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planted...if this was before the death, I'd believe it. However, it screams of someone trying to lay down the cover up story before the news broke. I don't think Manti expected the news to take this long to break.
On a related note, if you were a gay dude, would you want to be the recipient of a 250 lb Samoan?
Excuse me, sir, but dozens of RCMBers successfully run schticks every day. That's all this was - an elaborate schtick.
I read in a blog that the South Bend Tribune's story from the fall said that he Skyped with his parents. That makes it 1,000x more likely that he was in on it. If he Skypes already, wouldn't he try to Skype with her repeatedly at some point in a three-year, never-see-you relationship?
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
That is only one of the many holes in this story. Plus, look at a lot of his interviews and he mentions her and her FAMILY. How do you know her family if you haven't even met HER.
I really am curious as to how he is going to spin this.
I get the whole "make up a girlfriend" thing, if he is gay, but why they hell do you have to kill her off?
There's a time and a place for everything and it's called college.
At a certain point in a long term relationship family and friends usually want to actually meet the special girl...
Why would you skip the board today? These are the best days to be on!
Option A: He gay
Option B: He dumb
Option C: He publicity stunt
Option D: An online "friend" fakes her death. Manti and Notre Dame decide to run with it and exploit it for all it's worth, manufacturing details and meetings and the significance of the relationship, because they don't realize she never existed.
Telling people she died in a kiln accident would probably have been a giveaway.
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Hugely bizarre story. If he concocted this himself he just effed his NFL career. Certainly a story that isn't going away anytime soon and will be interesting to find out what the truth actually is.
"I love March!" - Tom Izzo
Now EVERYONE is digging for facts on this crazy story, so it might get even stranger.
Bullshit. ND only went forward because of the Deadspin article.
Ok I purposely stay away from ESPN. I hate that network. So I'm coming in a little late to this cluster eff. Can somebody answer this. Manti has repeated a story on record saying he met her at Stanford. The SB Tribune ran a story based off conversations with Manti that say she visited Hawaii. Manti even said her last words to him were I love you.
Is it possible that he actually did meet somebody...the catfish herself or someone associated with the catfish and these 8 hour long phone conversations were real, just with the catfish though? Still could mean he was in on it at some point.
They just interviewed the Arizona Cardinals fullback on Sportscenter. He claimed to have met this chick before she and Te'o started fake dating.
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Yeah, they didn't look into it because they wanted it to be true, they needed it to be true, and it shows you just how unserious journalists are.
You don't need Manti's permission to get an obit. If you google anyone's name (and journalists would have access to more specific search engines such as Lexis/Nexis) and the word obituary an obit is going to pop up, either one from a newspaper or one from a funeral home. You don't need his permission to go through Stanford student directories, to talk to people at the Stanford newspaper (how does a kid get this sick and no one does at least some sort of a fundraiser for her, a bone marrow screening) or you'd look at her alleged hometown newspaper. Isn't odd that her hometown wouldn't be running some articles on their attachment to Notre Dame football star?
This is all so bizarre-why kill her within hours of the grandma's passing? Why not just have her break up with him, saying she's too much baggage (car accident, then leukemai) and he must go on without her, how difficult could that be given that he'd never met her in person anyway?
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I don't post that much, but I'm a long time lurker... Here's my two cents from following this story pretty closely since it broke.
I find Te'o's story extremely difficult to believe. Correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I've read, the only picture he ever saw of this girl was the Twitter picture. So over the course of the three years, he never once saw a different photograph of this "chick". Add in the fact that we live in an era of social media domination. This "chick" was supposed to be in college, yet outside of Twitter, she was completely disconnected. She had no Facebook. She had no Instagram. She never used Facetime. She had no SnapChat. She sent no pictures. She tweeted no new pictures. And the thought that he fell for this head over heels? To the point where he considered her to be his girlfriend? Unbelievable to me. I just don't buy that. He couldn't have been that gullible. You have to be pretty darn desperate to fall for a scheme like this, in my opinion, and I just don't see Te'o being in the position of being that desperate. I think there's definitely more to this story.
It's quite simple. He's lying.
I fully back Al Czervik posts.
A couple articles have said Te'o knew the day after the Michigan game, as well as a few other things that he made comments about her AFTER December 26th when he told ND.
He also made comments about her at the National Championship game which was Jan 7th, so he knew, and kept playing his cards.
He was in on this, no doubt in my mind. I think its an elaborate scheme to cover up Te'o true story. Could he be the first openly gay athlete in pro sports?
I agree, but what's the motivation? It's all conjecture at this point. More will come out. Supposedly there's some sort of announcement at 3 PM EST today?
Yeah, it's going to be interesting. And this thread will be up to 5000 posts by 6pm tonight!
It's 8:35, I'm only on page 39 (went to bed at page 32) and I'm out of upvotes. Crap.
We should have an emergency Upvote thread in cases of big stories like this. The US does it with oil, 247 can surely work on it for upvotes.
I'm with you. I originally thought 'gay' or in on it, but it's possible he got duped. Still doesn't excuse the multiple lies he told the media.
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