Pat Forde has Te'o's Back

By Jason Priestas on January 17, 2013 at 9:36a

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onetwentyeight's picture

See: my earlier comment regarding the type of "stodgy old sportswriters" who will buy this BS

CaliforniaBuckeyeGirl's picture

"Deadspin did not wait to hear from Notre Dame, which had investigated the hoax. But it did quote an anonymous friend of Tuiasosopo saying he was "80 percent sure" that Manti Te'o was "in on it," and that the two perpetrated Lennay Kekua's death with publicity in mind.
That's a significant, character-assassinating allegation to pin on a source who is "80 percent sure.""
Because sports writers NEVER level character-assassinating allegations without being 100% sure.

LouieG's picture

Agreed.  Why didn't ND respond to Deadspin right away if they have known about this for 3 weeks?  They could have gotten out in front of this when Deadspin called by making a statement right then.  Instead they ignored Deadspin and by doing so ND let Deadspin shape the narrative. So either ND has a PR dept that is completely incompetent or they are full of crap. There are so many things about this that don't make sense. 

RC's picture

Because sports writers NEVER level character-assassinating allegations without being 100% sure.

George Dohrmann concurs.

NC_Buckeye's picture

Is that the same George Dohrmann who is a famous Notre Dame alum and wrote that Pulitzer-worthy expose on Jim Tressel? <sarcasm>

penult's picture

Is that how Pat Forde framed it?
I think Deadspin was going on more than that one source, like the timeline of events and Te'o's remarks in interviews.  It wasn't so much a "character assassination" as bumping into someone they discovered was a vampire and opening the windows to let in sunlight. 

BuddhaBuck's picture

I don't ever want Pat Forde in my corner.
Give me Pete Fiutak -

Don't text while driving.

Enzo's picture

Ha. Fawn Liebowitz.

E2Brutus's picture

Mark this in the storied timeline of Stupid Sh*t Pat Forde Says and Does.

AndyVance's picture

Least surprising column EVER.

Buckeyeneer's picture

Heaven forbid this dick admits that maybe he shouldn't have pushed Te'o so hard for the Heisman and done some investigating himself. I can't stand this self-righteous, smug piece of crap.

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

THE Ohio State University

AndyVance's picture

It's like poker - once you go all in on a bluff, you can't flinch on the River and say "Nah, just kidding, I don't have #&*% in my hand." Forde's been all in for a long time.

kevinfrenchfry's picture

"On an unnerving night when it was hard to know what to believe and who to trust, Pat Forde was Pat Forde

tennbuckeye19's picture

This just in: Pat Forde is a fake journalist.

BuddhaBuck's picture

This is real. I've seen it! 

Don't text while driving.

acBuckeye's picture

Guaranteed: if this had been an Ohio State player under the Tressel regime, and the exact same thing happened, Forde would've torn the player AND the University new a**holes.
At least the yuppie admitted that he and all the other sports "journalists" that bought into this hoax got tricked b/c they didn't do their job well enough.
Wasn't he one of the clowns who were absolutely convinced that Ohio State players were running around in free/discounted cars? And he has the nerve to lecture Deadspin about character assassinations based on information that hasn't been proven??!!

Torpedo Vegas's picture

I bet Pat Forde thinks strippers like him too.

E2Brutus's picture

...and that waitresses and bartenders want to be his girlfriend

penult's picture

Wasn't there a Buckshot of the Deadspin article that broke the news? Why was that removed?

tennbuckeye19's picture

I think Jason removed the Buckshot because he put the story on the main page.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

If Pat Forde is for him, he must be guilty.

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

LouGroza's picture

Forde was on Te'o as his front runner for the Heisman from midseason on. He made the statement that not only was he a worthy player but his story was inspiring and the story made him a bigger and better candidate. Now to validate his own stance and the accompanying swollen head he maintains on a daily basis, he will pound out story after story backing Te'o. Journalism doesn't exist anymore. It's all about writers egos.

Poe McKnoe's picture

I was going to ask how many Teo articles Forde wrote.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

In other news, Pat Forde stands behind Craig James, who he claims was too naive to really kill 5 hookers.....

Bucksfan's picture

To Pat Forde:  COOL STORY, BRO!

Dr. House's picture

Wow Pat make sure you wipe off your chin before going on your way.

JasonOSU_UNI's picture

Hopefully Pat Forde asks to see receipts for all of Manti Teo's tattoos.

BucksfanXC's picture

"I believe the people who may have stories for me in the future so I need to stay on their good side. If later, I am wrong, no one can blame me for being nice to a college kid."

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

Just so we're clear, this is everyones SECOND chance to be real journalists and investigate this thing, Pat Forde chooses not to. Who's next?

acBuckeye's picture

Do you even lift, Pat Forde?

Denny's picture

Also believes McFadden's is a great OSU campus bar.


NYCBuckeye's picture

As the great modern philosopher TP would Say--
Pat Forde is a fake journalist. Fake as hell

onetwentyeight's picture

"i mean everybody kills people, murders people, kills off online girlfriends that aren't real, etc"

MediBuck's picture

"At the risk of stereotyping, I'll offer this conjecture: Te'o is a Mormon, and there are a lot of LDS members who lack significant romantic experience when entering young adulthood. Courtship might have been a novel and/or highly idealized concept." -- Forde Article

Wow, Pat. I already knew you were a shitty journalist, but I'm impressed that you have the semi-self-awareness to point out that you're bigoted too. I'm no follower of Joseph Smith, but I'm pretty sure people are people wherever you go, and you can't defend the actions of one individual based on a presumption about their entire religious background.

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

buckeye_baker's picture

Agreed. Basically, anytime you have to start something with "at the risk of stereotyping" or "I don't mean to stereotype" just stop. 

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

BrewstersMillions's picture

This is priceless. The RMS Fighting Irish his an iceberg this week and so far, Jack Swarbrick and Pat Forde have decided to stay in first class sipping brandy, hitching their reputations to the idea that things just aren't that big of a deal. Meanwhile, everyone with a thimble full of common sense has a good enough head on their shoulders to get the eff off the sinking ship by not making broad, sweeping statements about their unwavering support for said sinking ship.