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Published: Saturday, Jan. 19 2013 12:13 p.m. MST

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Esquire
Springville, UT

I really cannot believe that the media is playing up this story. Leave the kid alone.

Red Corvette
SACRAMENTO, CA

Hard to swallow his innocence when he had an attorney sitting by his side durintg the whole interview. And after all, he admitted lying to his father about the relationship and confessed to "embellishing" details of their so called "romance."

And his explanation as to why he didn't visit the supposedly ailing Kekua in the hospital when she was dying is truly lame: "It never really crossed my mind. I don't know. I was in school."

If you believe this nonsense, I have a bridge for sale.

GO_COUGARS!
Provo, UT

They played up the story of her "death" which is why this is such a big story now. It's unavoidable. Just a sad, weird story.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Those helmets ain't workin'.
But he'll fit right in at the NFL.
One day he has $20 million in the bank and three months later he's selling his trophies to buy groceries. You wait and see.
P.S. - The story still smells.

3grandslams
Iowa City, IA

Yes we know he was involved in "creating" the hoax, but once it got rolling he did nothing to end it, in fact he embellished it.

Elcapitan
Ivins, UT

Some of you are reading stuff into this story and drawing false, unproven conclusions. In my opinion this is just in innocent islander who takes everything at face value because of his basic honesty and innocence. Leave it alone. It amounts to nothsing but an "in the family" prank gone awry. Some people push practical jokes way too far.

Red Corvette
SACRAMENTO, CA

“Babe, if anything happens to me, you promise that you’ll stay there and you’ll play and you’ll honor me through the way you play,” she told him when she was critically injured in a car crash, fell into a coma and then emerged to learn she had leukemia. When she was conscious, she devoted her time to writing inspirational letters to Te’o before each game.

He would be just as convincing if he told everyone he was dating the little mermaid.

estreetshuffle
Window Rock, AZ

what is expected from a 20 year old individual. look at the heisman winnner, he was acting like a 20 year old as well. one insurance company claims that young adult drivers still have under devloped parts of the brain pertaining to judgement. at least he wasn't junmpin around half naked with a viking hat on at a frat house. it could have been worse. we are trying to judge a 20 year old by old man standards. now if he was an older gentleman doing this, it would look really bad.

Perplexed
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Red Corvette, where is the Bridge you have for sale? LOL I was in the Army and there were so many false lives out there that stories like this were the norm.

I think he was pranked, just an innocent kid - remember when you were 18-20+. I think he is a great young man even if he lied to his Dad. Let him who has never lied to his did cast the first stone!! LOL

Cut him some slack, with the talents he is blessed with, he can buy all of you out in a few months. All is well that ends well. Like he said, if his family is OK, he is OK.

My best to the Te'o family.

Glfklee
Santa Fe, NM

I Believe him.

I believe that he was not part of creating or participating in the hoax, other than being a victim of the hoax. I believe that he made some bad choices, including lying or "tailoring" his stories to cover his embarrassment of a strictly online/phone relationship. I believe the media did not help in the original telling of the death/girlfriend story. I don't blame the media, but too many times, the public is at the mercy of the context of any words and information that are reported.

I believe that it is possible in this day and age of cynicism that there are honest people in this world. I believe that this is a young man that is embarrassed and hurt and sorry for his actions that were wrong. I also believe that trust is a lonely virtue in our society. I choose to trust and believe him.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

NFL consultant Gil Brandt "In that game against Alabama, this was like a guy who was the best shooter in the world in basketball and here comes a game and he can't even hit the backboard. His play in that game was absolutely horrible. He missed on run blitzes; guys ran over him ..."

Turns out his on-field skills were imaginary too.

Ronald Uharriet
SWun City, Ca.

“Some people push practical jokes way too far.”

I think he was very gullable. When a person is gullable, there is always some fool that
makes a game at pushing the gullable one as far as they can be pushed before breaking.

How many posters and news comentaters will actually feel guilty, if they have alread pushed this victim to the point of breaking?

I think it is far past time to drop this issue that strarted as a fun thing to do to a gullable guy.
Let’s stop it now.

bradleyc
Layton, UT

There seems to be some anger against te'o for being naive. This kid was duped. No doubt about it. Now it is time to move on.

Peter Coyotl
West Jordan, UT

I hope that this young man can quickly grow thick skin and ride out the vicious media storm.

estreetshuffle
Window Rock, AZ

Have a ticket to Brooklyn Bridge used only once; a quote from the 1991 animation Fievel Goes West. he doesn't seem to show emotion when the young lady dies. Body language facial expressions looks questionable. there is a lady on Bill O Reilly that reads body language, that would be a good place to analyze his body language.

Rural sport fan
DUCHESNE, UT

Who really cares about this so called "story"? What is the news in this? Did someone get ripped off or hurt? No. Did someone get made to look like a fool? Yeah! And so what? Is the world so boring that this stuff is news worthy? I keep reading to try and figure out why people are so fascinated, but I can't figure it out.

Then again, I think tweeting is stupid, I think "trending" is a ridiculous idea, and celebrity means less than nothing to me; so what do I know.

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