I am starting to think that he was hoaxed. He got caught up in this fake relationship. He covered it up to his friends and family because he was "in love" with a girl he not only met on the internet but had never seen in person. Hence all the lies about seeing her etc. He is probably a big softee and he was trying to maintain his image in the locker room. So as normal, one lie leads to more lies and then when all of this gets drug out in the public and has him looking like a fool, which he was, he lies so more to make it not seem as bad. If that is the case, I really can't blame him, he's what...21? just had his personal life put on blast in the national media with him looking like a fool? Naw...who wouldn't lie...not like its criminal.
Or...........he is gay.
Can someone provide cliff notes of this whole ordeal? I have not heard the story really. I have only heard people talk about his "incredible story."
I know he got lots of media time, many wanted him for the heisman etc.
What was the hoax? He had some tragic story about a girlfirend who he never met? And then it turns out he made the whole thing up?
I think Lance Armstrong was in on this. If he wasn't he sure got lucky, and by lucky I mean having one testicle and no Tour championships. Hey, I'm ahead of Lance in life by one testicle!
This story just continues to spiral. After reading the limited amount that has been released from the interview, I still have no idea what to think. I wish he had done this on camera and without a lawyer present, though I understand why he choose to do it this way. I am a big time observer of body language and that is why I wish he had been on camera.
I guess I am leaning toward the side of "he got hoaxed, then lied on top of that so people didn't just think he was dating exclusively online". I still hate the fact that he got the call on Dec 6th, and on Dec 8th and after still mentioned her like he knew she was still dead. That will always bother me. He should have either side stepped the questions or came out and got the story out at that time.
He also says that she asked him for his bank acct #. That is interesting as it does now provide the "what is in it for the hoaxer" explanation. I want to believe this guy, but I honestly can't imagine that he is really that dumb. I'm not saying he was in on the hoax, but he certainly extended it even after knowing she wasn't deceased.
I know I'm leaving things out that I can't think of right now, so I would suggest reading links in the thread to get the whole story.
You can start with the original Deadspin article and the interview from last night:
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Last edited by brandymac27; January-19th-2013 at 02:35 PM.
Yes, I heard Jeremy Schapp (or however you spell it) mention this on the 11 pm Pacific time Sportscenter. He said that Manti mentioned that they asked for his bank acct info so that Leenay could send him money. Manti told ESPN that he never provided that info.
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• Te'o was never asked for money during the plot, but Kekua once requested his checking account number in order to send him money. Te'o did not provide his account number.
This is a quote from the article I linked on ESPN
Nah, that couldn't be the case, everyone knows random people on the inter web are much better at getting to the truth...
BTW, you know what would REALLY be stupid? If Te'o were in on the hoax and thought he could get away with it.
Confused about Manti Te’o? This Taiwanese Animated Video Will Clear Things Right Up
Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/19/...#ixzz2ISPm7evZ
But no, I'll keep listening to you - the leader of the Te'o Defense Force, who has been behind on figuring out the details of the story the entire time. I don't know if you are a ND grad or what but there is seriously nobody on the internet defending the guy like you've done in this thread. It's truly baffling.
EDIT: And you can be damn sure if the "love of my life" died of Leukemia that it would take more than a month or two before I started a relationship with a new woman. Like I said, his ability to even do that much pokes a massive hole in your "shy Mormon" rationale for the rest of his behavior.
EDIT 2: Lastly: @ this "investigation" you keep bringing up. Sounds like just the type of investigation that I would expect from an institution that can't be hit with a FIA requests - bare minimum, if that.
Last edited by Heisenberg; January-19th-2013 at 03:15 PM.
Exhibit A: Post #352 - where in response to your personal attack on me you posted a misleading article and I provided the actual quote that the article screwed up and how for those blessed with the ability to read can see that his response was about how his coaches supported him through hard times.
Exhibit B: Post#368 where I was the first to post Tuiasosopo's confession.
Exhibit C: Post#375 where I was the first to post the report of others who were catfished by Tuiasosopo.
And finally Exhibit D: Where I once again clarify that I'm not saying he didn't lie, and explain why I believe his lies are consistent with bad handling of a tough situation rather than bad intent.
You on the other hand, have espoused such idiotic theories as "He found another (real) girlfriend so he couldn't have cared about the phony one. - Yeah because no one here has EVER looked for comfort in another's arms after losing someone they care about.
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