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EXCLUSIVE: Woman tried new hoax in December call to Te'o

By Ferd Lewis

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LAST UPDATED: 01:14 p.m. HST, Jan 18, 2013


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.

The woman, who has yet to be identified, tried to re-engage a relationship with Te‘o months after she supposedly had died of leukemia in early September, the Notre Dame All-American linebacker has told the people close to him. The account was shared with the Star-Advertiser by a source close to the Te‘o family.

According to the account, Te'o asked the woman to transmit a photo to him with a date stamp, which she did, but this did not allay his suspicions and he later told his family and Notre Dame officials about being scammed. 

The account does not give the date of the call but on Wednesday Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick told a campus press conference that the woman contacted Te'o on Dec. 6 while he was in Florida for an ESPN post-season awards show. "He received a phone call from a number that he recognized as having been associated with Lennay Kekua," Swarbrick said. "When he answered it, it was a person whose voice sounded like the same person that he had talked to, who told him she was, in fact, not dead."

On Dec. 26, Te'o notified school officials, according to a statement from Te‘o Wednesday.

Subsequently Notre Dame commissioned an investigation that concluded Te'o had been the victim of a hoax, the school said. 

In his statement, Te‘o said he was embarrassed to acknowledge that he was the victim "of what apparently was someone's sick joke and constant lies,” a hoax in which he had a long-distance online and phone relationship with a fictitious woman, whom he knew as Lennay Kekua.

However, Te'o has yet to address questions about statements he made to the press about her death from cancer after Dec. 6.

The bizarre case became national news after the website deadspin.com published a story Wednesday that Kekua did not exist. The story of Te‘o playing through the pain of having his grandmother and girlfriend die within 24 hours of each other became a major narrative in Notre Dame’s storybook 2012 season. With Te‘o as a team captain, the Fighting Irish had a 12-0 regular season and lost in the championship game to Alabama on Jan. 7.

The new details on the December phone call come on the heels of a report earlier today by ESPN which quoted a woman who said the California man allegedly behind the girlfriend hoax had admitted to her that he and his cousins had duped Te‘o, a 2009 Punahou School graduate from Laie.

The woman told the ESPN show “Outside the Lines” that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo of California cried when he admitted to her in December that he was involved in the scam. ESPN did not identify the woman at her request but described her as in her 20s and a church friend of Tuiasosopo.

"He (Ronaiah) told me Manti was not involved at all, he was a victim. The girlfriend was a lie; the accident was a lie; the leukemia was a lie," the woman told ESPN. "He was crying; he was literally crying. He's like 'I know, I know what I have to do.'"

She added, "It is not only Manti, but he was telling me that it is a lot of other people they had done this to."

Outside the Lines interviewed two others who said they had family members who had a similar hoax played on them by Tuiasosopo.

The deadspin.com story identified Tuiasosopo as the man behind the scheme, but also raised questions about whether or not Te'o was a willing participant in the hoax.

Notre Dame’s Swarbrick, meanwhile, said Friday he has strongly encouraged the Te'o family to speak publicly. Except for the brief written statement Wednesday following the deadspin.com report, the family has not commented. A planned one-on-one interview Thursday with Te'o was scrubbed.

Meanwhile, several TV sites, including Inside Edition, have identified the woman in the photo that had been posted on Kekua's Facebook page as Diane O'Meara, a 23-year old who works in marketing. She has said the photo was used without her permission and she was not involved.

O'Meara was not at her Torrance, Calif., office Friday. Messages left on her voice mail were not immediately returned to the Star-Advertiser.






