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Manti Te'o statement

LAST UPDATED: 04:31 p.m. HST, Jan 16, 2013

"This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over several  months 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 and less foolish.  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." 

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Oahuan wrote:
I smell BS
on January 16,2013 | 01:51PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
I hope this is an entirely truthful admission, that he truly thought the person was real. B/c reading the depth and detail of deadspin's article suggests that he knew the person, a Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, that was supposedly behind the fake girl.
on January 16,2013 | 02:27PM
8082062424 wrote:
this really is not uncommon. In fact it is very common. had a few friends that it happen too. people please do not get hooked up on someone you meet online. 99 percent it some one messing with you. Or when you go and meet this person that person turn out to be nothing like they said. and they tell you im still the same person it should not matter
on January 16,2013 | 04:35PM
papaya wrote:
Is that your phone number? If so, you should change your screen name.
on January 16,2013 | 07:16PM
8082062424 wrote:
its not
on January 16,2013 | 07:38PM
MrsCD wrote:
LOL CANT trust a Mormon going to a Catholic school!
on January 16,2013 | 09:37PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
What does hs religious beliefs or that of his college have anything to do with this? You should think hard about taking back what you said, goodness.
on January 16,2013 | 10:16PM
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