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Man admitted duping Te'o, woman tells ESPN

By Ferd Lewis

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LAST UPDATED: 11:40 a.m. HST, Jan 18, 2013


The man alleged to be behind the hoax of Manti Te'o's girlfriend admitted duping the Notre Dame All-American linebacker, a woman told ESPN's Outside the Lines program.

The woman, whose identity was not revealed, said Ronaiah Tuiasosopo of California cried when he reportedly admitted being involved in the scam. 

"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.'"

The woman, described by ESPN as in her 20s and a church friend of Tuiasosopo, said, "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 hoax played on them by Tuiasosopo.

Te'o in a statement released Wednesday said he was embarrassed to acknowledge that he was the victim in an elaborate hoax in which he had a long-distance online and phone relationship with a fictitious woman, whom he knew as Lennay Kekua.

A Notre Dame official also said Wednesday that they believed that Te'o was the victim in the hoax. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Te'o learned on Dec. 6 that the purported September death of his "girlfriend" was ficticious when the woman who he believed to be Kekua called him.

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

The whole bizarre case became national news after the website deadspin.com published a story Wednesday that Kekua did not exist. 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.

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OldDiver wrote:
Interesting. Has Ronaiah Tuiasosopo been given a deal to take to fall by himself? Is this why the delay in Manti's statement? Manti's failure to be candid about this incident is to blame for all the speculation.
on January 18,2013 | 07:50AM
walaau808 wrote:
How would you handle this situation? It can't be easy either way. No matter what Manti ends up saying some will believe and some won't. Does he really owe any of us an explanation? His life is his own, and he will have to live with his mistakes just as you and I have to live with ours.
on January 18,2013 | 08:31AM
aomohoa wrote:
Could money be involved? Maybe he was paid to say Manti was not involved at all.Who knows. I agree Manti should have addressed the issue before it came out like this. It I was him I would have been very upset and would have wanted to tell the world before it came out.
on January 18,2013 | 08:35AM
Tenatwelve wrote:
I agree.. I find it hard to believe that a 22 year old would have a several year, online, long distance relationship with someone and not SKYPE. If Manti SKYPED, he would have seen that the person in the online picture was not the person he was really talking too. This paper should be trying to interview Manti's childhood, high school and college buddy Robby Toma. I bet he knows the real scoop
on January 18,2013 | 08:39AM
busterb wrote:
You know these stories always play out one way or another. Why listen to all of the drivel? Just wait and stop speculating. Then when it's over you will have a whole pile of stones to throw.
on January 18,2013 | 08:40AM
allie wrote:
The one thing for sure: manti is a huge bore who lacks maturity and judgment. I hope we don't have to hear about this mess any more. It makes Punahou and Hawaii look bad.
on January 18,2013 | 09:33AM
8082062424 wrote:
A bore allie really ? List of prep awards Hawaii State Defensive Player of the Decade (2000–2009) 2008 Butkus Award (HS) 2008 Sporting News High School Athlete of the Year 2008 USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year 2009 PARADE All-American 2008 Gatorade Hawaii Football Player of the Year 2007 Gatorade Hawaii Football Player of the Year 2008 Hawaii State Defensive Player of the Year 2007 Hawaii State Defensive Player of the Year 2008 Punahou Aina Award 2009 All-American Donny Martin Award And that not counting the awards he has won in college. What have you done? besides get a free ride to college out here. what have you achieved ? people like you make Hawaii look bad
on January 18,2013 | 10:15AM
waikane_honolulu wrote:
1
on January 18,2013 | 10:27AM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
Allie, or Euphrosyne, whatever you go by nowadays. You are confusing maturity for for naiveness. How is it you can spin any idea, thought, story or theory into your backwards twisted negative points. You have absolutely no clue as to how destructive your own thought process is. Your ideas are not even your own ideas. You read about an issue-look for the bad (never the good), formulate your little statement, which is generally borderline prejudicial, and expect people to follow you down your little snakehole of negativity. SA should find a way to ban you from these forums, and I for 1 am starting a petition to have you removed from this site and only wish it could include a legal order to have you sent back to North Dakota.