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gsc wrote:
Bizzare ............
on January 18,2013 | 10:46AM
aukai808 wrote:
Please...Stop...Just Stop! You can see right through all of this. Manti decides yesterday not to talk so that he and his family can pressure Tuiasasopo in California and this chick to make up better stories so they fall on the sword and get him off the hook. There's probably some money offered from Manti's future earning...Elude drug dealers?? Please. We'll find out that they don't exist either, and they'll prbably "die" too.
on January 18,2013 | 12:36PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Aukai,stop please stop.
on January 18,2013 | 01:13PM
CriticalReader wrote:
What you really have to wonder is whether all these commentators are going to "report" the results of the lawsuits the Te'os are going to file against them.
on January 18,2013 | 01:41PM
inverse wrote:
Courts do NOT make decisons on behalf of pathological liars.
on January 19,2013 | 12:39AM
TLehel wrote:
The plot thickens. . . .
on January 18,2013 | 10:47AM
from_da_cheapseats wrote:
The plot thins
on January 18,2013 | 03:01PM
hanoz808 wrote:
OMG for real...just when i didnt think it could get stranger
on January 18,2013 | 10:54AM
primo1 wrote:
"A source close to the Te'o family"...is any source linked to this family reliable or trustworthy at this point? This story just keeps getting more convoluted...
on January 18,2013 | 10:57AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
This S-A story is all speculaltion. "A source close to the Te`o family" is just trying to spin and do damage control.
on January 18,2013 | 12:03PM
inverse wrote:
Exactly. Like the rail project got to protect the buggah at all costs, including lying. Works in Hawaii but won't work on the national scene.
on January 18,2013 | 12:11PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Huh,rail? Ur sic.
on January 18,2013 | 01:14PM
false wrote:
I think you got it. As this thing is spiraling out of control someone might just be trying to do some damage control.
on January 18,2013 | 01:18PM
BigOpu wrote:
That's why he needs to speak up! I really could care less if he does or not, because this makes for good reading entertainment. But to put out the fire, Manti is the source. If he doesn't squelch this bon fire soon, it'll turn into a wild fire out of control...not that's in any control right now. But more stupid conspiracies will devlelop. The Gay one cracks me up. Now there's pictures/jokes of him with arms around an invisible figure, calling it future dates. Poor guy, he can end it or let it go on. He's in control now.
on January 18,2013 | 12:55PM
Tipops wrote:
Loved and lost . . . . . on the internet
on January 18,2013 | 11:00AM
allie wrote:
odd Samoan conenction
on January 18,2013 | 12:10PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Conenction?
on January 18,2013 | 01:15PM
turbolink wrote:
Just another Allie conspiracy accusation...you know how it goes.
on January 18,2013 | 04:14PM
katoosh808 wrote:
Can this get any MORE crazy or weird.......well, I guess it can!
on January 18,2013 | 11:00AM
lokela wrote:
Is this the making of a movie? Getting deeper by the day....
on January 18,2013 | 11:00AM
false wrote:
It won't be not RUDY that for sure.
on January 18,2013 | 01:20PM
HawaiiKaiGuy wrote:
"BREAKING NEWS!" Diane O'meara called and said that she really wants to be Manti's girlfriend. No harm, no foul.
on January 18,2013 | 11:00AM
Ripoff wrote:
hahaha she is hot.......
on January 18,2013 | 11:33AM
boomshanker wrote:
Manti's just announced he's got one new girlfriend already - her name is Gilly Hicks.
on January 18,2013 | 12:15PM
Shawn211 wrote:
Oh..I heard it was "Kim Kardashian"
on January 18,2013 | 12:39PM
Nalukai wrote:
In any case, Te'o lied to the public. (period)
on January 18,2013 | 11:06AM
BigOpu wrote:
He didn't lie, he just held out. Maybe Notre Dame put him in this spot. Think about it. Heisman to be determined, upcoming National Championship. They didn't want to ruin the chance of either with the distractions and hits to credibility. Notre Dame backing away and washing their hands of it imho is just as bad. Why didn't they push for him to come clean when they heard about it back in early December?
on January 18,2013 | 01:00PM
false wrote:
HE LIED and the LONGER he does not talk the worse it is for him.
on January 18,2013 | 01:18PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Big Opu, someone calls Teo, 2 days before the Heisman. Makes a statement " Im still alive". All of this BS, two days before the Heisman? Do you think they are forces out there that can do it? Yes....wouldn't you try to investigate what's going on? Or make a statement at the Heisman of this phone call? Never heard or got a call since her death in September and now two days before the Heisman, this comes out. Yeah right.
