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  •  "Tailored My Stories" (5+ / 0-)

    From ABC News: "Manti Te'o Denies 'Faking It' in Girlfriend Hoax, Admits He 'Tailored' Story"

    While Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o told ESPN that he "wasn't faking it" when he talked about his love for a woman who now appears to be part of an elaborate hoax involving an online relationship with a fictional girlfriend, he acknowledged that he had crafted stories about the woman he had called the love of his life.

    Te'o admitted to a few mistakes in his own conduct, including telling his father he met "Lennay Kekua" in Hawaii even though his attempt to meet her actually failed. Later retellings of that tale led to inconsistencies in media reports, Te'o said, adding that he never actually met Kekua in person.

    Te'o added that he feared people would think it was crazy for him to be involved with someone that he never met, so, "I kind of tailored my stories to have people think that, yeah, he met her before she passed away."

    Te'o said he only learned for sure this week that he had been duped.

    •  Didn't his father... (4+ / 0-)
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      also claim (in an interview) to have met her himself?

      •  Very, very strange... (5+ / 0-)
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        ...gotta wonder what exactly this was all about.

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:14:18 PM PST

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      •  Yes (5+ / 0-)

        His father was quoted in an October 2012 South Bend Tribune article describing a meeting between the fake girl & Te'o.

        "Several meetings were set up where Lennay never showed," [Notre Dame athletic director Jack] Swarbrick said Wednesday.

        Brian Te'o, Manti's father, was quoted in the same Tribune story detailing his son's meeting with Kekua in Hawaii, contradicting Swarbrick :

        "They started out as just friends," Brian Te'o said. "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."

        Even with his new admissions, there's a lot about this story that doesn't seem to make sense.
        As for why Te'o never visited his dying girlfriend in the hospital, he told Schaap, "It never really crossed my mind."
        That just doesn't fly with this guy believing that this girl was the love of his life & being an innocent dupe. Either the entire thing is a deception, or he was gullible and was deceiving the public when he was selling the depth of the tragic "lost love" story.
    •  Andrew Sullivan... (7+ / 0-)

      posted some reader emails yesterday suggesting that Te'o might be in the closet, and this whole story part of a cover-up.

      I don't know if I buy into that, but it is an intriguing possibility (not that there's anything wrong with that... being gay, I mean).

      •  If He's Lying..... (5+ / 0-)
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        There seems to be three possibilities:

        • Te'o is telling bits of the truth & he was the victim of a hoax. But he was embarrassed & instead of coming clean to being duped, he tried to save face & lied. And the lie spun out of control.
        • Instead of being a victim of a hoax, Te'o (who's a Mormon going to a renowned Catholic school) concocted the relationship to dissuade inquiries into his personal life. The long-distance relationship provides an answer to "why don't you have a girlfriend?" and the story of a girlfriend being sick with cancer gives a credible excuse for why the long-distance girlfriend wouldn't be attending games, especially when he's playing at her school (Stanford) or in big nationally televised events. While the deception would still be wrong, this explanation is also tragic, since it would be an example of a guy so afraid of what people might think about him that he went to these kinds of lengths.
        • The story was fabricated by Te'o and/or his backers as a stunt to increase his chances at winning the Heisman (which he came in second in balloting for), and raise a positive national profile to increase marketability & his draft chances for the NFL.

        Both the second & third explanations would be bad for him both professionally & personally, but I think the third one would probably be the most damning to him, as far as public reputation. And, fair or not, you can bet private investigators for various NFL teams are going to be digging into this before a first round draft pick is used on him.
      •  Calamity Jean suggested the "beard" angle... (4+ / 0-)
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        ...this afternoon, after reading online about it.

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:04:33 PM PST

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    •  Am I missing something here? (8+ / 0-)

      Do the kids nowadays go around calling people they've never met in person before their girlfriends/boyfriends, or is this Te'o thing as weird as it sounds?

      "I'm so happy 'cause today I found my friends, they're in my head. Light my candles, in a daze 'cause I found god." - Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:26:06 PM PST

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      •  Lots Of Lonely People In The World (6+ / 0-)

      •  Well I got sucked into a website that seemed (6+ / 0-)
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        to have the same opinions I did regarding well, most everything. And then I found that communicating online with some of those folks was kinda fun. And then a few years passed. And some diva person began organizing meet-ups. And I actually found myself driving to a couple of these things. Where I did find that actual physical people claimed those odd screen names. And we hugged, drank, ate and had fun. But I have a husband so I would never claim any of those odd folks as a girlfriend/boyfriend. I must assume they will return the favor.  

        if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

        by mrsgoo on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:41:05 PM PST

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    •  Who cares? (5+ / 0-)

      Idiots like this end up making millions of dollars while millions of American working stiffs have lost jobs, and those who are still working are seeing their paychecks shrink in value. Just another bright shiny object.

      There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. - Sun Tzu

      by OHeyeO on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:27:02 PM PST

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      •  This (1+ / 0-)
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        For days, I've been trying to figure out what this is all about and why I should care. I'd never even heard of this guy until this "news" broke. Either he was duped by someone or he's making the whole thing up. Either way it's simply a distraction from things that are actually important. And the same goes for Lance Armstrong.

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