:48:36 AM
Wow - TIL Somoa is not in the Caribbean, but is out in the middle of f***ing nowhere.

Somoa

/geography fail
 
2013-01-17 09:48:48 AM
stuffpoint.com
 
2013-01-17 09:48:51 AM
In other news, there are still fullbacks in the NFL.
 
2013-01-17 09:50:57 AM

IAmRight: Incorrigible Astronaut: Four years and he never met her in person (Wait, he claimed that he did)?

Well, it's possible he met SOMEone who was supposedly the person behind the accounts.

/seriously, wtf is "Catfish" and why the hell have so many people heard of it?
//I mean, I looked it up...I just want to know why anyone who knows anything about football would also have a connection with that


Well the movie was decent, but now it's popular due to MTV and it's a perfect label for an emerging and alarming trend.

Really, I don't think that show is scripted. They found one of the best ways to find the crazy in the world on the cheap.
 
2013-01-17 09:51:35 AM

thecpt: 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.


Yeah, man. Mhissy got mad that Jasmine liked her man and her man returned the feeling, so Mhissy invented an entirely different dude for Jasmine to fall in love with so that she would be less likely to get close to her man. With the fked up thing being that (of course) Mhissy's man was rather worthless, but she was willing to hold onto him by any means necessary because....
 
2013-01-17 09:57:06 AM

IAmRight: Incorrigible Astronaut: Four years and he never met her in person (Wait, he claimed that he did)?

Well, it's possible he met SOMEone who was supposedly the person behind the accounts.

/seriously, wtf is "Catfish" and why the hell have so many people heard of it?
//I mean, I looked it up...I just want to know why anyone who knows anything about football would also have a connection with that


Its called Netflix and there are only so many movies with Tom Cruise or Matt Damon running around doing the most unrealistic and absurd stunts one can watch before they get tired of that shiat and want to watch something else.  The concept of Catfish was original in that no other movie had centered the plot on a relationship formed solely via social media and how that could develop over time.
 
2013-01-17 09:57:16 AM
Lackanookie
 
2013-01-17 09:57:56 AM

Igor Jakovsky: DamnYankees: 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.

Hell 14 or so years ago I was using the little videoconferencing program that came with windows. I think it was called netmeeting. Anyway, that technology has been usable by anyone with a webcam almost as long as this kid has been alive. Definitely not plausible unless they had a real girl on the other end playing Lennay. I doubt that happened because the guy was sent pics of another girl who wasnt in on it.


Picture Ims/Netmeetings/Skype video conferencing can be faked in real time. Adult Chat Hos have been using (and perfecting) the technology for like 15 years, man. A phone call don't mean shiat. Meetings don't have to mean shiat. A skype meeting doesn't mean shiat either.
 
2013-01-17 09:58:32 AM

thecpt: Well the movie was decent, but now it's popular due to MTV and it's a perfect label for an emerging and alarming trend.

Really, I don't think that show is scripted. They found one of the best ways to find the crazy in the world on the cheap.


i don't watch MTV anymore.  They have a show that is basically a reality version of Catfish now?
 
2013-01-17 09:59:29 AM
It is possible that they met several times and it still be a scam.
 
2013-01-17 09:59:38 AM

FinFangFark: 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.


I dont get why he have to make a fake beard. As someone upthread said, there a shiat ton of women on campus that would go out with him just because he's johnny football hero. Hes supposed to be a devout mormon so he can play the celibacy card and doesnt even have to fake the actual romance part of it. He may have to kiss the icky girl every now and then but that would be about it I think. This would work out much better because everyone would see him with the girl. It would be a lot harder to fake her death for sympathy though. That could be problematic.
 
2013-01-17 10:02:22 AM
I don't think they were "boyfriend and girlfriend" for four years.

So what starts as a setup by a hanger on(er) intensifies in his senior year with a money grab planned after the draft.

Plans to meet - expressions of love.

But as the "missed" dates and meetups pile up - the mark loses interest.

the "prankster" looks to string him along with car accidents and cancer as reasons for not being able to meet and when even that's doesn't work - well cut and run "she's dead".