on January 18,2013 | 10:29AM
turbolink wrote:
This entry is Pulitzer Prize material! AMEN!
on January 18,2013 | 10:58AM
peanutgallery wrote:
It looks now like the cat's out. He lied, and had lots of help. Very sad commentary on the people around him that knew it was fraud, and kept covering for him. Friends and family. He took advantage of the kindness and naiveté' of those around him in an incredibly dishonest way. This kid should be shunned, along with all those who participated in the cruel hoax. He tried to manipulate his career with a cruel lie. Many of us have friends and family that have succumbed to the same disease this kid sought to profit from. An apology shouldn't cut this kid any slack. His action was devious and intentionally cruel. Tuiasosopo has his own road to hoe. He definitly tried to help this kid by adding witness to the fabrication.
on January 18,2013 | 09:38AM
HOSSANA wrote:
People are still missing the point on this hoax. Yes, Manti was a victim of the hoax but where he was wrong and this is what a local sports radio talk show host fails to point out is that Manti continue to perpetuate this lie and continued to receive national press on his courageous act of emotion when Manti said in a Sept. 23 interview about her death that she wanted him to continue to play football and not attend funeral, that the father also said in the Oct. interview that the girl came to Hawaii and met his son and father said that he wouldn't mind having her as a dtr. in law and the worse part is that Manti allowed this press to print sympathy stories showing him in grief and bringing public sympathy on his persona and this definitely, I repeat, definitely influenced him getting all those football awards. The local radio sports talk show host is deliberately eschewing the bottom line on this hoax and that Manti is guilty of perpetuating this hoax and taking advantage of the press of the death of his online girlfriend.
on January 18,2013 | 07:53AM
hanoz808 wrote:
thank you!
on January 18,2013 | 08:05AM
OldDiver wrote:
Fails to explain that even his teammates suspected something wasn't right are the staged death. Fails to explain why even students on campus knew Lennay wasn't Manti's GF and suspected funny business. From TV interviews teammates and the Notre Dame student body were the only ones not caught off guard by this hoax.
on January 18,2013 | 08:14AM
walaau808 wrote:
It's real easy to make those comments AFTER the fact...
on January 18,2013 | 08:37AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
OD ,I didn't see any ND athlete interviewed after the fact? Where?
on January 18,2013 | 09:26AM
aomohoa wrote:
Sorry, thought:)
on January 18,2013 | 08:38AM
ARCH_808 wrote:
He might have been given more media but he earned those awards. Don't rob him of his hardwork and dedication to the program.
on January 18,2013 | 08:19AM
HOSSANA wrote:
Can you honestly say that he deserved the Maxwell Award which goes to the outstanding college football player? NO WAY!! One game does not make a player but in the Pittsburgh game that went overtime, Manti was a non-factor and certainly he was no where close to being even an average player in the BCS championship game. Don't get me wrong, I feel that Manti is a truly outstanding football player but he definitely was not the outstanding college football player this year but the press and or, media played up the sympathy factor with the loss of his grandmother and girlfriend and that definitely influenced, I repeat, definitely influenced him winning the Maxwell Award.
on January 18,2013 | 08:57AM
allie wrote:
Notre dame is terrified about more national bad press for their scandal-plagued team. I am amazed that you people are unaware of that. Manti putting what we thought was his good name behind that is shocking. Yes, he allowed himself to be used by big-time PR teams covering up scandal at the football factory call ND.
on January 18,2013 | 09:35AM
turbolink wrote:
You people? Once again our ambassador from the great state of North Dakota reminds us where we stand.
on January 18,2013 | 09:45AM
kennie1933 wrote:
Spot on comment! Additionally, there was an interview with a teammate yesterday who said that Manti LOVED attention. He described how Manti would even point himself out to others in the room if he appeared on TV. Being duped is sad, and I feel for him. But then, using it to bring attention to himself and possibly boost his Heisman status was wrong. He found out the truth on December 6. It should have been brought to light back then and not wait over a month later.
