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It's long, but good read IMO.
Notre Dameo learned first of the death of his grandmother, Annette Santiago, and then of the death of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.
Your team. All the time.
I can't do anything but lol...lol...lol...lol..lol. Why would he make up a story like that? WOW...lol.
Could of sworn I just posted this. Hmm. Oh I see what you did here.
This post was edited by bobrosshairclub 15 months ago
dang Kevin! Beat me by minutes!
Amazing. Thanks for posting. Good read.
Notre Dame statement:
"On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te’o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators."
More questions than answers for me.
How can he be a victim when he commented on her and tweeted about her? He commented about her to news papers.
It's good to be the King.
Can't believe Manti didn't know... he doesn't seem like a moron.
Too many stories of them being together for him not to be in on it.
This might explain why he played like garbage in the Championship game. I never could understand why you would go from missing only two tackles all season long and basically miss every tackle in the championship game.
From ESPN's puff video piece on Teo, Oct. 6, 2012, interview by Gene Wojciechowski:
"Six hours later [after learning his elderly grandmother had passed] my brother called me, crying and crying. I kind of knew why but I was still in denial. I said 'Don't tell me you're crying because of what I'm thinking.' He just said 'She's gone.'
"I just lost everything. I cried, I yelled, I never felt that way before. Six hours ago I just found out my grandma passed away, now you take the love of my life. The last thing she said to me was 'I love you.'"
Gene W narrative: "Lennay made Teo promise that if anything happened to her, he wouldn't miss a game."
They then show highlights of that week's win over Michigan State - Teo kneeling and sobbing on sideline near end of game.
Teo: "They were with me. I couldn't do it without them, without the support of my girlfriend and my girlfriend's family."
ESPN then shows clip of Teo pointing to his heart and up to the sky after a big play in the MSU game.
He knew. If he didn't he's the dumbest man alive
I called the response as soon as I read the story -- pin it on the friend who knew the girl with the pictures. His story would be believable if, by his own account, he hadn't met her or talked to her on the phone for hours. Neither of those have to do with some fake Twitter accounts, supposedly masterminded by his good family friend. Even his father, at one point, claimed to have met the girl. This is pure craziness.
It's funny, but sadly, the scam succeeded. A linebacker, whose only noteworthy stat was interceptions, was second in Heisman voting. Even for a down year, that's crazy. And what was his "Heisman moment"? Playing the game of his life against a 6-6 team right after his fake girlfriend fake died. What a sham.
As if there weren't enough reasons to hate Notre Dame football already...
This post was edited by MikeCaramba 15 months ago
It'll probably come out that she faked it to get away from him because he was beating her next.
skip to the 4:30 mark.
Watch in the WGR550 Audio
Year Solo Ass Tot. Sacks INT Pass Def Fumble Rec
2011 65 68 133 5.5 2 2 2
2010 84 68 152 6.0 0 10 0
2012 55 58 113 1.5 7 11 1
Perhaps Lavonte should have won the heisman...
The craziest part of this story? Other than the fact that Manti originally met her offline, and saw her several times after that, and talked to her on the phone for eight hours at a time, and talked to her brother on the phone, and met her family, and she met his family...and he expects us to believe he was hoaxed by some fake Twitter accounts. Other than the fact that his father participated. Other than the fact that this helped him finish second in Heisman voting...
No media outlet ever checked into this story at all! CBS even QUOTED(!!!) her. Freaking Deadspin scoops this four months after the fact. National sports journalism -- 247 excepted -- must be in a bad place.
you are quickly becoming one of my favorite posters. +1
WOW. There is no possible way that he didn't know she wasn't real. That is insane.
Feed me to the wolves, and I will return leader of the pack. #FreeDA
notre dame fans are up in arms defending him
Haha - thanks! I just can't believe this. I'm half laughing, half appalled.
Now watch, it will somehow come out that Danny Ocean and a ragtag group of thirteen lovable cons were actually behind this brilliant scheme (revealed via retrospective montage, obviously) and I'll be forced to return to this thread to publicly apologize.
...honestly, that's the only way this story could get any crazier.
I want to hear about the part were he met her and gave her his number at Stanford.
This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her.
"To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.
"It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother's death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life.
"I am enormously grateful for the support of my family, friends and Notre Dame fans throughout this year. To think that I shared with them my happiness about my relationship and details that I thought to be true about her just makes me sick. I hope that people can understand how trying and confusing this whole experience has been.
"In retrospect, I obviously should have been much more cautious. If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was.
"Fortunately, I have many wonderful things in my life, and I'm looking forward to putting this painful experience behind me as I focus on preparing for the NFL Draft."
Man, he is setting himself for a giant fall.
When stuff hits the fan, you have to own it immediately. Lying only makes it worse (see: Armstrong, Lance).
he claims to have met her online. but they showed a video of him in an ESPN interview a month or two ago about how "he met the most amazing girl in the world, not because of her beauty" but then goes on about her mind, etc... so he claims to have met her multiple times. they are playing it that he could "meet" her online.
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