The Hoax

By Jason Priestas on January 16, 2013 at 5:46p
316 Comments

A Deadspin report turned up every stone to prove that Manti Te'os girlfriend not only didn't die, but is never existed.

On a day when Chip Kelly created shock waves leaving Oregon for the Philadelphia Eagles, Deadspin dropped an atomic bomb into college football's lap by publishing an investigative report that shredded one of the feel good stories of the season.

Manti Teo's girlfriend not only never died, but she was never real.

An hour after the story was published, Notre Dame released a 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.

Dennis Brown
University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President

90 minutes after the story broke, Manti Te'o released a statement of his own:

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.

Which doesn't seem to jive at all with this Te'o's father's statements. Here he is telling the South Bend Tribune that Manti met his girlfriend in Hawai'i:

"They started out as just friends. Every once in a while, she would travel to Hawaii, and that happened to be the time Manti was home, so he would meet with her there. But within the last year, they became a couple.

 

"And we came to the realization that she could be our daughter-in-law. Sadly, it won't happen now."

The reaction on Twitter was swift (and funny).

And then this...

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Urbstache's picture

I was thinking this was just about gray box worthy lol. We'll see what happens; I don't feel excellent about whatever comes of it.

Urban Warfare

Abe Froman's picture

Crazy...... I wonder if I could invent a mentor at work to pull me along?

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

TheHannimal's picture

"21/M/South Bend...any hot babes wanna be my girlfriend?" ---Manti Te'o in an AOL chat room.

German Buckeye's picture

Brent Musburger thinks Te'o fake girlfriend is hot.

CSAR Buckeye's picture

This...is a hilarious comment.

TheBadOwl's picture

This scandal is definitely Anzalone-decommitment-worthy.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

wellejj's picture

This is obviously the reason he decomitted from Notre Dame right?

Tim's picture

Wow, Anzalone can't catch a break.  I'm putting my money on him geetting captured by a witch from the swamps of Florida next.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Everywhere Anazlone commits, scandalous stories follow.  I blame him a little less now.  Only a little, though.  If something goes down at Florida...

Class of 2010.

d1145fresh's picture

I guess Te'o wasn't missing tackles during the National Championship game he was just hugging his girlfriend. 

M tots's picture

Related:

schneidzzz's picture

That is one of the funniest things I have seen in a long time. Bravo, Sir. Bravo. 

osu07asu10's picture

You sir should be inducted into the 11w hall of fame for greatest post ever 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Michael's picture

https://twitter.com/CRM_Stephen/status/291672242281127937
It's a funny quote, but you should really cite your sources.

Scott's picture

Ooo burn. Down vote for stealing tweets.

Class of 2008

d1145fresh's picture

Not even on Twitter but my roommate said it to me and he must have got it from there... none the less is there any way I can edit to give props? 

Scott's picture

Didn't mean to down vote this one. Will go up vote another one of your comments to negate.

Class of 2008

gwalther's picture

One accidental downvote isn't a big deal.. It's when you get 35 intentional that it really hurts.

Class of 2008

Maestro's picture

and Brian Te'o spoke with her on the telephone?  She was going to be their daughter in law?  Unbelievable.  After his complaints about the picture in the Honolulu paper following the NCG I have my helicopter-Dad radar on full alert.

vacuuming sucks

AndyVance's picture

She's apparently back from the dead (again):
 

JozyMozy's picture

"The University immediately initiated an investigation"
...and then immediately stopped? Immediately began whistling inconspicuously and trying to wander away?

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Let me just pick my jaw up off the floor...

Dr. House's picture

there is only ONE response to this whole thing. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON AT NOTRE DAME?

Danify's picture


Now this! Mind blown ...

bergy22's picture

upvoted for the embedded tweet. Wish I could downvote this entire situation. Shameful. Thanks danify

DallasTheologian's picture
hodge's picture

Mentioned this in another thread:

Te'o's only way out is to claim that he lied about ever meeting Kukua in person because he was afraid to publicly admit that he was in love with someone that he'd never actually met. 

If I'm Te'o, I'm on the phone with Tuiasopo right now; telling him to take the fall for this for a hefty cut of my first NFL paycheck. 

Ohio State Ombre's picture

there was an article posted in the forum that makes it seem like te'o was in on it to get publicity

hodge's picture

Right, but ND's press release indicates that he was "victimized" by the charade.  I have no doubt that he was in on it, but the above strategy is on message with the bullshit that ND's slinging.

Ohio State Ombre's picture

haha, i agree. of course ND wouldnt come out and blast one of their own without 100% proof by 10 new sources that are all ND homers

Michael Citro's picture

Notre Dame's PR department. Hoo boy.

MackRM408's picture

I read several tweets guessing that T'eo is gay (not saying theres anything wrong with that). Mormon...Catholic school...football team. All three pretty homophobic cultures. What if he was involved with the 'guy' behind the twitter account if true? (Head would explode)

luckynewman13's picture

Te'o being gay would probably be the best possible outcome of this mess. Otherwise this whole thing is just one big pile of WTF?

Matthew's picture

A gay, samoan, Mormon from Hawaii going to college in the middle of nowhere in Indiana. Now I've seen it all.

Class of 2010

CSAR Buckeye's picture

I want you to meet my girlfriend, my girlfriend who lives in Canada...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEm3xRjdN8A

partisan's picture

I hope not.  
 
I really don't want the first high profile openly gay football player to be a lying asshole.  It'll make the rest of us look bad.

TheBadOwl's picture

But wouldn't that, in a way, be kind of an awesome indictment against the homophobic culture surrouding football, particularly at Notre Dame?

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

luckynewman13's picture

I see your point. But if this is the case, perhaps this situation will lead to a better understanding of what homosexual athletes face. If Te'o comes clean now and apologizes, perhaps he can lead a conversation about why he felt he needed to mislead so many people (The ND statement that he was duped is clearly bs). Why he was so scared to be himself.
I agree that this probably isn't the best way to get the ball rolling, but if the ball is rolling...

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

Hopefully Johnny Football will beat him to it.

FUqUespin's picture

Hahahahaha!! This is so hilarious!!

cplunk's picture

Don't feel bad, many of the hetero players are lying assholes too.