on January 18,2013 | 08:26AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
All athletes love attention. Who was this ND team mate?
on January 18,2013 | 09:28AM
Mahalo wrote:
I think but I am not him, but looking at it from another angle is he continued to hide it because he was so embarrassed. He is a good looking guy, popular, young, healthy probably gets lots of girl offers, and to have this happen to him he was disgraced. Not to mention as a polynissian man, this disgrace carried onto the family. I am not sure what I would do either. I am thinking having her die off he thought would end it and the embarrassment would go away.
on January 18,2013 | 08:34AM
Allenk wrote:
The problem is using the hoax to play a sympathy card with the press and the public to further your own popularity. I am surprised that someone in his camp did not think that this would eventually be uncovered or revealed. We are a large city, but in reality a very small town.
on January 18,2013 | 09:26AM
allie wrote:
yup
on January 18,2013 | 09:35AM
walaau808 wrote:
Do you really think it's that easy for Manti to come out and admit that what he truly believed was false? Guess you've never had a conflict between head and heart before. He had to answer those questions even after the **** hit the fan for him - do you think you could openly admit your personal failures on a national stage with all that was going on around him at the time? I think he deserved those awards for what he did on the field of play. None of those awards (unlike the Heisman) was based on off field actions. It is so easy for people to judge others, but I know for certain that none of you is perfect in any way. Thank goodness you aren't an outstanding athlete whose personal life is left up to intense scrutiny, huh?
on January 18,2013 | 08:36AM
aomohoa wrote:
Maybe when he found out he taught it would all just go away when she "died"?
on January 18,2013 | 08:37AM
livealoha wrote:
I agree! No matter what he was wrong.
on January 18,2013 | 08:55AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
He got those awards because he is a great college football player! The most decorated in NCAA history. That's a fact. Asks those committees and sportswriters if they gave Teo a sympathy vote. A hundred out of a hundred would say NO. Hard for people to accept that a kid from Hawaii or even a Polynesian to garner such accolaids. An All American.
on January 18,2013 | 09:24AM
allie wrote:
very true
on January 18,2013 | 09:33AM
koji wrote:
All Manti had to say when he found out it was all a lie was that they broke up. By carrying on letting the media believe that he was a sympathetic figure makes him look really bad.
on January 18,2013 | 07:58AM
OldDiver wrote:
If this was the case, from TV interviews with students and team mates it appears only Manti didn't realize it was a hoax.
on January 18,2013 | 08:17AM
walaau808 wrote:
Again, after the fact assumptions without any hard evidence. Now that everything is out, every ND football player and student is saying that they knew...BS
on January 18,2013 | 08:39AM
Shawn211 wrote:
LOL....This gets funnier each time! Oprah..where are you????
on January 18,2013 | 07:59AM
Malani wrote:
Wouldn't be surprise if Oprah is working on it now. Hope she gets both Ronaiah and Manti on her show. But of course together.
on January 18,2013 | 08:25AM
warriorrebel wrote:
forget Oprah, this is Jerry Springer!!! Bring Manti and Ronaiah on stage and have them duke it out!
on January 18,2013 | 08:35AM
bumbye wrote:
I agree! (But they are not Southern enough.)
on January 18,2013 | 06:52PM
aomohoa wrote:
I don't know, she didn't get the whole truth out of Lance:)
on January 18,2013 | 08:38AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Yeah, during Oprah's interview with Lance Armstrong all she did was throw power-puff questions at him. She never challenged him on anything.
on January 18,2013 | 08:57AM
brian606 wrote:
who is deadspin.com and how is it some internet site figured this out before any of the "real" journalists?
on January 18,2013 | 08:01AM
mamacita808 wrote:
I was wondering the same thing.
on January 18,2013 | 08:07AM
posterized09 wrote:
A member of the investigative party that ND hired to investigate, leaded the info. You guys need to read other sources instead of just one source.
