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Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend is a Hoax *Merge*

Discussion in 'Sports Zone' started by joseephuss, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. DIAF

    DIAF DivaLover159

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    Dude, it's not "support". It's acting like they "believe" so that they can be a shocked, lied-to party later on when the whole thing comes crashing down. They are doing this to insulate themselves against the situation, and If I were them, I would have done the same thing. (minus that ridiculous press conference that is)
  2. MonsterD

    MonsterD Quota outta absentia

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    Ok that is an independent publication and not the university's. I guess if 100's other news agencies couldn't figure out that the woman did not even exist that they just followed suit in being blind of easy to verify facts. The university knew 3 weeks ago, and should have announced it, but as usual they are trying to cover their own butts instead.
  3. Manwiththeplan

    Manwiththeplan Well-Known Member

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    just because some officials became aware, doesn't mean everyone in the university, and specifically anyone shooting an interview, knew.
  4. Jay

    Jay Active Member

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    I see a few options here.

    1) Te'o was duped and had no idea, therefore making him one of the dumbest, most gullible people of all time. Oh, and a liar, since if you back track to quotes, he made endless amounts of stuff up. I mean you never go and visit? Have never seen her? But she's the love of your life? Yeah, okay.

    2) Te'o was in on it and used it as a publicity stunt to hype him up, in which case he's pretty messed up in the head to fake a girlfriend that dies from leukemia.

    3) Te'o "plays for the other team". Since he's Mormon and attending a Catholic school, he made up these crazy lies to attempt to divert any thought about him being a fan of sausages rather than tacos.

    For his sake, I think #3 would be the best outcome. I don't care how you look at 1 or 2, he will still come off looking incredibly dumb.

    All of this is just my opinion, I don't hate ND have no agendas. I find it incredibly hard to believe that someone can meet the "love of their life" without meeting them, ever. I also find it hard to believe he would purposely do something like this for attention. Maybe it's a combo of 1 and 2, where he was duped, embarrassed, so ran with it. But even then, is there a point to fake killing the "girl"? Could have just broken up with her.

    I just find it hard to look at Te'o like he's the "victim". If it was all a big joke played on him, the real joke is the fact that this guy actually fell for it. I don't care about other Catfish stories of anything like that, this particular case with the details we know so far, anyone here ready to openly admit that anything like this could happen to them? Meet the love of your life online, who gets in a life threatening car accident, has leukemia, you never visit her and have never seen her... But you've dated for almost 2 years?

    Seriously think about that. That's laughable.
  5. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    This has to be one of the most strange things I've ever heard of happening. If he was in on this to hide the fact that he's gay then that's just absolutely absurd.

    If he was a victim of being duped here...wth? how are you that stupid? I can't imagine how he'd be fooled for that long into believing this person is a real person and some how never meet them. That just seems nearly impossible to me.

    This is just an incredibly strange story.
  6. WV Cowboy

    WV Cowboy Waitin' on the 6th

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    Right, .. you expect me to believe that when this is the same guy that had two pics and 10+ tackles the day he found out that his grandmother and "girlfriend" died.

    Like I said, spin away.
  7. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    You have to be joking.

    Michael Irvin hurting his shoulder early in that game had more to do with that loss than the rape allegations.

    Leon Lett being suspended again for drugs near the end of the 1996 season had a much bigger impact on the Cowboys playoff chances than those rape allegations.
  8. Manwiththeplan

    Manwiththeplan Well-Known Member

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    I can actually buy the victim thing. Due to his faith, I can see him finding a spiritual connection with someone online, or atleast hoping to. Someone who isn't as superficial as most of the girls he meets, especially if he's a guy that has social anxiety, ala Ricky Williams.
  9. Stryker44

    Stryker44 Active Member

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    I agree...but the dude was a star football player at Notre Dame. I bet women are throwing themselves at him.

    It seems like this whole long-distance girlfriend thing is far-fetched...particularly given his notoriety and that he doesn't seem like an introvert. His faith would have to be incredibly strong to not give into that - either that or maybe he's in the closet.

