Manti Te'o tells ESPN: Not involved in creating hoax

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  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    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.

  • estreetshuffle Window Rock, AZ
    Jan. 22, 2013 2:28 p.m.

    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.

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 12:21 p.m.

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

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    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.

  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    Jan. 19, 2013 11:19 p.m.

    “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.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    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.

  • Glfklee Santa Fe, NM
    Jan. 19, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    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.

  • Perplexed Las Cruces, New Mexico
    Jan. 19, 2013 3:08 p.m.

    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.

  • estreetshuffle Window Rock, AZ
    Jan. 19, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    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.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    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.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 19, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    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.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    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.

  • GO_COUGARS! Provo, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    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.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 6:34 a.m.

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