on January 18,2013 | 08:20AM
olos73 wrote:
"He was crying; he was literally crying." What a WIMP! He wanted national attention because he was eliminated in one of those reality shows. Can't remember which one. Couldn't sing or dance, but got your name and picture all over the news. Yeah, now you got all the attention you wanted. It also affects your family. So, when people hear the Tuiasosopo name, shame. Hope you get plenty money to pay for lawsuits and damages.
on January 18,2013 | 08:15AM
serious wrote:
Tuiasosopo is a famous name in sports, both football and baseball--I hope an investigator gets to the bottom of this. As far as I know the family--if he's part of that family--has always had a clean record and been outstanding in their sports.
on January 18,2013 | 08:16AM
walaau808 wrote:
Doesn't mean they don't have rotten apples on that family tree, just like the rest of us...
on January 18,2013 | 08:40AM
posterized09 wrote:
I'm sure many of you got "duped" in online chats thinking someone was an Online Beauty when in fact he/she was an Online Booty. LOL. Why is it so hard to believe that he got duped? This kinda thing happens every day.
on January 18,2013 | 08:18AM
walaau808 wrote:
Agreed, it happens way more often then people will admit because it's shameful...
on January 18,2013 | 08:41AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
The problem is that Manti Te`o, his family, and the Notre Dame Athletics Department parlayed the tragic story of his dying girlfriend into national fame and a chance at the Heisman. THAT'S the reprehensible thing here. People get duped, yeah, but they shut up about it afterwards. Manti didn't, even after he found out he had been "hoaxed" on Dec. 6. Either he's very stupid, or he totally lacks character.
on January 18,2013 | 09:01AM
Malani wrote:
What one does in secret will always be brought to light.
on January 18,2013 | 08:22AM
awahana wrote:
"...a church friend..."
WOW.
So much for 'practicing what they preach.' I find more honest people OUTSIDE of church, than inside. I still go, but so MUCH hypocrisy every Sunday...
on January 18,2013 | 08:28AM
AlohaKakou wrote:
Was the friend a pastor?
on January 18,2013 | 09:18AM
bumbye wrote:
Yeah. What kind of morals and character are they promoting? Some church.
on January 18,2013 | 06:54PM
jm3 wrote:
so what about the people that said the had met Kekua? They are all lieing too?
on January 18,2013 | 08:29AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Either these other people are lying, or they lack knowledge of what actually happened but are coming to defense of Manti Te`o in a "plynesian" way of "circling the wagons" to take the heat off him. Remember all the people who came to the defense of Jerry Sandusky after the charges were made against him but before his trial, or all the people, including many sports writers and bloggers, who came to the defense of Lance Armstyrong over the years who now admit they were duped.
on January 18,2013 | 09:06AM
bumbye wrote:
They apparently met the imposter. How were they to know she wasn't really Lennay?
on January 18,2013 | 06:56PM
HOSSANA wrote:
I know I'm being redundant but a popular radio sports talk show host in Honolulu is purposedly missing the point on Manti Te'o as its not so much he is a victim of a hoax which has been revealed that he certainly was but he has to be held accountable on the following: "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. " Even his Notre Dame teammates knew this and therefore, Manti is guilty of taking advantage of this situation which is just as worse as being the victim of this hoax.
on January 18,2013 | 08:35AM
busterb wrote:
Is that the kind of stuff they do at church? Sounds like fun!
on January 18,2013 | 08:38AM
kahuku01 wrote:
How ignorant you sound. Only because you know that he is LDS you would bring up the church? The church has nothing to do with this issue but for some reason or another whenever an LDS is involved with wrongdoing people like you would mention the church involvement. I'm sure if the shooters in Aurora or Shady Hook were identified as LDS, you would have mentioned the same. Just think there are many crimes committed by people of other religions but only when it is know that the person is an LDS, people like you would make a mention of it. Don't even go there. Just shows how prejudice you are about the LDS faith.
on January 18,2013 | 09:24AM
bumbye wrote:
Buster didn't say anything about LDS or even Manti. The ARTICLE said the woman was church friends with Tuiasosopo.
on January 18,2013 | 07:00PM
bumbye wrote:
LOL. Not even LDS. It's Oasis Christian Church in Antelope Valley. Ronaiah's Uncle Titus is pastor.