I grew up around some of these insulated religious islanders. If anyone would call someone they have only communicated with on the phone or online - it's these guys - and farkers.
 
2013-01-17 10:02:46 AM
Why would this unrelated guy come out and bolster this obviously fake story? HE'S THE BOYFRIEND. There's no other explanation.

/I don't really believe this.
 
2013-01-17 10:03:56 AM
Cybernetic: "Yeah, but she's from Canada. You wouldn't know her."

a winner is you!
 
2013-01-17 10:04:48 AM
bitchujusmad.com

got nuthin'
 
2013-01-17 10:05:18 AM
I met Lennay Kekua while on vacation one summer in Wyoming. We hit it off right from the start. She was totally hot and all, but she had another side to her...

She was a very kinky girl. The kind you don't take home to mother. She was into anal, but ONLY if her pet chicken, Waldo, could watch. Then there was the time we got kicked off the Seattle Space Needle for porking in the elevator. And I don't think I can post the details here about the three-way between me, her, and her roommate, Velma from Scooby-Doo, except to say that, yes, waffles were indeed involved.

Eventually, I had to go home, and we went our separate ways. I will never forget Lennay and that awesome week we had together in Colorado Springs. That summer in '69 made me the man I am today. :-)
 
2013-01-17 10:06:01 AM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-17 10:06:03 AM

SlothB77: thecpt: Well the movie was decent, but now it's popular due to MTV and it's a perfect label for an emerging and alarming trend.

Really, I don't think that show is scripted. They found one of the best ways to find the crazy in the world on the cheap.

i don't watch MTV anymore.  They have a show that is basically a reality version of Catfish now?


Yes. Same format as the movie only condensed to an hour. Same guy doing it but he finds someone else who may or may not be duped. Pretty good for latenight/guilty pleasure kind of stuff. I don't recommend watching it normally.
 
2013-01-17 10:06:58 AM
If...

Te'o was complicit in the story for promotional purposes, then teams will wonder about his mental stability and/or selfishness. His draft stock will drop.

Teams believe that Te'o was led on by a girl for three years without ever wondering why he could never see her, they will think he's incredibly gullible and ... well, stupid. His draft stock will drop.

Te'o is gay, and used the story for coverage ("oh, I have a girlfriend, but you can't talk about her. She's in Hawaii. And dying."), his draft stock will drop. That's just the way homophobia in sports works.

I just can't see how this can come out positive for the guy. Besides, who is in the market for a slightly undersized Samoan linebacker?
 
2013-01-17 10:09:42 AM
For those wondering why he doesn't just come out, he's an Hawaiian mormon, who are (at least generally) very sheltered and conservative, and is going to the school that hasn't let a LGBT group form for 20 years, and now they are letting it form, they are forcing the group to promote chastity.

Add in to the fact that his dad probably didn't want to believe his star football son was gay, I can understand why he created the girlfriend (though the car accident/cancer part was not smart)
 
2013-01-17 10:09:43 AM

coolio mack:
And I don't buy into the whole doing it for publicity bit at all. Te'o was the #1 linebacker coming out of college, he'd been a very good NFL player, and he had plenty of NFL buzz last year. Notre Dame going 12-0 would've automatically boosted his profile anyways since he was the best player and leader of the defense.


It's not Manti who's the issue here. Like you pointed out above who the real central figure is... just gotta figure out his angle.
- Troll job? (any number of dudes at who put the lulz before anything else)
- Revenge plot? (Mhissy)
- Just bored and it was interesting to keep it going? (any number of women who use their daughter's high school photos to trawl horny men on adult dating sites)
- Money, gifts, notoriety and feeling loved/important? (the Total Farker who fled to Reddit)

A dude scamming another dude doesn't mean that the second dude is gay. Just means the second dude got duped. It was real to Manti, dammit. And yeah, this started out as Manti being duped and being completely innocent.

I hope he didn't run with it, though.
 
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