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(TMZ)   Manti Te'o mourned the death of his fake girlfriend to cancer by immediately starting a relationship with a smoking hot chick that actually exists   (tmz.com) divider line 130
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2013-01-18 02:36:05 PM  
A second beard? this is interesting...

/would you call this a winter beard?
 
2013-01-18 03:03:24 PM  
If he received sympathy sex is he guilty of rape?
 
2013-01-18 03:22:18 PM  
1) Invent fake girlfriend
2) Kill her off
3) Use the sympathy to get real girlfriend

i bet a few farkers might try this.
 
2013-01-18 03:27:12 PM  
I see no evidence in that story that they were actually dating, and if there was, I wouldn't care.

At this point, I pretty much only care about people who don't actually exist. I mean... yeah. Wait. No.

Whatever.
 
2013-01-18 03:31:07 PM  
Well it would have raised eyebrows if he had gone to sit on Santa's lap alone.
 
2013-01-18 03:32:11 PM  
Am I the only one that went straight to

Alex Morgan -- The Great Butt Controversy!
 
2013-01-18 03:36:27 PM  
Something about this whole imbroglio emits an overwhelming odor of alpha male bovine excrement
 
2013-01-18 03:54:38 PM  
FTA: We're told Alexandra and Manti dated for nearly 2 months, but broke up recently.

They broke up? I wonder what the problem was? He was with that other girl for 3 years.
 
2013-01-18 03:55:10 PM  

SlothB77: 1) Invent fake girlfriend
2) Kill her off
3) Use the sympathy to get real girlfriend

i bet a few farkers might try this.


This has been around since Animal House, dude. You're a few decades late.
 
2013-01-18 03:59:13 PM  

FinFangFark: A second beard? this is interesting...

/would you call this a winter beard?


I don't want to be mean, but it's painfully obvious that this is what's going on. Consider this:

A devoutly religious football player creates a fake girlfriend with the help of a close male friend. When it becomes difficult to keep the story going, he "kills her off". When this is uncovered, he very clearly lies about it, and the conspicuously Catholic University at which he plays also lies about it to cover for him.

There is exactly one explanation for this story that makes perfect sense. All other explanations make no sense whatsoever.

A lot of people are giving him a really hard time over this. But I think we should be more concerned that we still live in a society in which people don't feel safe in their own identity (Looking at you, Notre Dame. Shame on you for wanting to have great football players but also wanting to pretend homosexuality doesn't or shouldn't exist) than the boneheaded actions of a desperate kid.
 
2013-01-18 04:05:46 PM  
There's one angle about this whole story that really bothers me. Apparently, Tuiasosopo also invented a sister for the dead girlfriend. He went so far as to arrange (at least once) a meeting for the sister and one of "her" Twitter contacts, only to show up in the sister's place (claiming to be Kekua's brother) with a young child in tow. Not long after, the child also allegedly fell seriously ill with a life-threatening disease. Other than springboarding off of the fictional Kekua, this had no connection to Te'o.

So either Tuiasosopo is a serial hoaxer (for whatever reason) and Te'o was just an incidental victim; or there's way more to this story still to tell. But either way, it's hard to fit the fictional sister into the narrative that Te'o is covering for being gay.
 
2013-01-18 04:07:45 PM  

SlothB77: 1) Invent fake girlfriend
2) Kill her off
3) Use the sympathy to get real girlfriend

i bet a few farkers might try this.


This is called "The Costanza Method"
 
2013-01-18 04:08:38 PM  
What a bastard.
 
2013-01-18 04:09:10 PM  
Best way to get over someone is to get under someone else.

/getting over a fake dead girlfriend must be hard...
//and even harder to find people who can relate
 
2013-01-18 04:10:20 PM  

czetie: There's one angle about this whole story that really bothers me. Apparently, Tuiasosopo also invented a sister for the dead girlfriend. He went so far as to arrange (at least once) a meeting for the sister and one of "her" Twitter contacts, only to show up in the sister's place (claiming to be Kekua's brother) with a young child in tow. Not long after, the child also allegedly fell seriously ill with a life-threatening disease. Other than springboarding off of the fictional Kekua, this had no connection to Te'o.