on January 20,2013 | 12:34PM
blackmurano wrote:
Mante Teo snubbed our Warrior football team and instead selected to go to the mainland and play for Notre Damne. He probably told Hawaii football recruiters, "thanks, but no thanks." He didn't have the courtesy at least to visit the Manoa campus and give the Warrior football team a consideration. As far as I am concern, the kid went away to play for a mainland university. His new fans is his new home Notre Dame. I really don't think it's any great news to any Warrior football fans about a kid that snubbed Hawaii and went away.
on January 18,2013 | 08:43AM
bumbye wrote:
Umm, wouldn't you chose ND over UH and McCrackin.
on January 18,2013 | 07:03PM
kahuku01 wrote:
What concern is it to all that have been involved, negative or speculating about this whole ordeal including the media. First of all, has anyone on this blog been personally hurt by what has transpired within the past several days? It's not anyones business to pry or speculate what should, could or would happen to Manti. If it is a hoax, I'm sure Manti is embarrassed after being in the limelight throughout the football season and hopefully everyone will let him be the one to make things right. At this time of his career, he doesn't deserve all the thrash talking and negative remarks especially when he has not done harm to any of you except the hurt and embarrassment to himself and family. Haters: just think if this was your son, relative or friend, your choice of words would probably be different and hopefully we all will be able to support him when his down and not stomp him.
on January 18,2013 | 08:43AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
C'mon. Msanti Te`o and his family set himself up as a role model. HE courted the limelight. As a celebrity, his actions are fair game for the media. If Mitt Romney were not a celebrity because of his politcal career, would anybody care how much he paid in income taxes? No. It's the same thing. If Manti Te`o actusally believed that his online girlfriend was in an accident and then dying from cancer, all he had to do was keep it personal---like most people dealing with a tagedy like that would do. Instead, it's publiczed to get sympathy for him because he was playing so well despite the "emotional hardship" and losing his grandmother and girlfriend on the same day. Therefore, he was a candidate for the prestigious Heisman Trophy.Manti Te`o's involvement in this situation is a slap in the face to all the young kids in Hawaii who looked up to him as a role model. That's why he owes an explanation to the general public.
on January 18,2013 | 09:20AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Kekoa, he doesn't need to explain to anything to you. Kids in Hawaii will always respect him. They don't listen to this bull, but they watch the football games he play in. We in Hawaii know how good he is by watching him play for Kahuku and Punahou. That's a fact.
on January 18,2013 | 09:35AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
You obviously don't have any kids.
on January 18,2013 | 12:11PM
Graham wrote:
Manti Te'o should say.."I was duped...I made a mistake,,thank you, goodnight.' No more comments...
on January 18,2013 | 08:51AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Graham, he did say that.
on January 18,2013 | 09:36AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Where is the woman who Manti believed was Kekua whom he spent hours and hours on the phone talkiing to?
on January 18,2013 | 08:52AM
Rcollier1941 wrote:
Teó will still go early in the draft...however he will be the butt joke of every locker room in the NFL. "who died today" LOL!
on January 18,2013 | 08:52AM
knowsy8 wrote:
So Manti was actually talking to a guy? This keeps getting stranger and stranger.
on January 18,2013 | 08:55AM
knowsy8 wrote:
Whoops, never mind. A USATODAY article said that Tuiasosopo had his female cousin talk with Manti.
on January 18,2013 | 09:02AM
Loyalty wrote:
In three years, the relationship was soley based on " phone conversations"??? In all that time he never skyped once??? What about those trips to Hawaii??? Too many holes in the story. He needs to come out already and somehow set the record straight.
on January 18,2013 | 09:17AM
turbolink wrote:
Apparently love is blind.
on January 18,2013 | 09:46AM
cojef wrote:
Something really stinks, and this is not end to it. Ironic, the Lance Armstrong debacle of lies, the controversy of the failure get into baseball "Hall of Fame" by the 3 principals connected to using performance enhancing drugs. All sports related individuals. Sometimes I wonder if it is all shibai like pro-wrestling. Wonder if down the road, a full confession will emerge, embrassing a number of close friends.