E2Brutus's picture

I have been thinking this since I read the story. This Tuiasosopo guy obviously is a close friend of Te'o's. He's been on the field for games and they communicate regularly on twitter. 
So one has to ask, What's more believable: That a close friend who has a history of pretending to be a girl online for his own enjoyment played the same mean trick on him or that he had a relationship with this person and to deflect any possible rumors they created a fake girlfriend for him. 
I gotta say, after typing it out they both sound ridiculous but I have to think the latter is the most plausible.

Nappy's picture

I'm still confused.  

Fan of bacon since 1981

XUBUCK's picture

Easy explanation.....Lance Armstrong concocted this plan to create a person, introduce her to Te'o, have him fall in love and then kill her off on the same day as his grandmother.  Then Lance leaked the information to deadspin and timed it so to make sure this bomb dropped the same week(day) he comes clean with Oprah.
 

AndyVance's picture

Wait, wait, wait... do you think it's possible Lance Armstrong orchestrated this and the RGIII knee incident???

XUBUCK's picture

I think you're on to something there.  Is Lance Armstrong/Te'O's fake dead girlfriend to blame for RGIII's injury?  The world leader in yellow journalism is going to devote some time to this tomorrow I believe.  

tennbuckeye19's picture

Does Te'o have to give Brian Kelly the gameball back that was supposed to be for his fake dead girlfriend?

BrewstersMillions's picture

HAHAHAHA Well done.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

luckynewman13's picture

I thought I had seen every kind of sport story that could possibly be printed after Penn St., but here we are.
I still maintain that this fake girlfriend was just Te'o's beard and the lie got away from him.  Perhaps this will kickstart some important conversations. 

jedkat's picture

I can't belive that not ONE of these "Sports journalists"  tried to find a obit on this girl before pumping this feel good story all over the place. NOT ONE. This story should have been uncovered a long time ago. Journalistic integrity indeed.

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

luckynewman13's picture

Agreed. I'm not at all surprised when I see ESPN/ABC not do their homework, but SI?
Is Deadspin the only place I cang go now for somewhat honest sports reporting?
I feel like this story should make me laugh because of my ND hatred but it's just making my head hurt.

FH_Buckeye's picture

I am not sure who this story says more about: Deadspin for doing there homework or the rest of the media for not verifying things.

d1145fresh's picture

FWIW I have been hearing reporters come on ESPN and other shows/websites and say that they would often discuss looking for reports of the accident, photos of the girl etc. but Te'o would say she likes to remain private and to keep her and her family out of it. Then out of respect they would stop asking about it. 

Dr. House's picture

SO that's all Ohio State had to do while tatgate was exploding.

cinserious's picture

Tatgate, schmatgate. Its all water under the bridge now. Oh, and we have URBAN FREAKIN' MEYER!  No bullshit necessary.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

CALPOPPY's picture

If I was a reporter I probably would have stopped looking. I mean, who would actually make that up.or that's what I would have thought.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

petebuc52's picture

My reaction exactly! A little fact check please...But hey Coach Kelly played a large part in a student dying and "sports journalists" along with espn chose to soft play it..Now tatoos well you know the rest...

Maestro's picture

Brian Te'o has some serious 'splaining to do.  His quotes make it appear that he was part of this hoax.

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brandonbauer87's picture

This is further proof, if dog the bounty hunter marathons weren't enough, that you never trust Hawaiians. 

dbit's picture

Brent Musberger says to not worry. AJ McCarrons girlfriend is real. 

btalbert25's picture

Deadspin is all over the fake twitter account sport stories

Unky Buck's picture

This is f'ed up. Not sure what to make of this yet. I want to see how this all plays out the next couple days before I make up my mind...but it's not a good freaking start.

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FROMTHE18's picture

wait... so Teo was in love with a fictitious girl or did he make it up to get people to feel bad for him?

Maestro's picture

Manti quote from another article
"Obviously, going through what I've gone through, with my girlfriend passing away from cancer, that whole thing hit home for me,'' Te'o said in a private moment the other day, "My whole thing was just to reach out and let them know I'm here. I wrote her parents.
"Just letting them know that the heavenly father is always there. Although it may not seem like it right now, He's always there to help. It was definitely hard to write.
"And I think it helped to ease my pain, too.''
WTF???

vacuuming sucks

shortbus20's picture

Where did he mail the letter to? 

  • shortbus20
burkmon's picture

That quote is attributed to Manti writing to the parents of a young girl, who was a huge ND fan, that had passed away from cancer.  Not writing to his fictitious gf's parents after she "died".

 

Matthew's picture

Maybe he was dating her through World of Warcraft or Second Life and she died in the game.

Class of 2010

TheBadOwl's picture

How do you kill that which has no life?

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Matthew's picture

Golden Domers...gold farming. IT'S ALL COMING TOGETHER.

Class of 2010

Yamosu's picture

This feels like the end of the world... of war craft

Hoody Wayes's picture

Great point. 
His virtual girl, virtually died.
So, his story is virtually legit.

FUqUespin's picture

Stop!!! I am crying laughing at these posts!! This is the best ever.  Ever!

Denny's picture

I trust that Notre Dame did a thorough, transparent, and full investigation into the death of Te'o 's girlfriend, just as they have other recent deaths tangentially related to the football team. 
I'm sure there is nothing beyond the PR statement that they released today.

Taquitos.

hodge's picture

I have to disagree. I'm thinking that this will blow up nationally over the next week, and ND--and Te'o--are going to have to set this shit straight.
It's sad that we deem such hoaxes as more valuable news commodities than the deaths and sexual abuse that have been recently attributed to the Notre Dame football program of late.  Hopefully, the fallout of this will help shine light on all of ND's sins.  This is but the tip of the iceberg, my friend.

shamgod's picture

He was being sarcastic.
Not to be a jerk, you're a great commentator on this site.

Denny's picture

Hodge, ol' buddy: you just fell into a sar-chasm.
 

Taquitos.

hodge's picture

I AM MADE OF FAIL.
Serious Denny and Sarcastic Denny can be hard to discern betwixt. 

daytonbuckeye's picture

that was frickin hilarious!

jedkat's picture

Sports center headline right now on TV: BREAKING NEWS, Manti Te'o's girlfriend did not exist.
and the thoroughbread is out of the gate...
edit: Thanks anonymous picture embedder guy!