So either Tuiasosopo is a serial hoaxer (for whatever reason) and Te'o was just an incidental victim; or there's way more to this story still to tell. But either way, it's hard to fit the fictional sister into the narrative that Te'o is covering for being gay.


Well so is the Arizona fullback that claims to have met Lennay Kukua, and getting close to her and her family.  And when you put all of these things together, I still have the three possible reasons: 1. The hiding a lifestyle via online bear  2. Hoaxed but used it for pub after finding out  3. He was legitimately scammed for 3 years, which still doesn't explain his recent confessions after finding out.

And if you need help putting the timeline of confusion together after Te'o allegedly found out.
 
2013-01-18 04:12:34 PM  

Hollie Maea: There is exactly one explanation for this story that makes perfect sense. All other explanations make no sense whatsoever.


Yet even this explanation doesn't make sense of the fictional sister (see my previous post) created by Tuiasosopo. How does she fit?

Originally I was sympathetic to the Gaybeard theory. But now I think that none of the explanations make any sense. I have a feeling though that our collective desire to (rightly) see an end to homophobia in male pro sports in general is clouding our desire for it to be championed in this individual, and consequently to ignore or downplay any evidence that doesn't fit an explanation that is both logically neat and emotionally satisfying.
 
2013-01-18 04:13:50 PM  

gameshowhost: Am I the only one that went straight to

Alex Morgan -- The Great Butt Controversy!


Glad to see I'm not the only one!!!

/for the record, Te'o's new chick...not smoking hot. Reasonably attractive though.
 
2013-01-18 04:15:13 PM  

SkylineRecords: SlothB77: 1) Invent fake girlfriend
2) Kill her off
3) Use the sympathy to get real girlfriend

i bet a few farkers might try this.

This is called "The Costanza Method"


Actually, it's the "Fawn Liebowitz" method
 
2013-01-18 04:16:25 PM  

SlothB77: 1) Invent fake girlfriend
2) Kill her off
3) Use the sympathy to get real girlfriend

i bet a few farkers might try this.


QUIT MOCKING MY PAIN. Lord knows the only thing that soothes it is the kindness of a farkette
 
2013-01-18 04:17:17 PM  

Martonio: gameshowhost: Am I the only one that went straight to

Alex Morgan -- The Great Butt Controversy!

Glad to see I'm not the only one!!!

/for the record, Te'o's new chick...not smoking hot. Reasonably attractive though.


Does she live in Canada? do we not know her?
 
2013-01-18 04:17:19 PM  
A girlfriend nearby makes more sense BUT still doesn't answer a lot of questions. Why go off campus in the first place. There are a lot of great looking women at ND why go off campus? He seems to want to keep any woman he is "dating" at a distance. Why? Most likely a deeply closeted jock facing the quadruple whammy of being a jock, a Mormon, attending a Catholic school and Samoan.
 
2013-01-18 04:17:49 PM  

SkylineRecords: SlothB77: 1) Invent fake girlfriend
2) Kill her off
3) Use the sympathy to get real girlfriend

i bet a few farkers might try this.

This is called "The Costanza Method"


Ahem. I'm Eric Stratton, and I'm damn glad to meet you.
thesamerowdycrowd.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-01-18 04:21:43 PM  

Delawheredad: jock, a Mormon, attending a Catholic school and Samoan.


"Wait, wait, tell me if you've heard this one before. A jock, a Mormon, a Catholic School, and a Samoan walk into a bar..."
 
2013-01-18 04:21:47 PM  
My girlfriend who lives in, uh, CANADA, yeah, Canada, well she is, no wait she DID die from cancer.  Toe cancer, that's the ticket.
 
2013-01-18 04:23:02 PM  

Timmy the Tumor: My girlfriend who lives in, uh, CANADA, yeah, Canada, well she is, no wait she DID die from cancer.  Toe cancer, that's the ticket.


....your handle....DAT POST
 
2013-01-18 04:25:06 PM  
Most damning part of all of it is that he never visited her in the hospital. The "love of his life" was almost killed in a car wreck then diagnosed with Leukemia and he couldn't make time to see her. She was in the hospital so it's not like he couldn't just show up. This was during the spring and summer when he would not have been doing anything.
 
2013-01-18 04:25:50 PM  

czetie: Yet even this explanation doesn't make sense of the fictional sister (see my previous post) created by Tuiasosopo. How does she fit?


