Te'o still referred to his imaginary girlfriend even after he said he was
made aware of the "hoax" as reported by ESPN this morning. That screams willing participant to me.
This Hoaxer is exaclty what gives Christianity a bad name. Hypocrisy and deceit
to the max.
@CougarBlueNot at all. Christianity teaches us we all are sinners.
As such, this fits right in line.Turning away from one's sins
is what Christianity teaches we can do through Christ...this guy still has a
chance to do just that.
Nothing in this adds up. Everyone just needs to come clean.
@TelesteI think that after the hoax became apparent to Manti on Dec. 26,
he took the necessary and proper actions. He had a national championship to play
for, plus there were hundreds of legal considerations for him personally and the
university.....so on and so forth. Sometimes you don't just get a call from
a person you thought was dead and go on the news the next day and announce it to
the entire world. This type of thing was on a need to know basis only. Manti and
his legal team were working to tell the public, but they needed to do it at a
time when they knew some factual material to go on. How would you respond to
getting a call from a "dead" person? I for one would not just go out and
announce it on Oprah the next day. Te'o was victimized.
@VladhagenHe and ND have said he was made aware on December 6...not
26. He made repeated references to "her" after that time. On
December 8 during Heisman weekend he even said something to the extent that her
death was the toughest point of the season.I still don't buy
Let's take a look at what we are asked to believe here.1) Manti was
duped by a family friend.2) The hoax went on for three years. How can
that be? The reveal comes after a couple of weeks unless there is serious cash
flowing.3) There is overhead to run a scam like this. A phone, a girl,
time to be available 24/7 and talk for eight hours on the phone, the logistics
of almost meeting...4) He remained hidden from the family all this
time.This still doesn't smell right.
@Oatmeal"Nothing in this adds up. Everyone just needs to come
clean."I think I detect a future special feature on the Oprah
Who cares?? I've got golf to play tomorrow.
His friend is trying to bail him out.He knows he's caught for his
lies.Ah the celebrity life.
I think we should reserve judgment until we know all the facts and the facts are
proven. Even then, who are we to judge? Is there anybody on the earth that
have never lied?I have to confess that I've had many women
deceive me online. One woman claimed she was imprisoned, raped, and molested by
a guy and finally broke free and he was in jail. I googled this and found
nothing. I called the local newspaper and found nothing about it. This woman
had me going for about 6 months. I admit I was ready to go pay her a visit, but
until that time, I thought she was xyz and she was abc. It happens.
And if Manti is a nice guy, without a lot of experience with women, and
potentially about to be rich, it can happen in a big way.All the
best to him and his family!
All should read carefully a CES talk given by Elder David Bednar entitled THINGS
AS THEY REALLY ARE. Giving heed to Elder Bednar's Apostolic warning could
have saved a lot of people a lot of grief. Sad! Really.
Lets wait until all the facts are in.The media can't let go because they
were duped and now everyone is jumping to conclusions based on the media which
can not be trusted.Go out and get a little exercise besides Jumping to
Conclusions -- " O that men could see a little clearer, or judge less
harshly where they can not see".
To all of you who are blaming the media here keep in mind that the Te'os
played the media and brought this on themselves. Live by the sword; die by the
sword.If he had kept this fantasy lover to himself there would be no
public backlash. The parents joined in as well.
I think a very important aspect that many are missing is the stigma associated
with online dating. When a high profile football player has a girlfriend
he met online that he has never met in person can you imagine the ridicule other
players would put on him for this? Most football players live a very different
lifestyle from Manti and would already be prone to ridicule a guy who
doesn't consummate every dating relationship. To me this explains why he
was never forthcoming about the fact that they had never met in person. It would
label him a weird and nerdy.Secondly, after the media jumped on this
story it was and would be very hard to come forward as soon as he knew that he
had been duped and tell everyone--'hey I'm a really simplistic,
gullible guy.'Give the guy a break.
Time to move on.
To: ESPN,the DN and the rest of the media-Let's move on from this
story,leave it to The National Inquirer. He's young, he made mistakes.
Hopefully he'll learn from them. The depth of the coverage from sports
media seems predatory to me.
Manti Te'o told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap he was a victim and
"never" part of an elaborate hoax. Details of the interview are posted
and hearing Manti's side of the story clears up alot of the questions about
how he was duped and why he continued to believe that Lennay Kekua might still
be a real person until just hours before the Deadspin story broke.What's most apparent is that Manti was not involved in some elaborate
plot to embellish his Heisman candidacy, although he may have embellished his
"relationship" with Lennay at times.
Give the guy a break, compared to what has gone on in Washington and Wall Street
the past few years the guy is a saint!. I am more upset with a media that thinks
they can print articles that go against all human logic and we are all supposed
to accept it. The holes in the Manti Teo story are so large you can drive a
truck through it. Yet we are all supposed to believe some ESPN writer, because
he says so. The ND explanation was so lame you would have to be more gullible
than Manti to believe it. Do these writers really believe the general public is
that stupid..Maybe so?
Teo's mistake was forgetting he'd have a hard time finding an LDS Poly
in South Bend. That he had an emotional attachment with an online girl is not
stunning...eHarmony and Match make a fortune with people falling in love who
never met. Teo had few options other than online. Once he learned
the whole thing was a hoax, I imagine he informed Kelly and the AD wanting to
know what to do. Anybody really believe the Domers would call a press conference
and come clean, with all the love they'd gotten from the media and a game
with 'Bama on the horizon? They probably told Teo to let it slide, ride it
out, and allow the whole thing to go away as he rode into the west with a
possible Heisman and an NFL contract under his arm. And oh, by the way, Notre
Dame could continue to enjoy all that newly acquired glory without tarnish. The
kid probably followed orders under some pressure, as well as a ton of guilt. I expect the Irish to throw him under the bus if there is any chance
they get exposed in a coverup; yet again a victim.
And how long will it be until we find out that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo isn't
When one studies Polynesian history and culture, it becomes apparent that
something known as "Talk Story" has always been very important to
Hawaiians, Samoans, Tongans, and other island people. Others around the world
have passed down stories, and made up stories in hopes of assisting "their
people" throughout thousands of years.Are today's Polynesian
families following these ancient traditions? Could others, acquainted with
this culture, have possibly spotted this strange situation as falling into this
category? Stranger things have happened.....
Who cares! My word, let this thing go. It is much to do about nothing. Leave
the kid alone. The media needs to find a new whipping boy. I have a real good
idea. Each week, lets pick one media type, reporter, TV person, etc and
carefully vet their lives, jobs, friends, etc. Should produce great reading
material for these no news day.Over done, finished.
I wish the people in the media could learn to say Te'o correctly. It
doesn't rhyme with cow.He said in the ESPN interview that he
wasn't a hundred percent sure she didn't exist until a few days ago.
Maybe he thought she existed, but that he got played by other people pretending
to be her.He said in another interview after he first learned that
something was up, when someone asked him what inspired him, and he said his
girlfriend's death. Even though he now knew that it was some kind of hoax
and that he had been lied to, thinking that the girl existed but wasn't
really dead, he still was correct in saying that the "death" had