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

Unky Buck's picture

Since they only rehash what someone else investigated, it must be true. I can't wait until they sensationalize it to the fullest extent. This will be interesting to watch.

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brband64's picture

Somehow it's Jay Cutler's fault.

d1145fresh's picture

Notre Dame: Where they hide real tragic deaths and glorify fake ones. 

LouieG's picture

Wow, that right there really puts it in perspective

bodast67's picture

Damn D-fresh...you on fire today son...ON FIRE !

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

petebuc52's picture

F'n great post...well stated bro...

tennbuckeye19's picture

Has anyone created a twitter handle called :@manti_te'o's_fakedeadGF yet?

Matthew's picture

You can't use apostraphes in twitter names, silly!

Class of 2010

Toilrt Paper's picture

No NFL team will want this big of a liar.

William's picture

Ehh Ben Roethlisberger still seems to have a job...

CSAR Buckeye's picture

And Sean Payton.  Errr...next year.

Dougger's picture

i can't imagine what his players think!!!
just.. why

I like football

bergy22's picture

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8851033/story-manti-teo-girlfriend-death-apparently-hoax
ESPN article is up on it. He maintains it was strictly a phone and online relationship. Worth a read if you get a chance.

d1145fresh's picture

Well it is going to be odd to explain how he has mentioned numerous times in interviews meeting her in person. 

Maestro's picture

Brian Kelly gave the fake dead girlfriend a game ball........this whole deal is absolutely the most bizarre thing ever.

vacuuming sucks

MackRM408's picture

Te'o issued a statement Tuesday afternoon:
"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."

cplunk's picture

So we are to believe that he fell in love with someone he'd only been in contact with via email and phone (and who was on the phone, Ronnie Tuiasosopo doing a high voice?), then found out the girl he'd fallen in love with had leukemia, then NEVER WENT TO VISIT the person he was in love with that had leukemia.
Riiighht.
Who knows how this will turn out when all the facts come out, but I am extremely dubious that Teo is was innocently duped.

lcrumley89's picture

Oh and the fact that they "met" after the Stanford game in 2009. His statement to the press forgot to mention that part of the story.

“There are some people addicted to alcohol, some people are addicted to gambling,” Luginbill said. “Urban Meyer is addicted to football, and he’s addicted to winning.”

jedkat's picture

can't wait to get a statement from his father based on his quotes.

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

thatlillefty's picture

Sorry but I don't the humor in this at all... just sad.

shamgod's picture

Yeah, I agree. If (IF!!!) he's gay I think this story is one of the saddest things ever. But whatever the truth is, I'd rather wait till the truth shakes out before making any jokes.
Unless you're laughing at the media. Any reporter who fluffed up the original story deserves all the derision that can be thrown at him.

Urbstache's picture

Me too for sure.

Urban Warfare

buckeyedude's picture

Sad? Really?
I think it's fucking hilarious. But that's just me.

 

 

Veraton's picture

Hard to believe that the Hiesman nominated star LB at ND had to resort to a strictly online/phone relationship with a girl that never existed.  The guy could have had his pick of girls at ND seems much more like a publicity stunt rather than him getting duped.
 

cinserious's picture

^ and this^ was exactly my initial thoughts on this bizarre matter till I read some of the above quotes about him being possibly gay. Don't know if theres any truth to that but maybe an explanation will come soon. Then again, should we believe the 'explanation'?

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

jedkat's picture

Gene Wojciechowski saying he tried to find an obit and details on the car crash and couldn't. Asked to reach out to family and Manti said they would rather be left alone, asked for a picture and said he didn't have one. Saying hindsite 20/20.
all automatically believed it to be true.

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

AndyVance's picture

The sad thing is that Wojo is actually one of the better "journalists" at the Mother Ship, and he basically stopped reporting when Manti said "pay no attention to the non-girlfriend behind the curtain."

d1145fresh's picture

It is also a situation that is so unbelievable that you wouldn't even think twice to ask. As it was said hindsight is 20/20 but nobody would go from "the family wants their privacy" to "he is making all of this up" in a single step. 

Baroclinicity's picture

This would have been a good episode of that "Catfish" show.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Torpedo Vegas's picture

Still not convinced that this isn't a elaborate and insane viral marketing campaign for that show.
EDIT: took out "the most" inserted "a." Mind still too blown to type words good.

btalbert25's picture

This being a cover up for Teo being gay doesn't make sense either.  Why would he have a male friend make up an account with some girls pics that he went to high school with?  Why wouldn't he just have a female friend that he trusted create a twitter account. If his parents were in fact in the dark about all this and believed they did talk to her, he had a girl talk to them on the phone.  
I don't pretend to know what it's like to be a person who has this difficult decision on how to come out about being gay and the pain a person has to go through along the way.  Add to it that he's Mormon, a football player, a high profile player, and that he's at a catholic university.  I just think that if it were the reason he was doing all this, there are other ways to go about it that make more sense. Then again, maybe Tuiassasopo was the only person he trusted. 

onetwentyeight's picture

I get the gay beard coverup part because it explains everything the best. HOWEVER. Why the bizzare storyline about her DYING and car accidents, leukemia, bedside phone calls?! 
 
Couldn't you just say like, oh, we "broke up", once the scrutiny of your lie got away from you? 

Torpedo Vegas's picture

The death explaination does hypothetically tie up at least one potential loose end. Not saying it's the best decision, but those backed into corners rarely make great decisions.

bodast67's picture

With the dead girlfriend angle, he can play the "I will never love another woman like her again" card and go about his business as a closeted gay man.

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

RedQueenRace's picture

FWIW, this is a comment from the IrishEnvy board.

Manti is currently dating a girl from St. Mary's that I know. Unless he's "covering" again, I doubt it's B.

Choice 'B' was referring to speculation that that it was cover for Manti being gay.

Pam's picture

I am leaning toward  B. A popular handsome FB player doesn't need an fake online GF. A popular handsome gay Mormon FB player at a Catholic school does.  Ugly FB players with far less attention and star power can get laid easily. He most likely needed a way to fend off the questions as to why he didn't date or have a GF. What better way to stop those questions than with "My GF lives in CA and oh BTW she is dying/dead."

