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Manti Te'o statement


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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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