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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23 2013 9:55 a.m. MST

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Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

From the article Te'o says: "This girl, who I committed myself to..."

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

As long as he lied only briefly...

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

OK, this should now close the door on this whole bizarre story. Please media, let us now move away from this and start beating on the lies about fracking.

Salt Lake City, UT

Ok, so Lance Armstrong lied about doping.

Why is this different?

Richard Larson
Galt, CA

manti te'o and lance armstrong.........

Separated at birth?????

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Interesting how the liberal media has focused endlessly on this (non)story, as opposed to their disinterest in the lies Hilary Clinton, etal told about the Benghazi four dead American massacre.

Woods Cross, UT

Pagan wrote: "Ok, so Lance Armstrong lied about doping. Why is this different?"

Armstrong: Knowingly cheated repeatedly over decades/cancer survivor abuses his body to win/ Does not admit to feeling shame/ made millions misleading and lying/

Te'o: A victim of a hoax/naive young man becomes emotionally attached to a woman he talks with over the phone, texts and e-mails/ Comes clean and admits he was victim of hoax/ Embarrassed, feels shame/ has yet to make any money as an athlete

Do you see the difference?

Barstow, CA

"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at [him]."

Lehi, UT

Briefly, "Manti lied!"

Blue AZ Cougar

@Pagan, @Richard Larson

Oh please. Lance Armstrong's lies earned him several Tour de France titles, TONS of money and endorsements, fame, and even an Olympic medal. Te'o's lies earned him a little extra attention by the national media. No comparison.

Not saying what he did was right, but there's no comparison to Lance Armstrong. What did Te'o have to gain from lying about having a girlfriend who died from leukemia?

Saint George, UT

Hey, don't judge me because I sin different than you !


Give the kid a break!

"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

"As ye judge, so shall ye be judged."

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA


What Lance Armstrong lied about (taking PED's) is illegal.
What Manti Teo lied about (having a fake girlfriend) is not.

Window Rock, AZ

maybe he has a concussion from all the head banging in football.

Bakersfield, CA

Wow, the responses here would raise my pioneer grandparents to issue a well-deserved lecture: You don't compare your wrong-doing to a greater sinner. You confess and refuse to justify your wrong. Period.

"The dog ate my homework" is a lie; "I watched Letterman too late" is an inexcusable but truthful excuse. "Yeah, but Ronda (my cousin) has been copying my homework all month" didn't get me out of hot water either. Both of my parents were teachers, and thank goodness we learned early on that the same rules applied to everyone. When I was sent to the principal in the 7th grade I didn't expect any special treatment. I dreaded going home a lot more: my dad WAS that principal. Always kind, loving and fair, I hated having let him down. Trust me- I never embarrassed our family name again.

Hillary never backed off blaming that "Right Wing Conspiracy", Bill never apologized until caught. First time admissions are always best for everyone concerned. Teach your kids the "right" and there will be no shame in an honest confession.

Blackshear, GA

It seems that a lot of those commenting have never told a fib to avoid embarrassment when they find they've done something like this...That's all this is, you know.

He didn't gyp anyone out of money, or get financial gain, or cause harm to anyone else by his actions. He was just doing what many of us do: try to keep ourselves from embarrassment.

If Manti were the kid down the block who got hoaxed, we'd just have a good laugh and forget it; but many like to make themselves feel important by judging those in the limelight.

Filo Doughboy
Bakersfield, CA

Wow, if only I could get away with the analogy that's out on the blogs and webworld about fake girlfriends and Lamanite DNA...

Get grounded in reality and truth, then your gray shades will get starkly black/white, Lance's sins notwithstanding. Asking Katie, "What would you do?", only compounded his naiveté into downright stupidity and compliance. But hey- When your own father justifies your knowingly perpetuating the discover sham, what's a poor lad to do?

I mean, Hitler was a really bad guy, too.

Filo Doughboy
Bakersfield, CA

WWJSD? Joseph Smith would have told Manti to come clean, even if it took him 5 different versions and 20 years with no church publications mention.

Perserverance is the key. Cut the little liar some slack! After all, he hasn't duped the doping squad for years...

Filo Doughboy
Bakersfield, CA

What are you drinking in Pocatello, combblai? Then our Lord told the woman to "go and sin no more". (John 8:11)

Religious folks know that God accepts confessions: David was forgiven, although he suffered the consequences his entire life. Saul's excuses did not bring him absolution; God knew his heart.

The actual commentary on their lying is that Armstrong said he didn't feel guilty at the time, and ditto Te'o: "What would you do, Katie?!"

Bakersfield, CA

So Joseph Smith denied practicing polygamy when he in fact was. According to Church History, the Joseph Smith papers, and his friends at the Nauvoo Expositor.

How would he have answered Katie?

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