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Shazier  >>>>>>>> Te'o

Matthew's picture

2014 ESPN Headline: Ryan Shazier's eyebrows never existed.

Class of 2010

Bucksfan's picture

"What do you mean?"

spqr2008's picture

I tried to explain to my 5 yr old cousin what alapecia is, after she saw a picture of RDS, and she goes," you mean he's an alpaca?"  And I had to explain to my aunt why her daughter was quoting Arrested Development.

Bucksfan's picture

HA!  BOOM, BABY!

spqr2008's picture

I'm pretty sure that's what she was thinking of.  I gave her older brothers " The Emporer's New Groove" a few yrs ago.  Which makes it even funnier.

cinserious's picture

This reminds me of a news story my 9 year old daughter and I heard on 700-WLW this morning about a man being arrested in Cincinnati for exposing himself. The reporter said he was a copy-cat of the infamous 'Hyde Park flasher' from 2011. My daughter straight up asked me "you can be arrested for being a copy-cat?" I lost it! I truly cherish those rare innocent moments that are left in her little brain. I don't however enjoy explaining what a 'flasher' is though, lol.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

SEATTLE BUCKEYE's picture

Still a better love story than Twilight

dja.ohio's picture

IMHO, one of two things happened here:
1. Teo was a rube and was sexting with a dude the whole time;
2. From Deadspin, Teo and the guy behind the fake Twitter girlfriend account knew each other. This then becomes (a) a really bad ongoing joke perpetrated by young adults who should have known better; or (b) a bad publicity stunt for Teo and the Heisman.
With the recent news of Teo's dad banning the Hawaii paper from the Facebook page, I'm guessing this was a bad Heisman publicity stunt.
Maybe this is why Kelly talked to the Eagles, or not.

george_buck's picture

That Roby tweet is priceless.

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Definitely one of the strangest stories I've ever heard. Was T'eo trying to create buzz for ND's season or his own Heisman candidacy that badly? Or is he just a moron?

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Jugdish's picture

To Manti: If you say gullible slowly, it will sound like orange.

Remember to get your wolverine spade or neutered. TBDBITL

unknownmusketeer's picture

What is crazy is someone wrote the word gullible on your ceiling as well. Just look up and you will find it.

Buckeyeneer's picture

I have no words. . . . . my words have failed me.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

bukyze's picture

I'm speechless.  I am without speech.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Te'o had to be in on it...  I mean, why would a player of his caliber who I'm sure could bang any ND chick he wants, hold out for an online girlfriend who he chats with via text/internet/phone calls?  Makes no sense.  This is pretty funny though.  I hate ND.

onetwentyeight's picture

Even if he did have an online LD gf ... these days there are things like "FACETIME", "SKYPE", "VIDEO CHAT", etc that couples in LD rels use to SEE each other. 
No way in hell he was 'duped' by just a voice and texts. No way. 

Buckeyeneer's picture

In a really surprising twist, Manti's girlfriend was actually Charlie Waugh.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

FUqUespin's picture

In a really surprising twist, Manti's girlfriend was actually Charlie Weis.

CowCat's picture

I knew M Knight Shyamalan was behind this!!

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

cinserious's picture

Nope, manti had already surpassed charlie waugh's 'target' age group.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

Bucks's picture

Oh my. Cannot imagine the awkwardness of this.

RoyWalley's picture

WHO CARES!!  Is this TMZ now.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

2 words... FaceTime... Skype!
 
You're telling me he dated a girl and never saw her?  Really?  I think there is some type of cover up going on here...

Jugdish's picture

I think when Manti let the air out of her, he thought the whole situation would go away.

Remember to get your wolverine spade or neutered. TBDBITL

buckeyebart's picture

FYI We will never know. The Vatican knows coverups better than any entity out there. ND is an extension of it. So good luck. In fact , it would not suprise me to see someone from the ND family to come out of this as a victim and garner public sympathy.
So one time at band camp(the internet) I met this girl(blow up doll / could be male with two holes or female with three, yet to be determined ) developed a deeply emotional relationship ( went through several tubes of tire repair goop ) fell in love ( couldn't get a real girl ) .... ok ok you get the total hypethical on this. Just plain crazy. If it was a hoax, the correct thing would have been to release this info as soon as you knew it back in December, but nooooooooo 
Seriously, makes Tress look like a saint

MackRM408's picture

Tressel knew about this in April you fools

741's picture

FIRE GENE SMITH!

BME_Buckeye's picture

As the saying goes, God don't like ugly. This is probably why ND lost in the title game. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

Whosisbrew's picture

If she were real, and he were under the impression that she actually died, wouldn't he have... I don't know, gone to her funeral? Attempt to contact her parents for information? Some kind of follow up?

Pam's picture

He said she told him if anything happened to her that he should still play, and amazingly her funeral fell on a Saturday when ND was playing. So of course he abided by her dying wish

LouGroza's picture

It was all just too convenient, wasn't it?

NC_Buckeye's picture

So to whom did he send the white roses, I wonder.

jedkat's picture

Oh Irishenvy
hilarious that their thread on this has almost 8000 lurkers and 160 members. bwahahahah

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

brglr14's picture

he should of got the cat fish guys from mtv

I dont know karate but i do know crazy and i'm not afraid to use it.
                           

Sgt. Elias's picture

?

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

ODEEZ330's picture

Lmao. I explained it to my gf as he got catfished bec she loves that show. The show is abt people who have online relationships that are with fake people n the host ( former victim) helps them meet n exposr the fake profile for those who have no idea what we were talking abt.

O'Deez330
stark county football

bleedscarletpissmaize's picture

Can we start calling Teo the Lyin Hawaiian now?

kr66osu's picture

I have been laughing at twitter constantly for almost an hour

Notor's picture

The best part of the Irishenvy thread on this is the numerous posters who don't realize the "Lennay Wochinski" comment is a Seinfeld reference and are seizing on this as proof of Manti's innocence. 

bucknutz18's picture

video coordinator death, covered up rape by fball players, are of no consequence.  Made up girlfriends, ND starts holding vigils

Dr. House's picture

Well we all found out who Craig James killed.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

So Braxton didn't get to go to NY because of a fake girl? :/

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Obviously not fake. Reddit is killing it by the way...oh, wait.
 