on January 18,2013 | 01:22PM
lee1957 wrote:
By early December the Heisman voting was closed so this theory doesn't hold water.
on January 18,2013 | 06:30PM
Shawn211 wrote:
This should be televised as a series on the "SyFy" Channel. This is even getting better than watching "American Idol"..get it????
on January 18,2013 | 11:06AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Nuff already. Getting too weird.
on January 18,2013 | 11:07AM
allie wrote:
might be a Kahuku 'ting
on January 18,2013 | 12:07PM
honopic wrote:
No try fo speak pidgin, allie. only make more "A" den usual. Cannot even spell 'em right. It's "t'ing" u lolo! An' if u like bash Kahuku, go do it in person, not hide in your dorm room. Mo bettah -- go back ND!
on January 19,2013 | 09:20AM
gobows wrote:
We need Walter White to "take care" of this nonsense already..............
on January 18,2013 | 11:07AM
HOSSANA wrote:
Te'o has to be held accountable for perpetuating this hoax as he allowed the press or media to continue to play up the sympathy story line which enhanced his image and legacy. This is what people are missing in declaring Manti's innocence.
on January 18,2013 | 11:17AM
Allenk wrote:
I guess we need to wait for the next chapter to see what happens.
on January 18,2013 | 11:22AM
808BigE wrote:
At the same time. If the girl you loved called you months after having allegedly passed away, saying she had to fake her own death to elude drug dealers...would you blow the lid on it? Or would you keep the secret and fight to keep your girl safe from harm? I understand he deceived the public for a month, but would you have done different and put a person you love in harms way, and in the spotlight of the media? If we look at him as a person before an athlete, we should all be able to understand wanting to protect the ones we love with any means necessary, including deception.
on January 18,2013 | 12:10PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
10-4
on January 18,2013 | 01:17PM
false wrote:
You're right, only Manti can write the final chapter.
on January 18,2013 | 01:22PM
lee1957 wrote:
Personally, "the girl I loved" would have made at least one face to face appearance before becoming "the girl I loved."
on January 18,2013 | 06:33PM
anykineguy wrote:
Garans ball bearings the guy is one mahu. He wen make up da story so nobody ask why he no like wahines. No shame cuz, I one mahu too. Loud and proud brah! You get one chance for make history right here. As fo all da lies, well da fruit don't fall far from the green banana tree.
on January 18,2013 | 11:21AM
DaFaTMuLiz wrote:
ho mean... we have a racist ova hea...why gotta be one green banana tree.. all banana's come from a banana tree... unless you come from something else you banana...
on January 18,2013 | 11:57AM
BigOpu wrote:
ha! good one
on January 18,2013 | 01:01PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
too much Primo?
on January 18,2013 | 01:18PM
konag43 wrote:
otterly silly. worry about your own lives not that of others. his personal life is his business. somebody close to the family ha. obviously not a friend
on January 18,2013 | 11:25AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
On the contrary, Manti is well known in the sports world and especially football. Now that Manti's stock has so to speak fallen, he may fall to one of these teams: 49ers, Falcons, Ravens or Patriots, who no doubt would draft him and not let him get below the first round.
on January 18,2013 | 12:09PM
Sully77 wrote:
WALTER WHO???...LOL
on January 18,2013 | 11:25AM
jimbone wrote:
Manti, when you make the millions, for a small fee I can take care of this Tuiasosopo guy..
on January 18,2013 | 11:34AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Make u there are no traces back to Te'o. The FBI does a great job, u know.
on January 18,2013 | 12:07PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Make sure. Omg how did my comment get approved? I did not have proper grammar.
on January 18,2013 | 12:11PM
inverse wrote:
I think the guy has already been taken care of and you would only be a third wheel.
on January 19,2013 | 12:49AM
ezridah wrote:
fool me once...shame on you ...fool me twice.....
on January 18,2013 | 11:35AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
There is a segment of literature called fiction, and it includes the famous Shakespeare. So does The Honolulu Star-Advertiser really believe this drug story? Who knows? Right? This could be an exclusive, however if the Te'o family is spinning another set of fiction, then buyer be aware. Then again, the longer this fiction goes on, the more damage to the Te'o name.