    Guess its just alot easier to see the logic in him perpetrating the hoax rather than him falling for it, at least for me.
  10. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    http://espn.go.com/college-football...uiasosopo-confessed-manti-teo-girlfriend-hoax

    Friend: Tuiasosopo admitted to hoax

    Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man who has been publicly identified as being behind the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax, called a church friend in early December crying and admitted to duping the Heisman finalist, the friend told Outside the Lines Thursday.

    The friend, a woman in her mid-20s, agreed to be interviewed under the condition that she not be identified, saying she was fearful for her family's safety because of the overwhelming publicity the story has generated. In the interview, she did allow for her voice to be recorded.
  11. WV Cowboy

    WV Cowboy Waitin' on the 6th

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    That is probably how it started, but ended with Te'O lying and lying to cover himself.

    So who was the girl that he spoke on the phone with at length? .. she needs to come forward.
  12. Fritsch_the_cat

    Fritsch_the_cat Well-Known Member

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    I'd still like to know why he never went to see her after she was nearly killed in a car crash, or lay dying of Lukemia, or why he wouldn't have attended her funeral.


    None of that passes the smell test.
  13. 17yearsandcounting

    17yearsandcounting Benched

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    How do we know this isnt a hoax?

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  14. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    Maybe Tuiasosopo is a lady boy with a really feminine voice?
  15. Rogah

    Rogah Well-Known Member

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    Not sure what you're getting at here. Sounds to me like Notre Dame's right hand didn't know what their left was doing, which is quite common in organizational structures. Believe it or not, an organization like Notre Dame isn't like the Borg, where one person finds something out and all of a sudden everyone knows.
  16. Rogah

    Rogah Well-Known Member

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    Notre Dame is obviously doing their best to minimize damage and control spin, but I do trust that they were not complicit in the hoax, nor did they know waaaaaaaaaaaay back in October that the whole story was a hoax.
  17. Rogah

    Rogah Well-Known Member

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    They obviously have to control the damage to their reputation.
    I have to admit I don't watch many news programs, but did Congress revoke the notion that people are innocent until proven guilty in this country?

    Geez, I know I don't watch much news but I thought I'd have at least heard about something that big.
  18. Rogah

    Rogah Well-Known Member

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    I don't believe #3 is true but, if it is, then if he came out of the closet, Te'o IMMEDIATELY goes from a character of scorn and ridicule to a sympathetic figure overnight.
  19. Rogah

    Rogah Well-Known Member

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    I don't expect you to believe anything nor do I care what you believe, but if you understood football - which it seems you don't - then you would understand the value of clear minded preparation in advance of a big game.

    I have to think it's tough to prepare, either mentally and physically, for the biggest game of your life when your life is falling apart because your magnificent hoax is unravelling before your eyes.
  20. WV Cowboy

    WV Cowboy Waitin' on the 6th

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    Oh, you are right, I know nothing about football, or even sports in general.:laugh2:

    I have never heard of a player, in any sport being able to play after something bad happened in their life. :rolleyes: [/sarcasm]

    As a matter of fact, I have heard many many examples of a player playing despite losing a friend or a family member.

    Brett Favre comes to mind.
    The Dallas Cowboys in Cinncy comes to mind.

    Most say it let them forget about it for a while, and they played great.

    Most recently was some guy from Notre Dame that played in a game, and played well if I remember right, .. after learning that his "girfriend" and grandmother had passed within 6 hours of each other.

    Now that was a gutty performance!!

    But now I am supposed to buy that the same guy's lame performance, in the biggest game of his life, was not because Bama stomped his butt, (along with every one of his teammates), .. but because he had something heavy weighing on his mind, .. evidently much worse than losing your grandmother and "girlfriend" on the same afternoon.

    No, .. Notre Dame and Te'O got stomped by Bama for no other reason than Bama was a much better team, and ND did not belong on the same field with them that night.

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