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

buckeye_baker's picture

I'm so glad I wasn't the only person whose first reaction on hearing this was wow, I have to get to Reddit.

"I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying." -Woody Hayes

buckeyebart's picture

I knew it !!! He was caught on tape

741's picture

That made me laugh harder than anything else I've seen today.

BuckeyeChief's picture

omg. wow.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

CliffordTheBRD's picture

Mike and Mike might be interesting considering both of Golic's sons are team-mates. At least they will hopefully stop talking about Lance Armstrong.
It is amazing (and amusing) how all these "legitimate" media outlets were completely fooled and Deadspin got the real story.

Yamosu's picture

This just makes me happy.  It's like a gift.

BuckeyeChief's picture

just wow.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

KBonay's picture

Mystery solved.
 

Rt.50Bucksfan's picture

Wish  Manti would have won the Heisman! The new Nissan Heisman house commercial would have been a classic!

cinserious's picture

Manti standing there hiding a blowup doll behind his back.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

D. Anthony's picture

Next thing you know we're gonna find out that he isn't even Irish!

D. Anthony

osubuckeye4life's picture

Please tell me his name is actually Manti Te'o and not like "Steve".
 
No offense to guys named Steve. 

BuckeyeAsylum's picture

Notre Dame:

#1: Real deaths occur, who cares?
#2: Fake deaths occur, almost gets a Heisman.
#3: Alleged shady behavior w/ some ladies and police that has went away...
#4: Championship run fail.
#5: Like Chip, Brian Kelly takes NFL job suddenly and finishes of any hope of ND regaining anything, ever.

That's gotta be next, right? Absolutely disgusting ND.

northcampus's picture

Tressel just retweeted Johnny Manziel

OhioValley10's picture

Ryan Shazier >>>>>>>>>>Manti Te'o
: Sorry someone above beat me to that so I'll go with Boren >>>>>>>>>>>>>Te'o

NW Buckeye's picture

I keep thinking Mike Bianchi will find some way to involve Urban in all of this!!  And then, SI will some how imply that Tressel orchestrated this in some way (ala raffle style). 

osubuckeye4life's picture

Mike Bianchi story idea board:
Chip Kelly to the NFL....Urban is trying to recruit some of Kelly's players and probably forged Kelly's signature on that document the NCAA has.....blame Urban
USC player brawl after Sun Bowl game....Kiffin and Urban used to be rivals and now are friends Obviously Urban Liar has deceived Kiffin to get access to his players and pollute the locker room.....blame Urban
Manti Te'o's GF is a hoax....well urban used to coach for ND so it must be his fault....BLAME URBAN

NW Buckeye's picture

Swarbuck is making right on ESPN now.  Manti is just a victem.  The man has spoken.....

unknownmusketeer's picture

So, when is Manti Te'o going on Oprah. She WILL get the truth.

Cubbies115's picture

 
Barry Bonds home run record>>>>>>>Manti Teo's girlfriend

kr66osu's picture

Oh man this press conference is already a disaster

mitchjacobsen01's picture

Every time a PR department comes out with one of these things a bunch of epic fails and one-liners follow.

dbit's picture

Swarbrick is not a very good liar... He's getting a little flustered from reasonable questions

Rapping Bum's picture

 

 

Help is on the way.

buckeyedude's picture

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!
Since I am "challenged" and don't know how to embed videos, I'll just leave this link to express how your video made me feel, Rappin.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPwxgml0Q3A

 

 

 

joshhersh's picture

There is absolutely, positively, NO Frickin way that this BUM Manti didn't know exactly what he was doing!  This is 2013 Manti, there is FaceTime, Skype, all kinds of different ways to communicate with a person "your in love with".  This is hilarious that he, his father, and ND are all nut deep in a shatstorm.  Also, how did the worldwide leader in sports not uncover this? Had they spent %5 of the resources they did trying to bury tOSU with tatgate! I'm sure they would have found this.  Sad and funny story, and just crazy.

DefendYoungstown's picture

Manti Te’o is a #SCUMBAG

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

jack's picture

as my 70 yr old father still reminds me at times because we look so much alike, "we know who hsi father is, but we're not sure about the mother."

Kurt's picture

I thought it was the other way around: Mamma's baby, Daddy's maybe...

kr66osu's picture

Swarbrick is literally just making stuff up

Notor's picture

So Manti Te'o didn't have access to Skype, Face Time, Facebook Chat, Gchat, etc from 2009-2012? This story is such a joke. I can't believe that ND is putting their weight behind Te'o. Should've hit him for being the liar that he is and dropped him at that. Would've restored some sanity to this farce, but I guess that's too much to ask.

popeurban's picture

I can't see Swarbrick, ND AD, putting his ass on the line for Te'o without this investigation showing him Te'o got catfished.

Notor's picture

If Te'o could dupe the entire Sports Media Industry for the better part of a year you don't think he could dupe ND's 50 year old white Dad-AD? The guy said he heard about online hoaxes on Dr. Phil. I can't think of an easier mark.
This hoax involved social media issues involving Instagram, Twitter, and questions like "Why did a 21 year old male never, over a 3 year period, try to Skype a girl who he said was "the love of his life?" This is beyond Swarbrick. He doesn't get or understand any of this. Skype/Facetime/Gchat are mainstream. EVERYONE uses them. To say that he never once asked for a photo or Skyped with her or anything is just too much to ask.

popeurban's picture

I hear you, I'm just saying that if I am swarbrick, I am hiring an investigative team a la anonymous to find out what happened before I put my name to this.

onetwentyeight's picture

He never even tried to SEE HER F*CKING FACE ONCE before she DIED from a TERMINAL ILLNESS. The "LOVE OF HIS LIFE". Yeah. 
 
They might be able to fool those over-50 stodgy old sportswriter types who fear Teh InterWebZ. But c'mon. I feel insulted they expect us to buy this garbage. 
 
And even if ALL this is true and Manti is just really totally a Virgin AND internet illiterate to an extreme degree ... you still can't explain how he couldn't at the MINIMUM get her DEATH DATE right each time right? C'MON.

kr66osu's picture

So I'm supposed to believe that Te'o had a completely online relationship and NEVER, NEVER did some kind of video-chat?

popeurban's picture

No, in cat fishing, they often get a girl to do these things to keep the person "on the hook".