On the other hand Randy Moss became an All-Pro despite rumors of his character flaws, although those character flaws were later proven to be true, to some extent.

Remember in Civil Court, the verdict does not have to be unanimous, as in Criminal Court. If there was any crime committed here is that, no wait a minute. There is no crime here. Just the As The Te'o Turns, the life and times of a famous sports personality, that will live in infamy.


on January 18,2013 | 12:01PM
hawaiifivo wrote:
hahah, typical Punahou alumni
on January 18,2013 | 11:35AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
So was the name HawaiiFiveO taken already?
on January 18,2013 | 11:54AM
808BigE wrote:
LMFAO!
on January 18,2013 | 12:14PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
ty ty ty
on January 18,2013 | 01:18PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
So who was the woman that the family said they saw in Hawaii. The one who was holding hands and looking into each other's eyes? This is getting to be a reality show, just add a Kardashian and a few drunks.
on January 18,2013 | 11:38AM
Valleyisle57 wrote:
Darn,,,,,,someone lied to me....its 50 Shades of Teo!!!!!!!!!!!!
on January 18,2013 | 11:53AM
Valleyisle57 wrote:
40 Shades of Teo
on January 18,2013 | 11:51AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
22. He is only 22.
on January 18,2013 | 12:05PM
Masami wrote:
Nuff auready! I can understand people "meeting" on-line and believing they're "who they say they are", yet after a while one can pick up inconsistencies and realize SOMETHING'S NOT RIGHT. After 3 YEARS Manti couldn't figure this out? I'm sorry, but this "tail" has grown feathers, its waddling, and quacking very loudly. The hole is VERY DEEP.....................please stop digging auready.
on January 18,2013 | 12:20PM
Masami wrote:
BELIEVING YOUR STORY, you brought great pride to the State of Hawaii and you even stated in an interview that I saw on the television that that is one of your goals.....to make the State of Hawaii proud. I dunno.........the more you STAY SILENT and keep weaving this story....its NO LONGER BELIEVABLE and any "benefit of the doubt" has probably disappeared. So sad. The future was yours for the taking. You didn't need to go this route. You'll probably still make millions, yet if you value that more than yours and your families reputation...............AUWE.
on January 18,2013 | 12:44PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
man i had some difficulty in romance and i wish i could get all of this attention lol.
on January 18,2013 | 01:20PM
maya wrote:
Lets put ourself in Teo's place. A good looking guy, probably has girls falling all over him. You then "fall in love" with someone you have never met in person, and communicate via the internet. You dont even skype.How can you be in love with someone you have never met? And if you just happened to be in love, would you seriously keep a girlfriend who has drug dealers trying to kill her? You are facing a career with the NFL, with millions of dollars to be earned in product endorsements. Would you keep this girl, or run away as fast as you can. We are not stupid, and can detect BS when presented to us.
on January 18,2013 | 12:25PM
bluebowl wrote:
Agree.
on January 18,2013 | 01:48PM
bobbob wrote:
how can you have a girlfriend you never even met before?
on January 18,2013 | 03:47PM
Allenk wrote:
I am sorry, you can chat on facebook and talk on cell phones all you want, but nothing beats being with the one you love IN PERSON! A three year romance without any physical interaction seems very far fetched.
on January 18,2013 | 07:39PM
Iuki wrote:
So was there really some woman who was acting the part of the girlfriend when she called Matti, or can his Samoan "friend" disguise his voice somehow? The more read, the more I feel sorry for Matti, although he did enjoy all the sympathy and attention a bit too much.
on January 18,2013 | 12:28PM
pgkemp wrote:
more b.s....
on January 18,2013 | 12:38PM
livealoha wrote:
Te'o can clear his name once and for all by two things, provide the media or authorities with his nonexistent girlfriends phone number and his own phone record of the supposedly numerous calls that he made to her. With that simple amount information all of this silliness would stop and the hoax would be believable. If I were accused of this I would provide every means possible to clear my name of any wrong doing.
on January 18,2013 | 12:53PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Yes lol there is a social media outlet called You Tube. I am sure Manti would get a million or more views on his You Tube video. The most i got on one of mine was just over 400 and it was one of my car.
on January 18,2013 | 01:23PM
PCWarrior wrote:
This is why he's not talking. When they ask him for the phone records and he cannot produce them, his whole little game will fall down. He said he was on the phone with her every night for four months. Yet she's dying and he don't go see her or go to the funeral. Now its drug dealers? Only chumps like Bobby Curren going believe all this baloney.
on January 18,2013 | 01:27PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
EVERY night? Omg
on January 18,2013 | 01:30PM
