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No because the timeline will hang ND too. They knew about it on December 26th and let the story continue to achieve maximum publicity and benefitted by the "feel good" image from it. By going "all in" with Te'o on this ND has also become an accomplice to this duplicity...willing or otherwise...not a victim of it.
"I love March!" - Tom Izzo
Those getting on high horses about the gay story, it's the first thing everyone I've spoken to in Miami thinks, and Miami is a town that knows a ton about gay people and cover stories. The theory has ZERO to do with intolerance or hate, and everything to do with a dude being a mormon football player at a catholic university who was trying to cover for having a boyfriend or being gay. That simple.
I put this in the same category as I put the posts about ND joining a conference... Wishful thinking
If ND survived the Declan Sullivan incident, and the incident regarding the girl who killed herself, I highly doubt this will affect them too badly
I don't think that supposition is demeaning at all to gay athletes. Athletics is one of the few places where that barrier hasn't been broken, so it's understandable that someone would try to cover that up (granted, this is still extreme) If it were true that Teo was gay, it actually makes this story less insane in my eyes.
This story is so weird that almost ANY speculation is up for grabs.
Hide yo quarterbackz, hide yo kidz, the MSU defense is here
You may be right, but the one reason this could be different is that the media took ND/Teo at face value, and now they look stupid for it. Even after ND/Teo knew the truth, they let the media perpetuate lies to help make ND/Teo look good.
The media can be vindictive. And if the media decides to start asking some uncomfortable questions in South Bend (not just on the Teo topic), there's plenty of dirt they can dig up.
I tend to think that there are some media members who feel used, and some investigative reporters who are hungry for a big story, that might aim their crosshairs at ND.
Exactly...and the media does not like to be publicly duped, manipulated, and made fools of. If this is indeed the case, this will impact both Te'o and his prospective NFL future, and become yet another black-eye to ND's self, and public, image of itself.
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I'm fairly certain this ordeal has set their reputation back a few years.
ND needs more eyes.
Yep, and I'll cut you 100K after I sign in the draft.
ESPN is currently running, excuse me, SPRINTING with the story that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo guy made it up himself and that Te'o was indeed, duped.
They don't look like they're in too much of a hurry to condemn Te'o, let alone ND
He may have been duped, but he definitely lied, blew his relationship with the "love of his life" WAY out of proportion, and hung onto the story long after he and Notre Dame knew the truth.
And duped and manipulated the media for their own benefit in the process. The "image gloves" are off now...this will not end well for either of them.
"No one cares what you know, until they know how much you care." Mark Dantonio
ESPN personally has an interest in protecting Notre Dame, one of their brands. The rest of the media (except NBC), not so much. Plus, there are reports out there that ESPN/ABC knew about this hoax before Deadspin even did, but they sat on it. They'd want to push an angle different from Deadspin now to save face.
Anyone know if any ESPN higher ups are Notre Dame grads? They certainly have a few on-air people that are, including Golic.
"Manti Te'o has told family and friends that the woman who was the voice of his fictitious girlfriend “Lennay Kekua” called him in December and said she had to fake her own death months earlier to elude drug dealers, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser has learned."
Titans better take this guy in the 1st round
Every time I think this can't get any more entertaining it just takes another step forward.
Yes, but ESPN also went along with the Teo tributes and montages about his fake girlfriend AFTER they knew the truth. They might have been duped at first (just like Teo and ND), but they also went along with the feel good story too.
I'm not saying they needed to break the story before the MNC game, but they should have just left it alone completely, instead of hyping it more.
That makes me think that Teo/ND/ESPN all thought that they could keep a lid on the story, and that no one would ever know.
Is the US government involved in this as well?
Te'o is a CIA operative investigating the IRA in the US
I figured ESPN would go this direction after they put Bill Polian yesterday to slurp Te'o. (He strongly disagrees that this is a red flag/character issue for Te'o, by the way. Oh, and his son also recruited Te'o to ND.) ESPN is all about Te'o being the victim.
So, a Fighting Irish is fighting tIrish?
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