Notor's picture

The movie Catfish didn't come out until 2010. ND is having us believe that this started in 2009. Not to mention, Catfish the movie was a small, low budget indie MOCKumentary. The beauty of it as a film is that we aren't even sure if the film itself is staged or not.
Catfish the show recently started airing on MTV which is why this has gained more of a mainstream appreciation. This concept of "Catfishing" or whatever wasn't even in existence when ND is attempting to say it started for Te'o, in 2009.
He's either a huge liar or the dumbest, most gullible cat on the face of the earth.

popeurban's picture

I respectfully disagree, the concept was around, not the movie and perhaps not the term, but this concept has been around since instant messaging.

Johnson's picture

Crap! I already sent flowers.

dbit's picture

Ironic that the advertisement underneath the NBC Sports video player says "NBC Sports Network: What do you #Believe?"

headina's picture

The comments section is filled with pure win. 

GO BUCKS

kr66osu's picture

"You don't know Manti" is not a sufficient answer to any question

dbit's picture

Oh the fake cry

osubuckeye4life's picture

If Te'o is the most gullible oaf in history. Paging Niegerian Princes, Ashton Kutcher, and creators of The Joe Schmo Show you have just STRUCK GOLDEN!

Matthew's picture

If he was this dumb, how did he stay eligible at a great university like Notre Dame?

Class of 2010

TLB's picture

Lance Armstrong says Thank You Mantai

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Ramzy tweet why I love me some Ramzy.

osubuckeye4life's picture

The memes that come out of this press conference will be golden.

Dr. House's picture

Teo Draft Card:

pros: great leader and tackler, highly intelligent player
cons: makes up fake dead girlfriend and possibly undersized for position

Score B

- mel kiper

PharmBuck's picture

"Reagan Mauia, an Arizona Cardinals fullback, said he believes Kekua existed because he met her in person when he and other Polynesian teammates and Pittsburgh Steelers star Troy Polamalu went to do charity work in American Samoa in June 2011. "This was before her and Manti," Mauia said Wednesday evening. "I don't think Manti was even in the picture, but she and I became good friends. We would talk off and on, just checking up on each other kind of thing. I am close to her family. When she was going through the loss of her father, I was -- I offered a comforting shoulder and just someone to bounce her emotions off. That was just from meeting her in Samoa." Mauia said Tuiasosopo -- whom Mauia believes is Kekua's cousin -- introduced the two. After the initial meeting, Mauia said he met her at an "after-party" for all of the athletes involved in the camp. "She was tall," he said. "Volleyball-type of physique. She was athletic, tall, beautiful. Long hair. Polynesian. She looked like a model ... " He said it is his understanding that Kekua's mother is operating her Twitter account. He said he'd never met her mother. When told by a reporter that she apparently might not have existed, Mauia said "No, she is real."
http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8851033/story-manti-teo-g...
WTF IS GOING ON

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

popeurban's picture

This is so crazy!  Great post.

popeurban's picture

After all this, I'm glad I don't believe in the Internet.

Killer nuts's picture

They can't put anything on the internet that isn't true

bergy22's picture

Yeah but still no death certificate, no enrollment, no car accident report, no pictures, no obituary. But one guy says he's seen her. Te'o never met her family? Or visited her after the funeral? Something stinks.

Baroclinicity's picture

I heard on ESPN radio this past evening that Te'o was with her in Hawaii, and they met after the Stanford game last year.
No idea if this will verify.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Brutus's picture

This might be the most entertaining thread of all time and yet what I wonder most about is why everyone keeps referencing catfish. I had to google it. I had no idea such a thing existed. Man, I've been out of the game a long time.

blueinsconsin's picture

As soon as Swarbrick mentioned MTV's "Catfish", you knew this was going to be a good press conference
 

Not here to troll...Go Blue

Dr. House's picture

man i know you are a michigan man but that really made me laugh pretty damn hard

blueinsconsin's picture

Lol...we're not all bad

Not here to troll...Go Blue

BuckeyeChief's picture

Hmmm...the girls twiiter account tweeted back to him 4 hours ago.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

PharmBuck's picture

Taken from Reddit:
"2010-2011: Te'o and Kekua are friends. "She was gifted in music, multi-lingual, had dreams grounded in reality and the talent to catch up to them" (South Bend Tribune). "They started out as just friends," Te'o's father, Brian, told the Tribune in October 2012. "Every once in a while, she would travel to Hawaii, and that happened to be the time Manti was home, so he would meet with her there."

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

Buckeyeneer's picture

South Bend Tribune on damage control. Page was already taken down.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

Oh man, page taken down. It's like the pages of the Neverending Story going blank!

btalbert25's picture

Greg Doyel owning it: 
Gregg Doyel ‏@GreggDoyelCBS
A young woman linked to Notre Dame football really did die. Her name was Lizzy Seeberg http://cbsprt.co/W7Jh9u
Retweeted by ctrent
 

Rapping Bum's picture

The fact that this has one downvote is a disgrace.

Help is on the way.

btalbert25's picture

Old Hoss Radbourn ‏@OldHossRadbourn
I wish the lass who gave me the French Pox had been imaginary.
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kalabuckzoo's picture

In my best 30 for 30 voice
"what if I told you"...

VintonCountyBuck's picture

The sad part is that if the rumors of him creating this whole story to cover up for being gay at The Catholic University of America turn out true..It may very well be a 30 for 30 story.

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

Jugdish's picture

I have heard this story a thousand times and it is always the same. Boy meets hand. Names hand Lennay. They have a happy three year relationship. Lennay feels used and dies. Only the names change, but the heartache lingers.

Remember to get your wolverine spade or neutered. TBDBITL

Poison nuts's picture

You forgot the part where the hand grows copious amounts of unwanted hair...

