It amazes me how many people are saying that Manti is a victim and did nothing
wrong. The only basis of this argument is the fact that he said he did nothing
wrong. There is no reason to believe him, he lied about many of the details of
the relationship and kept the lie going after he knew the truth. He never
willingly came forward with the truth and he only confessed to it after Deadspin
reported it. I don't know if he was in on it or not but I am certainly not
taking his word for it and neither should anyone else unless they personally
@xertTouche..I knew that...my typo..
Saga of Manti Teo is crazy as people believing in global warming.
The media is given Notre Dame a huge pass in all this. Whenever Teo finally
learned he'd been duped, logic dictates that he would have told Kelly and
the ND athletic administration. By that point, Notre Dame was ascending in a
media lovefest and there is no doubt in my mind they told Manti to keep quiet
and play it out lest the revelation tarnish their golden dome. Did
he lie? Yes by his own admission. The real reason is why? When the full truth
comes out, if it ever does, I fully expect him to be not only a victim of a
cruel hoax, but the fall guy of a Notre Dame cover up.
Bluto--I think Gilda Radner's line was "Never mind..."
This happens, to a degree every single day!Try to estimate how many
men and women who make up stuff to be better, different, or more interesting
than they really are? This started with letters and now emails and even Skype
or webcams can be scammed.I talked with a woman on the phone for
months and then I just felt I had to see her to see what would happen. When she
sent me a photo it was her with a little baby in her arms. When I showed up to
see her it turns out the baby was 18 years old. I didn't even recognize
her.In addition, I've talked with many women that have sent me
photos and given me information that was outdated or false. I'm sure guys
do the same thing to gals.Sure, this guy was naive, was punked, and
he's well-known, but keep in mind that this same thing happens, on one
scale or another, ever single minute of the day. He shouldn't feel
he's the worst or dumbest guy yet. He was just punked big time!
Methinks Notre Dame needs to beef up their curriculum in the area of critical
thinking...and perhaps more on ethics....and inspect those gold helmets.
Something clearly isn't working.
I feel sorry for Manti. He is a victim. He fell for a cruel joke and when he
found out what was going on he used some bad judgment. I think he was just
really embarrassed and he didn't know what to do so he tried to cover it up
by lying. It was a mistake, but he's a kid and we all make mistakes
sometimes even when we're not kids. The people who played with the
emotions of a vulnerable, naive young man are the real culprits. Let's cut the kid a break and let him move on with his life.
One of the top sports stories of the decade, Dick? Not even close. You are right
about one thing, though. The agencies that got duped because of bad journalism
(ESPN, SI, NYT, ABC) are the ones keeping this story alive--perhaps out of a
sense of vengeance or justification.No, Bluto, Manti is NOT
completely innocent in all this. It was his lies that essentially perpetuated
the story. Yes, he was a victim, but for awhile he benefitted from the hoax and
perpetuated the hoax even after he knew it was a lie.
Utahns have a knack for thinking they are the center of the universe. Maybe
it's a Mormon thing.Most recently it was that Jon Huntsman would
become Secretary of State. The DN loves to run Huntsman stories.And now
the sportswriter is putting the Manti story in the top three. Yikes, you guys
like a lot of yourselves, don't you.Te'o "briefly" lied
and his brief 15 minutes of fame are almost over. Once he gets the bill for 500
hours of Steamy Samoan Phone Talk at 99 cents a minute everyone will finally
Remember the Gilda Radner charachter on SNL who always jumped to conclusions
prematurely, ran with it anyway and ultimately had to say..."Never
Mine"?This is what passes for journalism today. Impulsive folks
who won't take the time to actually look at all the facts, before coming to
their conclusions.They ripped Manti from the get-go and not one of
them has had the courage to say they were wrong and that they jumped the gun.
Like Manti's pseudo girlfriend, honorable journalism is also
Dick, for you to lump this story in with those shady charachters is an
insult.I've said all along that Manti was innocent in all of this.And I was right.Even now the press still jumps at every false rumor.Manti is as green and naive as they come, socially, to be sure.However, he's a decent kid that was hoaxed, catfished if you will,
period.It's that simple.And his so called lie to his
father came after he was told that she isn't dead after all.He was
confused and didn't know himself what to believe.He's a 22
year old kid and his hands are clean.Too bad the media's are not. The
media owes him an apology.