Presumably to try to flesh out the story.
 
2013-01-18 04:27:28 PM  
Is that his old girlfriend in the middle?
 
2013-01-18 04:29:24 PM  
CADMonkey79

Not to mention his claim that he sent white roses to her funeral. Wouldn't the florist have called and said something like "There is no funeral service for Lennay Kekua listed with any funeral home today. Are you sure this isn't a mistake?"

i suppose its possible they just took his money and never sent the flowers but that is extremely unlikely.
 
2013-01-18 04:29:36 PM  

gameshowhost: Am I the only one that went straight to

Alex Morgan -- The Great Butt Controversy!


I did, and was immediately disappointed at what it turned into.
 
2013-01-18 04:30:26 PM  

thecpt: QUIT MOCKING MY PAIN. Lord knows the only thing that soothes it is the kindness of a farkette


Oh you poor thing! Are you ok?
 
2013-01-18 04:30:53 PM  
A man is only as faithful as his IRL options
 
2013-01-18 04:34:11 PM  

FinFangFark: So either Tuiasosopo is a serial hoaxer (for whatever reason) and Te'o was just an incidental victim; or there's way more to this story still to tell. But either way, it's hard to fit the fictional sister into the narrative that Te'o is covering for being gay.

Well so is the Arizona fullback that claims to have met Lennay Kukua, and getting close to her and her family.


Indeed, not to mention the detail that the FB in question claimed to be "close to her family" yet had never met her mother, which is kind of an odd definition of "close".

There's a fourth explanation that I increasing like:

4. Te'o was hoaxed by Tuiasosopo, who is a serial hoaxer for reasons of his own. Te'o embellished the online relationship with fictions of his own making (the first meeting, visits in Hawaii, etc.) because he was embarrassed to admit to being in an online-only relationship. When he found out the truth, he was in the doubly embarrassing position of having been hoaxed and being trapped in his own lies.

Yes, I know that's much more messy and lacks the neatly packaged appeal of "deeply conservative religious kid unwittingly becomes poster boy for breaking the homophobia barrier". But reality is often messy, and rarely comes tied up with a convenient moral coda.

As for the timeline, that's a mystery wrapped in an enigma deep-fried in a conspiracy. The generous interpretation is that in the days after learning of the hoax he didn't know how to end it, so he stuck to the fiction. The conspiracy interpretation is that ND pressured him to keep up the pretense until after the championship game. (After that, of course, they had nothing to hold over him.)
 
2013-01-18 04:34:54 PM  

zerkalo: A man is only as faithful as his IRL options


Not sure what this means. Help?
 
2013-01-18 04:36:00 PM  

Di Atribe: thecpt: QUIT MOCKING MY PAIN. Lord knows the only thing that soothes it is the kindness of a farkette

Oh you poor thing! Are you ok?


Well...(sob) ever since... (weep) oh I can't go on! Maybe one day (looks sternly at picture) I will move on. There's got to be someone who can ease my suffering (exasperated sigh)
 
2013-01-18 04:36:26 PM  
After that my guess is that you'll never hear from her again. The greatest trick the Lennay Kekua ever pulled was convincing the world she didn't exist. And like that...she's gone
 
2013-01-18 04:36:48 PM  

zerkalo: A man is only as faithful as his IRL options


Any vagina in a storm, as I like to say.
 
2013-01-18 04:38:19 PM  
I get the feeling he has never been lei-d
 
2013-01-18 04:38:38 PM  

czetie: 4. Te'o was hoaxed by Tuiasosopo, who is a serial hoaxer for reasons of his own. Te'o embellished the online relationship with fictions of his own making (the first meeting, visits in Hawaii, etc.) because he was embarrassed to admit to being in an online-only relationship. When he found out the truth, he was in the doubly embarrassing position of having been hoaxed and being trapped in his own lies.

Yes, I know that's much more messy and lacks the neatly packaged appeal of "deeply conservative religious kid unwittingly becomes poster boy for breaking the homophobia barrier". But reality is often messy, and rarely comes tied up with a convenient moral coda.


I was firmly in the "he's gay" camp in my initial reaction to this story, but it's sounding more and more like this is what it's going to turn out to be.
 
2013-01-18 04:39:16 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: gameshowhost: Am I the only one that went straight to

Alex Morgan -- The Great Butt Controversy!