false wrote:
Alien abduction next? This thing is sure getting a lot of print.
on January 18,2013 | 01:17PM
false wrote:
come on Manti...SPEAK UP and TELL the TRUTH... You have LOST a LOT of RESPECT from your fans.
on January 18,2013 | 01:17PM
primo1 wrote:
This has reality TV series written all over it. Forget about the NFL Monti, you've just found your new career...
on January 18,2013 | 01:24PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No script, just a regular press conference with questions from the media. If u do not want to answer, just say no comment. I am sure this incident is fresh in your mind, including all the way back to 2009, so if there were any fabrications and half-truths, just deal with it. Remember that u can still use the Fifth Amendment, and that this is not a pop quiz or mid-term or final. If u r studying for classes at Notre Dame then that is excusable. However news media reports show that u r in Florida preparing for the NFL draft. Please also make sure Manti that u graduate from Notre Dame.
on January 18,2013 | 01:29PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Oh WOW! An "EXCLUSIVE"!
on January 18,2013 | 01:34PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Ferd will not get paid any more than he normally does. I confirmed this with Erika Engle.
on January 18,2013 | 01:38PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
"According to the account, Te'o asked the woman to transmit a photo to him with a date stamp, which she did, but this did not allay his suspicions and he later told his family and Notre Dame officials about being scammed." This proves it is a scam. With the thousands of Co-Eds on the Notre Dame Campus itself, i am sure Manti will produce a girlfriend he had been dating all along from the Notre Dame campus and shock us all. After all Mike Golic himself, the father of Mike Golic, Jr., met his wife on the Notre Dame Campus.
on January 18,2013 | 01:37PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
"According to the account, Te'o asked the woman to transmit a photo to him with a date stamp, which she did, but this did not allay his suspicions and he later told his family and Notre Dame officials about being scammed." This proves it is a scam. With the thousands of Co-Eds on the Notre Dame Campus itself, i am sure Manti will produce a girlfriend he had been dating all along from the Notre Dame campus and shock us all. After all Mike Golic himself, the father of Mike Golic, Jr., met his wife on the Notre Dame Campus.
on January 18,2013 | 01:37PM
Sunny wrote:
The END!
on January 18,2013 | 01:52PM
hvagd1 wrote:
Sounds like a Hollywood script is in the making....First Rudy, now Manti....
on January 18,2013 | 01:52PM
Mythman wrote:
Let's see, cancer, right? The girlfriend has cancer and dies, and this makes the suckers feel sorry for the "heroic" football player. The suckers are the marks, not the football player. And Dr. Greenwood is selling her new building using cancer. The building will find a cure for cancer. See how this works? Play on your emotions about death to spin your sorry arse in a direction they want you to go in to their benefit. No one at SA has the bawls to not go along because their bosses are in on it with the powerful and wealthy who play this sick game.....
on January 18,2013 | 02:02PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Media is power.
on January 18,2013 | 02:53PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I hope the Saturday Night Live crew is following.
on January 18,2013 | 02:10PM
dlum003 wrote:
This thing just keps getting creepier everyday
on January 18,2013 | 02:16PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
omg, it is 3:50pm and only now it the first time i seen today's print edition. The print edition is really mo bettah, as the locals say, for those of us that are along in years. I seen on the upper half of front page that u guys at HSA think that Manti's silence is really damaging him, with your big shouting out headline saying DAMAGING SILENCE. This is almost turning into a national circus, and that if this is the case, then Manti, u need to schedule a press conference as soon as possible. Ferd Lewis may not be able to fly to it on a moment's notice, however all national media will be there.
on January 18,2013 | 02:50PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
omg, it is 3:50pm and only now it the first time i seen today's print edition. The print edition is really mo bettah, as the locals say, for those of us that are along in years. I seen on the upper half of front page that u guys at HSA think that Manti's silence is really damaging him, with your big shouting out headline saying DAMAGING SILENCE. This is almost turning into a national circus, and that if this is the case, then Manti, u need to schedule a press conference as soon as possible. Ferd Lewis may not be able to fly to it on a moment's notice, however all national media will be there.
on January 18,2013 | 02:50PM
pridon wrote:
Are we sure the UH AD wasn't involved Maybe this was created as a diversion - just came to late to save JD.
on January 18,2013 | 03:21PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
JD = Jim Donovan? Oh okay.