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Hoody Wayes's picture

SBN writes:
The following is a list of organizations and people who, to varying degrees of incompletion, never bothered to check to see if Manti Te'o's girlfriend was real.
1. Us.
2. You (Jack Dickey and Timothy Burke excepted)
3. Sports Illustrated.
4. ESPN
5. The South Bend Tribune
6. Bleacher Report
7. The Chicago Tribune
8. The Chicago Sun-Times
9. The Sporting News
10. USA Today
11. The Boston Globe
12. CBS Sports
13. The New York Post
14. NBC Sports/Notre Dame
15. Yahoo
16. The Associated Press
17. The Palm Beach Post
18. The Miami Herald
19. The Tampa Bay Times
20. Grantland
21. The Los Angeles Times
 
http://www.sbnation.com/2013/1/16/3884198/the-list-people-who-never-look...

buckeyejonross's picture

22. Manti Te'o

"You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war. War is cruelty, there is no use trying to reform it; the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over." -William T., Battle of Atlanta, B1G.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I don't believe for one second that Te'o is a victim in all of this. But here's the thing, ND said in their statement that they knew about all of this on December 26th. They were informed about it from the Te'o family that Manti had been "duped". If that is true, why did Manti continue to lie about his fake dead girlfriend and ND allowed him to continue to lie about his fake dead girlfriend in talking with the media in preparation for the national championship game over a week later? Why weren't they all forthcoming with this information? Notre Dame and anyone who knew are complicent in all of this.

Hoody Wayes's picture

 
From commenters at ND blog, One Foot Down:
the Deadspin story says there was a charity fund set up for her
And that it raised $3000. If someone collected that money (as opposed to it going directly to a charity), that is a criminal matter.
@ltl27
by long time listener on Jan 16, 2013 5:51 PM PST up reply actions
Sorry, this sucks for you guys.
I hope the fall-out from this stays contained to Te’o and doesn’t impact your program and your recruiting.
That said, you should fire your PR person. There are like a dozen interviews of Te’o’s father talking about how she visited him in person in Hawai’i. Making this excuse will delay the inevitable for an evening at best, but it drags your program into the mud.
by CrimsonTideGermany on Jan 16, 2013 3:38 PM PST reply actions
http://www.onefootdown.com/2013/1/16/3884426/manti-teo-a-complicated-hoa...

Hockey Buck's picture

Lest we forget this team got away with murder, accidental death, so this sht is childs play. Sorry for that one, now sorry for this. Yep that covers it. Ramzy nails it again. Not as hard as Manti was nailing his girl, but we all get it.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-15/notre-dame-is-fined-77-500-in-d...
 

741's picture

Good for Te'o - I haven't even had a fake girlfriend since 2009.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Lucky you. Even my fake ones leave me. :(

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Jack Fu's picture

Jesus Christ. This is the weirdest friggin' thing I ... seriously, I have no idea.

GoldenBearBuckeye's picture

I think the Browns should use an imaginary first round draft choice on this guy

VintonCountyBuck's picture

Fox 28 News in Columbus just ran a teaser about this story.  Will air shortly.

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

zbd's picture

Does this mean that ND also had imaginary wins this year? I've heard of online fake sex but online fake deaths is another matter.  

Dr. House's picture

Ironically that Stanford win was pretty imaginary 

sirclovis's picture

I have a huge problem with how the ND football program and athletic director continued to let motivational news pieces be aired on the made up girlfriend and Manti up to the National Championship Game, despite already knowing that the girlfriend was a hoax on December 26th. For example, as reported in the Deadspin article, the day of the NC game CBS This Morning ran a three-minute story that featured a direct quote from the made up girlfriend.
They were irresponsible and blatantly withholding the truth.

CALPOPPY's picture

And now maybe ESPN knew about it earlier and sat on the story. Can't mess up the championship game ratings! Instead they get scooped (again) by someone else. This is insane.
Damn! Tattoos (and the coverup) were so horrible! Thank goodness that's all from OSU.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

pjtobin's picture

 Wow. This is great. I had nd fans giving me crap about recruiting thugs. Now what. One a side note their song was Conway twittys " it's only make believe "! 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

daytonbuckeye's picture


My wife got in on the action and posted this to my fb wall.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

LOL!

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

daytonbuckeye's picture

Yeah, she is pretty awesome. I mean we've been married for 8 years and haven't met in person yet, but we talk for hours every night. Sorry, couldn't resist.
One of the great things about her is that even though she is not really a sports fan, she despises AACC.

buckeyedude's picture

 I mean we've been married for 8 years and haven't met in person yet, but we talk for hours every night.

Sounds like it's getting pretty serious.
 

 

 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Ramzy's tweets have been pure gold.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Maestro's picture

I was screaming at my radio on the way home thanks to Linda Cohn.  She read Te'o's statement and immediately cleared him of any involvement.  She was happy to immediately state that Te'o was the victim in this hoax.  Unreal.

vacuuming sucks

NC_Buckeye's picture

Also re Manziel's tweet above: I see Johnny really took the TAMU's AD talk to heart.
Trust me, we are not going to have to worry about Archie's Heisman record with this kid.

TheBadOwl's picture

Honestly, as much as I think he's the product of the system, if anyone's gonna match Archie's record (other than another OSU player), I'm fine with it being him. Just as long as he doesn't take a national championship away from us, or anything.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

One thing I don't get is how you can be fooled. Video chats are so easy to do.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

blueinsconsin's picture

Saw this on a T Shirt:  "Play like your fake girlfriend died today!"

Not here to troll...Go Blue

KBonay's picture

If you tell bold face lies, please rasie your hand....
 

BuckNutInAnnArbor's picture

Shit... I remember when I had fake friends and then they died. Sad story bro.

"...but then again 'Michigan' and 'huge mistake' are synonymous so that shouldn't have been much of a surprise to anybody."  - Mark Titus

buckeyedude's picture

You need to pick your friends more carefully, Bucknut.

 

 

Rooster Buckburn's picture

Manti's fake dead girlfriend is also a fake buckeye.

Signed,

Terrelle Pryor

BuckeyesMJ's picture

OK I'm really lost here........did she really die or did her internet get disconnected
 
lol
 
 

Maestro's picture

Now the Arizona Cardinals Fullback, Reagan Mauia, claims that this girl was real and he met her in Somoa.  Crazy, crazy shit. 

vacuuming sucks

William's picture

I saw that. What a moron. "Yeah I met a chick that doesn't exist, what can I say, she was pretty chill." 

buckeyedude's picture

Those Polynesians always stick together.

