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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16 2013 3:55 p.m. MST

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UU32
Bountiful, UT

Uh, what about all the "their eyes met" at a Stanford game, and all of Te'o's parents quotes? Complete garbage? Made up? This is an incredible story.

ImaCaMan
Oceanside, CA

"She's the most beautiful girl I ever met". Problem was he, or anyone else, never met her. A girlfriend he never met? Either naive beyond belief or someone's not truthful.

higv
Dietrich, ID

People can be very gullible. Thus all the "inspiring" Urban legends that make the rounds in speeches and church all the time.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

So this girlfriend that he was madly in love with and whose "death" was such a touching subject all year turns out to be some random girl he never met but with whom he chatted with online a couple times?

Say what you will about those who are supposedly behind this, but Manti, seriously dude?!

You also led the nation to believe this was something a mile apart from what it truly was.

Looking pretty foolish right now.

Scandrus
Cedar Hills, Utah

Just like "Rudy" and win 1 for the Gipper the Manti Teo story is marketing not reality. Good thing he didn't go to BYU after all. This is a huge embarrassment for the Church.

gee-en
Salt Lake City, UT

What the hey...?!?!? No wonder he played so poorly in the National Championship game!

FatMan86
West Jordan, UT

I would think the biggest embarrassment is ND. The ND PR machine pushed that story as much as anyone.

Res Novae
Ashburn, VA

I really hope this turns out to be vicious rumor. Though he spurned my Cougars, I respect Te'o and his accomplishments on and off the field. It'd be a shame if this was a big hoax.

Cougar Passion
Salt Lake City, UT

Looking forward to hearing more about this--I'm guessing there will indeed be more details. If so, I would probably have to agree with "Scandrus".

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

A diamond just lost it's luster! Just a very sad story. Even more tragic is the fact that he seemed to have played along with it instead of telling the truth. And what kind of lowlife would make up a cruel story like that to begin with? I hope they investigate and find the culprits who started that hoax and prosecute them. That was one cruel hoax if I ever seen one. I'm sad for him, his family, and for the Church he represented while at ND.

Wish him well and hope he has a bright future in the NFL.

A1994
Centerville, UT

Lesson # 1 kids: Tell the truth, no matter how dull.
Lesson # 2: Don't put all your trust and faith in any human being.

crawfordzoo
Barstow, CA

Is no one giving him the benefit of the doubt? I am withholding judgement until the investigation is over.

A1994
Centerville, UT

@crawfordzoo

Well, I'd love to give him the benefit of the doubt, but if you read the deadspin article, it becomes pretty apparent that this is going to get REALLY ugly.

Aggielove
Cache county, USA

Classy move
Anything for money and fame

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

Read the article carefully. Manti was the victim in this. He met a girl on-line. They had a great relationship on-line. They became friends on-line. This happens a lot especially on facebook. He indicates that he told ND authorities on it as soon as he found out it was a hoax. Now everyone is jumping on him because of it. Guilible yes but still the victim. Some of you casting stones shows your own stupidity in this. It doesn't embarras the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints one bit. What it embarrasses is the individuals who actually pulled this off. It just show how immoral our country has become. Nothing is sacred any longer, not even a person's life.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

"Read the article carefully. Manti was the victim in this. He met a girl on-line. They had a great relationship on-line. They became friends on-line."

When I read it carefully, I see these non-online descriptions of their "relationship":
Te'o and Kekua meet after Stanford's 45-38 victory over Notre Dame in Palo Alto, and swap phone numbers.

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."

eagle
Provo, UT

I think the hoax is that the girl had died and the girl maybe he met wasn't the girl on line but part of a broader conspiracy. Just a thought. It probably started on-line and then gravitated to maybe a couple of face to face meetings. But in a sense, this whole thing is a poster child of this generation's infatuation perhaps with facebook and technology vs. actually having human contact.

JParkerfan
St. George, UT

A "huge embarrassment for the church?". Someone needs a clue and a life. I think that the same old "haters" should sit back and let the story, and the facts, come out..

Peter Coyotl
West Jordan, UT

She is the most beautiful girl I never met?

AChapin
Albany, Linn, OR

Having known the Te'o family sence 1958 when I dated Mima Te'o and going to Roosevelt High school in Honolulu,Hawaii this hurts all of us from the Islands. I can tell you that the Island culture is so much different that the main land. Please know this is real sad and wish the best for this young man. Boy I just wish them well. Mahalo for your kind thoughts and prayers.
Andy

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