This story is a joke in comparison to Armstrong, Woods and Sandusky. I
don't think Manti is totally innocent but his mistakes pale in comparison
to these three. Armstrong is arguably the greatest sporting fraud in
history--the Bernie Madoff of sports. Woods is a total disgrace to men and
sporting heroes. Sandusky is sick and destroyed numerous lives of innocent
victims. Armstrong, Woods and Sandusky each destroyed innocent
lives. Manti messed his own life up but was largely a victim of an immature
prank. There is NO COMPARISON to these others.
The reason it won't die is that various news media outlets won't let
it die. The media has decided that it continues to sell and draw interest. I
was curious at first, but like many things in the sports and tabloid media, we
are well in the realm now of overkill. Time to move on!
I think Manti should hook up with Tuiasosopo's cousin, if that is who he
had been talking with for hours and hours.
I am NOT comparing the Manti situation with all the other clowns like Armstrong,
Woods, and definitely not Pukedusky. But to say that Manti did nothing wrong, I
am NOT seeing that. 1000 phone calls totally 500 + hours means Mantii has some
issues. I mean who does this with someone you've never met that you're
claiming is the love of your life? Lies about the saga are already factual. The
extent of the lies is in doubt. I feel sorry for Manti but his lies and or
naivity is not going to stop being publicized. There is a price to pay when you
are a celebbrity or sports star. Sandusky and Armstrong should have their
stories covered. Woods would be non story if not for his sports status.
will you all be singing the same tune when Manti is shown to have known all
along that he was involved in the scandal. Be careful of inductive reasoning and
The only reason this would follow him for the rest of his life is because the
media won't let it go. But maybe if we would all stop commenting on this
non-story the writers would get the hint that no one really cares. LOL.
This was an interesting story for a while, but it's time to put this thing
to bed. For goodness sakes, he didn't have an affair with hundreds of
women, or abuse kids, or use performance enhancing drugs and in no way shape or
form should he be lumped into the same category as the scumbags who did. He was
tricked by a joke. Let's move ON already!!!By the way, he is
still a solid player and I still think he would have done nice things for BYU
had he come here. Good luck in everything you do post college, Manti!
"This kid has done absolutely NOTHING wrong. "Close but not
quite true. From what I have seen, his only real "crime" was
perpetuating the "lie" once he found out differently. That appears to
be the extent of his culpability, but even doing so would not have headed off
the media firestorm that followed.Nowhere near woods armstrong or
sandusky.The legs on this story are the tabloid/human side. He
looks to be very gullible and was duped on a national stage. His
punishment has exceeded the crime. For his sake, this story should fade away.
Doesn't look like that will happen quickly.
This is the biggest NON story of the decade. I can't for the life of me
figure out why this is the least bit interesting to anyone for more than....2
seconds. There is no way Teo has anything in common with Armstrong
or Sandusky. This kid has done absolutely NOTHING wrong. Other than
being gullible, what has he done and why is this in the news? Isn't there a
war in Mali, aren't people freezing in the cold on the Jersey Shore and
aren't we still in a big mess with our economy??
This reminds me of the movie The Truman Show, were a man finds out his entire
life is staged and unbeknownst to him is being shown live on TV. It does make
you wonder why anyone would do this.
Totally agree. No comparison here to tiger/armstrong/sandusky.Manti
was stupid, untruthful, naive and young.But he didnt cheat on his
wife with hundreds of woman, he didnt create an empire based on steroids, and
not even close to sandusky.Time to let it go. Move on already.
I am sure there are plenty of Ms Hawaiis to show up with him in public to get
the media off his back in a positive way....So what is he waiting for? His
weakness is his strength, and media aren't going to quit until he navigates
away from it....So why not deflect with Ms Honolulu's
Yes, let us not forget that this fine, upstanding, HONEST young man is a VICTIM,
as afterall, who amongst us has never fallen head-over-heels in love with
someone we have never actually met and then repeatedly lied about it in order to
garner sympathy and attention?My favorite part about the interview
with hard-hitting "Journalist" (snicker, snort) Katie Couric was when
good ol' Manti asserted to her that he "never lied" and then
literally within 45 seconds after saying those words, in response to
Couric's next question asking what he regretted most about the whole sorry
story, started his VERY NEXT sentence with "Well, I guess I shouldn't
have lied about..."
It really bugs me when people lump Manti's situation with Tiger Woods,
Lance Armstrong and, of all people, Jerry Sandusky! They shouldn't be
mentioned in the same story, even if Manti purposely made up this hoax, which I
don't think he did. Let's keep this issue in perspective. Actually,
let's just drop the whole thing. Enough already!