This entire Soap Opera was a hoax maybe in an attempt to throw off Notre Dame so that Alabama would defeat them and looks like it worked. Looks like Manti Teo succeeded in his own demise. If i were Manti, i would have completely remained silent about the entire incident. Not even a peep of a word to Notre Dame, and of all the days Manti selected to let them know, December 26 was terrible, only two weeks before The BCS Championship game. That was timing at its worst. Now it appears that all of this in the media has thrown a cloud of insecurity into the entire 2012 Notre Dame season. If Manti was about to use this Soap Opera as an excuse that The Fighting Irish got clobbered in the championship game, then Manti, u made three mistakes. One to let Notre Dame know about this incident, two for this attempt to deflect criticism away from yourself for losing the championship game and three for this damaging silence.


on January 18,2013 | 05:07PM
heluhelu wrote:
LOL! Hey Ferd? I got 2 x tickets to the Stevie Wonder concert on April 1 -- with your name already on'em. Just just luvin it!
on January 18,2013 | 03:50PM
hawaii_io wrote:
Manti Teo and his family is so deep in their bull***t, and that is why they ain't saying anything right now! They're working on their next batch of lies to cover up for all the BS stories they had been telling sports writers throughout the season. C'mon bruddah, you're dad (Brian) is on record saying that he "Met" his girlfriend, even saying that she visited the family in Hawaii? How can this be, if she DOES NOT EXIST? Manti even is on tape talking about his "Girlfriend", after supposedly being told that the whole thing was a hoax! Why was he still making like she was real? And all these people coming forward trying to cover his "Hoax", trying to take the pressure off of Manti, is sickening! BOTTOM LINE Bruddah's & Sistah's....Manti Teo and his Ohana all played along in this story about this make believe girlfriend! As far as I am concerned, they need to come forard and tell the truth! They need to stop making the people of Laie look like a bunch of idiots, as they try to defend this boy! The rest of Hawaii and the Nation know that Manti was "Bull"""""ing", so it's time for him and his family to give it up!!!! The Hoax is on them, and not on us! MAN UP BRAH!!!!!
on January 18,2013 | 04:21PM
Loki wrote:
This guy, his family and friends are all full of it. What about Reagan saying the girl actually existed when it was reported that she was fake already. Unbelievable!
on January 18,2013 | 04:28PM
thanks4reading wrote:
no crime committed. Let's move on. Son good luck in the NFL and hopefully this will be your worse problem in life.
on January 18,2013 | 04:30PM
maya wrote:
You dont think that there is consequences to lying- that everything is A OK- and he should just play football? This is the reason why our country is losing its moral ground. We excuse bad behavior- instead of making judgements about it.
on January 18,2013 | 05:37PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Ah come on, this is just a sweet story of a famous football player and the completely fabricated non-existent love of his life. The one the parents liked so much during her seemingly impossible (because she didn't exist) visit to Hawaii. What's to criticize?
on January 18,2013 | 05:50PM
starripoff wrote:
As nasty and cruel as the national media has been, I am shocked and ashamed how Hawaii has treated Manti. Agree with many others that he needs to speak soon but I cannot believe people here aren't willing to wait and pass judgement until after he explains. That's not how Hawaii does it. Has anyone considered the toll this has taken on him emotionally from finding out he was duped to the media, bloggers etc. just slamminig him calling him names? I'm older than Manti and I''m not sure I could live through it or handle it. I hope someone is there watching out for his emotional well being and that he doesn't hurt himself. That would be tragic. For now, I'm praying for him. Haters - don't need to respond because I could care less.
on January 18,2013 | 05:51PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Manti Teo... the making of a Legend. And what a story it's become, things could not have been any worse for him the last month. Too bad.
on January 18,2013 | 08:28PM
HOSSANA wrote:
"Manti played the news media for fools when they bought and expounded on the death of his "girlfriend". Journalists and sports announcers played it up and Manti went right along with it and embellished on it for them."
on January 19,2013 | 01:38AM
HOSSANA wrote:
Manti has to be held accountable for allowing the press or media to continuously print stories on his emotional courage which led to enhancing his image and legacy which played a role in him winning all the awards.
on January 19,2013 | 01:40AM
Dawg wrote:
Stop with the poor Manti. He is an adult about to sign a multi million dollar contract. You want me to believe he did not know if was a hoax. Ah Dah where is the bathroom? I have to pee pee. Come on the guy is even more a CON MAN!
on January 19,2013 | 02:58AM
inverse wrote:
Right now the guy is going down in flames. Hope he does not turn out to be another Colt Brennan. That would be truly sad.
on January 19,2013 | 11:46AM
ahi1pfb wrote:
I can see that the A'ama crabs are out in full force.!
on January 19,2013 | 04:31AM
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