I did, and was immediately disappointed at what it turned into.


here....YOUR WELCOME (PNSFW because its painted on)


Link
 
2013-01-18 04:39:32 PM  
I don't have much of an opinion, one way or another. I'm just amused that life has started imitating Coen Brothers films.
 
2013-01-18 04:40:24 PM  

Hollie Maea: czetie: Yet even this explanation doesn't make sense of the fictional sister (see my previous post) created by Tuiasosopo. How does she fit?

Presumably to try to flesh out the story.


Possibly. And yet it seems to make the whole exercise unnecessarily more risky, drawing third parties into a relationship with Te'o's girlfriend's sister, even to the point of meeting those third parties in person. "She has a sister, you wouldn't know her because she lives in Hawaii" would be a lot simpler.

Of course, just because something seems stupid in hindsight doesn't mean Tuiasosopo didn't do it. But I increasingly suspect that we're going to learn that Tuiasosopo has been leading an elaborate array of fantasy lives before this is all over.
 
2013-01-18 04:42:13 PM  
obligatory: "still a better love story than twilight"
 
2013-01-18 04:42:15 PM  

CADMonkey79: Most damning part of all of it is that he never visited her in the hospital. The "love of his life" was almost killed in a car wreck then diagnosed with Leukemia and he couldn't make time to see her. She was in the hospital so it's not like he couldn't just show up. This was during the spring and summer when he would not have been doing anything.


is200.imagesocket.com
 
2013-01-18 04:43:21 PM  
Well, the best way to get over someone is by getting under someone else.
 
2013-01-18 04:43:48 PM  

czetie: Yes, I know that's much more messy and lacks the neatly packaged appeal of "deeply conservative religious kid unwittingly becomes poster boy for breaking the homophobia barrier". But reality is often messy, and rarely comes tied up with a convenient moral coda.


OK look. Coming out as gay would be the easy way out at this point. His friends, his teammates, the people that know him have seen him with plenty of women. This guy can snag whatever tail he wants. He is a fairly attractive football player at Notre Dame with national notoriety. My guess is that he and Tusisassipio conjured this girl up in order to drum up sympathy & an emotional back story for his Heisman run.

Part of me thinks that they could've easily paid off a real girl to play the role, but that could get messy with getting her loved ones to play along & not talk.

Hm. Come to think of it.... this group wouldn't have been smart enough to think that cunning plan all the way through, either. Seriously, whatever the actual story is & whatever the motive was, they are terrible hoaxsters. Telling easily debunked lies, not covering any tracks outside of deleted twitter accounts, using a very quite alive girl's pictures for the whole thing.... just terrible. Seriously, one episode of CSI could give you the investigative skills to unravel this shamockery. DEADSPIN of all outlets figured it out in less than a week. You shysters are bad & you should feel bad.
 
2013-01-18 04:44:26 PM  

Di Atribe: thecpt: QUIT MOCKING MY PAIN. Lord knows the only thing that soothes it is the kindness of a farkette

Oh you poor thing! Are you ok?


imagemacros.files.wordpress.com

///Nice try, Romolicious. You won't snare a cheesehead that easily.
 
rka
2013-01-18 04:46:19 PM  

borg: If he received sympathy sex is he guilty of rape?


Only in Sweden.
 
2013-01-18 04:46:55 PM  

czetie: Of course, just because something seems stupid in hindsight doesn't mean Tuiasosopo didn't do it. But I increasingly suspect that we're going to learn that Tuiasosopo has been leading an elaborate array of fantasy lives before this is all over.


I have it hard to buy the "Tuiasosopo just hoaxed him because that's what he does" because of how close of friends the two appear to have been.
 
2013-01-18 04:50:51 PM  

thecpt: Di Atribe: thecpt: QUIT MOCKING MY PAIN. Lord knows the only thing that soothes it is the kindness of a farkette

Oh you poor thing! Are you ok?

Well...(sob) ever since... (weep) oh I can't go on! Maybe one day (looks sternly at picture) I will move on. There's got to be someone who can ease my suffering (exasperated sigh)


Who hurt you, cpt!??? Come here. Rest your weary tear-soaked face on my warm fluffy bazongas. Everything will be ok.

Shhhhhh..... no more tears. Only dreams now.
 
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