on January 18,2013 | 09:10AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
What? Pro-wrestling is fake? When did this happen" Who knew about this?
on January 18,2013 | 09:50AM
HOSSANA wrote:
Personally, being a victim is not the real issue here. Manti should be held accountable for the following: "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. " Nothing more and nothing less.
on January 18,2013 | 09:17AM
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 18,2013 | 09:18AM
blackmurano wrote:
Manti Teo was offered a scholarship to play for our Warrior football team when he graduated from Punahou. He snubbed our Warrior football team in favor of playing for a mainland team Notre Dame. He didn't have the coutesy to visit the Manoa campus but probably told our Warrior recruiters, "thanks, but no thanks." So it shouldn't be any interest for Hawaii fans for someone snubbing our State University. News of Manti Teo should be the interest of his current mainland base fans, Notre Dame.
on January 18,2013 | 09:18AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Most locals say go play for Pac12. no exposure in Hawaii. Most NFL Hawaii born players went to a mainland power house. That's a fact. We still cheer for them.
on January 18,2013 | 09:39AM
blackmurano wrote:
Most locals? i don't think so. Only a non-Hawaii football fans will say something like that. Hawaii fans love their football team, our Warrior football team. Cheers go up when a top notch local kid decides to stay home and play in front of their family and friends. But if a local kid decides to go to the mainland and not our State university, it's their choice. When they leave for the mainland, they will have new fans at their mainland schools. Hawaii fans, excluding their family, will soon forget the kid that went away. We love our Hawaii Warrior team and always prefer our local kids stay home and not go away. We have sent many Warrior football players to the NFL upon their school graduation. So there is opportunity here to play in the NFL. But again, I don't think our local fans will cheer them when they snubbed our Warrior football team !
on January 18,2013 | 10:00AM
bumbye wrote:
Hawaii fans are fair weather fans. Look at the attendance figures. They're not even giving Chow a chance, calling for his head after 1/2 a season. Great players are better off playing for big-time mainland schools.
on January 18,2013 | 07:08PM
peanutgallery wrote:
The cat's out. He lied. Friends and family helped him, as did Tuiasosopo. This is an incredibly shameful story, but what's new?
on January 18,2013 | 09:41AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I'm taking up a collection to help defray Lennay Kekua's funeral expenses. If you would like to donate, please send cash only to me in care of this newspaper. Give generously. Thank you.
on January 18,2013 | 09:49AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
How about if we send you "virtual" cash? After all, it will be a "virtuakl" funeral, right. I plan on sending "virtual" koden to the Kekua family, too.
on January 18,2013 | 12:14PM
Anonymous wrote:
Richard Nixon lied about Watergate which caused his downfall. Bill Clinton admitted the affair with Lewinsky, apologized and the nation forgave him. Manti, you should come out and tell the truth, fans will forgive you. If you tried to cover a lie with another lie; eventually you'll forget your own lies.
on January 18,2013 | 09:50AM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
I'm so sick of this story. He's gay and he had to keep up with all the guys so he imaged this girl. So what. He dreamed he death - so what. Question for the NFL - Is this going to hurt his career? If not - life goes on. Is he a good football player? If he is then okay. Who cares - he is not a movie actor and he is not someone who we care about his personal life. If he plays ball good then he deserves what he deserves.
on January 18,2013 | 09:51AM
kameleokalani44 wrote:
The part I fail to understand is, why is the "victim" always believed to be part of the con, sham, duping, or whatever. First the UH is critized for not seeing a hoax in the Stevie Wonder concert thing. Now Manti is accused of not understanding a " feminen fatale". He's 22. He has had a lot of fame dropped on him, and just like Colt Brenen, it looks like he didn't handle it too well. If this happened to me, I would be sooo embarressed to say anything. Since I don't know him personally (and I doubt anyone else in these comments do either) I say, drop it already. He had a bitter lesson to learn.