 

 

OldColumbusTown's picture

He claims to have met her, been close to her and her family, and understands that her mother runs her Twitter account.  But, has never met or seen her mother.
How can you be close to a girl's family, but never meet or see her mother?
The whole thing is just so bizarre...

kareemabduljacobb's picture

I know just the man to get to the bottom of this...

 
 
 

Rooster Buckburn's picture

Goes to show you that fake dead girlfriends are simply not as fast as their SEC counterparts

mitchjacobsen01's picture

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/278973792544505858
https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/276071308322820096
https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/288495738856558594
https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/276073152432447488
I got this from a ND fan.  Allegedly coversations between the guys who were behind the fake account "proving" Manti Te'o was really fooled...take these for what they may or may not be worth.

onetwentyeight's picture

Actually this fits in really well with the details of the Deadspin story. The guy in question there is Ronaiah and they mention he leads worship bands at a church and even posted Youtubes of his music. 
I don't see how these tweets prove that "jayRahz" and others were "behind" the fooling of Manti versus they were people who knew Ronaiah and subsequently knew of the Hoax. It leaves Manti's involvement in the same place as the Deadspin article, which mentions that Manti and Ronaiah go way back, etc etc. 
 
I'm still leaning towards the tragic "closeted" theory b/c, EVEN IF Manti got "Catfish"-ed and is really just that dopey, it still doesn't explain why he couldnt keep the BASIC fact straight about what Date the Love of his Life girlfriend DIED on. Like, you'd THINK you'd remember that if you were really "duped" into loving a girl. Right? 
 
 

Maestro's picture

I am leaning toward Te'o actually being so dense as to fall for this hoax.  As unbelievable as that is to type, I think that is where this is headed.  He played along, and I think there may have been some "benefits" that he allowed to happen, but I think he might actually be that naive.

vacuuming sucks

onetwentyeight's picture

If he is really that naive and got tricked into falling in love with a fake girl who then died, you'd think he'd at LEAST be able to keep the DATES of her DEATH straight in his head, right? ESPECIALLY if he was duped and had legit emotional feelings ("love", etc). If the love of your life died tragically, RECENTLY, wouldn't the day that it happened be something you absolutely remember clearly? 
Something stinks and until we get an answer to this one simple question I don't buy for a second that he didn't know. His motivations for doing this, now that is another story...

Maestro's picture

I agree, the more I think about it the more I am back on the side of him being "in on it".
He said in an interview that she wrote him a letter right before the Stanford game (10-13-12) telling him to stay humble.  Nevermind that she died a month prior.
FISHY beyond anything I could ever dream up.

vacuuming sucks

RedStorm45's picture

And the "hoaxer " would have to have been hella dedicated to stay on the phone all night every night.

RedStorm45's picture

Doesn't add up.  In an interview he says the last letter came before the Stanford game.  Then an SI article says it was the wake forest game, I assume emailed to him from her "family."

popeurban's picture

@Maestro, I was all in on Te'o guilty, but as I said above, I just can't see swarbrick, ND AD, sticking his neck out without investigators clearing Te'o.  

AndyVance's picture

Oh, then you're not paying attention. Swarbrick is charged with keeping the empire safe and strong, and that means buying a half-assed explanation about the hoax of all hoaxes hook, line and sinker.
(See also others' comments regarding the multitude of other deaths, scandals and sexual misdeeds perpetrated in and around the ND program and the fact that none of them have ever seen the light of day in the press...)

onetwentyeight's picture

Gee willickers, I can't see the ND AD cover up things like oh the Rape of a girl by ND football players who then killed herself. Or a student filming a football practice in unsafe work conditions who then died as a result either. No way. A ND AD circling the wagons to protect the brand? Shocking.

Maestro's picture

So Brian Te'o is the source of the Stanford-ND postgame meeting between Manti and the girl in 2009.  So Manti clearly had either led his parents astray or his Dad was just making shit up.

vacuuming sucks

buckeyedude's picture

This is more shocking than Milli Vanilli.

 

 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Somehow, I can't help to think that the media will find a way to blame this all on Jim Tressel.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Killer nuts's picture

Tressel rigged raffles to let Te'o's girlfriend win

RedStorm45's picture

He never visited her grave or family after the funeral?? Give me a break.

onetwentyeight's picture

Just trolled through IrishEnvy. My god. So apparently Robert Woods (The USC WR) RTed the iWorship twitter used by Ronaiah? IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR. I DONT KNOW ANYMORE. 
 
https://twitter.com/HeismanWoods/status/217094583383896065
 
Going to bed. I'm sure more info will be out by the time I wake up. 

Buckeyeneer's picture

Do you think that Brian Te'o has blacklisted Deadspin yet?

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Killer nuts's picture

Anybody else see that Lenay Kekua is tweeting again? Saying that the truth will be addressed today at noon PST

Killer nuts's picture

It isn't fair to drag Reagan and Troy into this.. a lot of truths and myths need to be addressed here, and they will be at noon PST tomorrow

AndyVance's picture

Didn't see you had posted this before I embedded the Tweet above. Good eye, my friend.

BuckeyeChief's picture

"Manti's girlfriend is real. I saw her myself!"

-George Glass

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

buckeyedude's picture

Jan's imaginary friend, George Glass, LOL.
I really hate to stereotype imaginary people, but I swear they are all the same. Liars.
 
 

 

 

DefendYoungstown's picture

What a disgusting ploy for attention, just as the heisman talk was starting up too...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

harleymanjax's picture

I'm beginning to wonder if Rudy's friend that died in the steel mill accident was actually real?

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

harleymanjax's picture

I believe she was real, until she made the fatal mistake of trying to steal food from Brady Hoke's plate, then he made her disappear!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Anononym's picture
tennbuckeye19's picture

I love it when a fake dead girl speaks.

ARMYBUCK's picture

If Te'o really wasnt in on this Hoax and he really is that naive who wants to volunteer to tell him about Santa Clause?

Hockey Buck's picture

Shockingly, Manti Teo says he did not have anything to do with and had no idea it was a hoax.
Phew! Glad that is over, because that is good enough for me and Lance Armstrong.