on January 18,2013 | 10:10AM
waverider808 wrote:
So easy to criticize and arm chair qb this whole situation. I say leave the guy alone and let him live with his decisions, good or bad. Your opinions and conspiracy theories mean nothing. He did not harm anyone of us in any way. This bashing of a young kid is out of control. He owes none of us any explanations. I made many mistakes as a young kid and still make mistakes as I approach being a senior. Sounds like the majority of you people are so perfect that all of you can walk out to china man's hat without getting wet. AUWE!!!!
on January 18,2013 | 10:18AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
A man age 22 isn't a "young kid".
on January 18,2013 | 12:16PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
This new development does not put Manti Te'o in the clear. This only adds more drama to a story that has taken a whole life of its own. What makes this questionable is the fact that the woman that has come forward will not give her name. For all we know this woman was part and parcel to the hoax itself. And if this man, that is the alleged perpetrator, is in fact the one who instigated the whole thing, why is he not brought out in the open to answer some questions and possibly sued and/or arrested? At best, this is just another development in a story that has grown out of proportion. The reason that it would not put Manti Te'o in the clear is because of the simple fact that he continued to make statements to the effect that the story was indeed real after it was found to be a hoax. In doing so, Te'o became one of the perpetrators of the hoax on the public. Yes, it was a hoax on the public once he did this. It was not a hoax on him anymore. It is possilbe that he got so into the story which he found as an avenue to the Heisman Trophy that he played along with it. He was obviously following the story on television as can be seen in how he interacted with his teammates. His teammates had said that he would call them to the television in excitement whenever he was being shown. His teammates, by the way, already had known that this alleged girlfriend was not real. So he continued the hoax in order to garner sympathy votes from the media for the much heralded award. Many sports analysts from ESPN to major networks stated that they would vote for him because of his strength to go on despite the loss of his grandmother and girlfriend. Te'o's stunt did almost help him pull off the hoax of the century when he almost won the award. Fortunately, a freshman quarterback by the name of Manziel won the trophy. Which is kiind of ironic because this quarterback came out of nowhere without the accolades that Te'o had. It is unlikely that Te'o will speak out in public to answer all the questions prior to the NFL draft because he has probably acquired an attorney who advised him not to speak out openly regarding this matter at the risk of digging himself deeper into a hole. If he does speak out before then, it will be a token appearance to claiim that without a reason of a doubt that he is the innocent victiim of a cruel hoax. Unfortunately, he is found to have a motive to perpetrate the hoax and that is to win the Heisman Trophy. If he indeed is innocent as he claims, which I highly doubt given the hard facts in the form of statements made after the discovery, he would take a polygraph test under the scrutiny of a respected firm to prove that he was indeed innocent. I am surprised that no media outlet has not challenged Te'o to take a polygraph test to clear his name. And so this sordid tale goes on and it has been a gold mine unlike the Golden Dome has ever seen. Notre Dame's reputation has been tarnished but it had been tarnished before. It is nothing that a good PR firm can clean up. After all, Notre Dame has a lot of money. That is how they can have so many blue chip players and pretty much "own" their own network in the form of NBC to televise their games. How many college football teams have the luxury of showing their games on a major network on a regular basis? Notre Dame, although a Catholic school, has not endeared themselves to the public either as they have taken Cincinnati's coach right before their bowl game. That was a shameful and selfish act unbecoming of a religious institution. Further, if you watch their games in South Bend, you will notice that the Notre Dame fans give the visiting team a resounding "boo" whenever they come out of the tunnel. Now that is true Christian sportsmanship.
on January 18,2013 | 10:41AM
HOSSANA wrote:
Well said!! People are missing the point and its not so much that he is a victim of this hoax but that he continued to perpetuate this lie and receive positive and sympathetic publicity which only enhanced his image and legacy THEREFORE it is on this matter that he should be held accountable but people like Bobby Curran are lapping their tails in advocating the innocence of Manti Te'o and purposedly not trying to hold Te'o accountable for his misguided actions. I think there is a conspiracy by all these Samoan people to fabricate this story to help Te'o dig himself out of the hold.
on January 18,2013 | 11:14AM
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