Manti Te’o was the hero of the college football season, overcoming the loss of both his grandmother and his girlfriend on the same day to lead his team to victory over Michigan State. But then Deadspin broke the news that Lennay Kekua was nothing but an online figment, compiled from stolen Facebook pictures, possibly by Te’o’s friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. Te’o says he was the victim of a hoax, but others are skeptical that he could have been suckered for so long.Below, three theories on how the Catfish-meets-Lifetime scandal might have come about.
Comments: My opinion is that he made the whole thing up and I´m certainly gratified that it didn´t win him the Heisman.
No matter which theory is correct, where he made his big mistake was the interview on Dec. 8th with ESPN where he was still talking about the awful loss of his girlfriend to leukemia in September. It is a fact that he and Notre Dame knew it was all a hoax on De. 6th, 2 days before the interview. Even if theory #1 is true and he genuinely had been tricked all along, he knew at the time of the interview it was a hoax but continued to talk about his ´girlfriend´s death´. And ESPN didn´t even ask him a question about it; he brought up the subject himself, so he was promoting a sympathy vote for the Heisman at that point.
Sure -there are more important things to cover, but that doesnt mean they will, just because of this story. I dont believe him, and think it was all to get attention and to win sympathy vote for the Heisman. He lied about too many things. If she didnt exist and then didnt die, who did he send the flowers to? Wouldnt you know at that point there was no funeral? But the biggest clue is what #16 said. He KNEW it was a hoax and still was promoting it. And his parents are in on it too.. sounds to me like all were in on it. The man is delusional, and to cover for him and promote him as a victim is what makes this a story that needs exposed.
You people are missing the two main points about this story. First, no reporter bothered to do the most minimal factchecking, which could have been to look for an obituary, or try to talk to her parents about Te´o. The newspapers could have assigned some of the same sports reporters who went to Alaska in 2008 to investigate Sarah Palin´s H.S. basketball skills. But nothing was done except to interview Te´o´s parents, who had a vested interest in pimping out their son for the Heisman. (See Cam Newton´s daddy, for example) Te´o was a family money tree. But the biggest perp in my opinion is Notre Dame. Notre Dame is a public relations machine, and pimping out Te´o´s candidacy for the Heisman served the interests of ND. So I suspect they knew about the truth, and chose to amplify the lie. Jack Swarbrick is the AD at Notre Dame, and he held a press conference on Wednesday, and it was the most fake, insincere appearance I have ever seen. He even tried to come up with some tears, and almost was successful. He talked about how the investigation of Te´o showed that Te´o was the victim, but will not release the investigation report. Swarbrick was disgusting in his little show, in my opinion. So what do we have? A psychologically disturbed, maybe sociopathic lad, parents who were looking for financial security, and a Catholic college that has no particular moral scruples. They did, after all, give an honorary doctorate to the abortionist in chief. And they almost pulled off the impossible, by pimping out a defensive player for the Heisman. So shame on the news business, shame on the lad, shame on his parents, and SHAME on Notre Dame, the Catholic college that stands for nothing.
One interesting aspect of the story is how poorly the sports media performed. Not only did they not fact check the story they promoted, but I think they were in on the cover up. The announcers downplayed the girlfriend story at the National Championship game, if they mentioned it at all. Someone on Fox this morning called it the Football-Industrial Complex.
#28, you have made the comparison with Palin´s experience on at least two threads. The difference, of course, is that Palin was a national vice-presidential candidate. This guy is a college football player. Not many newspapers would have spent the money to see if he really had a girlfriend.
No. 28, I like the way you have broken this down. Well thought out and well stated. I suspect you are as close to the truth as any other ideas. I love football (pro and college -War Eagle!) but I am becoming cynical and disillusioned that either are sports. More like big (BIG) business.
No. 28 gets it - who has an interest in making the guy pathetic & getting the public to feel sorry for him (and hand him an award)? Think back on how BO was pimped & promoted by Harvard. What is Affirmative Action except "feeling sorry" for a certain class of people & their lack of progress? The fantasy back story on Clinton´s "deprived" childhood when he was running for pres. (there is a picture of him, in his mother´s biography, fixing a soda at his own HOME soda fountain)! Think of Oprah & her gullible audience & how they love feeling virtuous & superior because they "feel sorry" for her pathetic, confessing guests. All of it is related - to play on the public´s emotions...and get the desired response - give something: a trophy, an award, a restored public image and even an undeserved political office to people who cannot achieve honestly.
Too bad this and the misbehaving of Johnny Football wasn´t given a full vetting before the Heisman was awarded. Colin Klein would have won hands down. He had one bad game and dropped off the chart. Part if the Heisman award consideration is supposed to be CHARACTER and Colin Klein has the best character of the three hands down.
Shame on Notre Dame for covering this up and especially for doing nothing to help the young girl raped by the ND football player She committed suicide. As I´ve said before, Notre only believes in one God, Football. I´ve lost ALL respect for Notre Dame.
Yes, #28 covered all the major points. I did hear one reporter yesterday say that the way one particular teammate acted when asked about T´s "girlfriend," he was suspicious. He was almost telling him with his demeanor, "it´s not real, you guys." The reporter said it bugged him so he called T, said can I contact the girl´s parents, to get obit info, interview, etc.? T said no, they want their privacy. So, my point is, at least one reporter did make an effort.
There are a lot of unanswered questions and the bottom line is that it is likely that no one will get out of this without some bruises, scars and smudges.
Having said that, this is nothing compared with the mysteries surrounding Fauxbama, the PIAPS´ law firm records turning up in the WH, the death of Vince Foster, etc. etc. Could we please get the LSM interested in something that´s really important?
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The Advocate, 1/18/2013 11:36:17 AM (No. 9124368)
Re 28 Corruption and possibly gay. But what stands out to me is " In 2006, Te´o played for Punahou School, a private co-ed institution in Manoa, Honolulu, where he had also attended middle school." POTUS and Mant both had fictional girlfriends/ stories. When will the press REALLY investigate the cardboard AA cutout out that is POTUS?
This story is the result of sloppy, shallow reporting and feel goodism over objective journalism. The reason we can´t get the truth in the media is because virtually EVERY reporter in EVERY field is a a narrow, shallow, and lazy thinker who simply parrots back what he is told.
Man does not live by politics alone . Because some of us are interested in this scam, does not make us less interested in Obama´s scams. For months, the story of Manti Te´o and the death of his beloved girlfriend was touted by the sports media and Notre Dame as " the " motivating factor in their run to the national championship. It became a mix of Win One for the Gipper and Brian´s Song. The students rallied around Te´o by wearing leis to games to honor his grief and his dead girlfriend. The sympathy story aided his quest for the Heisman Trophy. It was a major and ongoing story in the world of college sports and highlights how the media , whether sports or otherwise , has become lazy and gullible . That´s why I call the media - the MTM ( Manti Te´o Media ) now. Because they have fashioned an imaginary president. Notre Dame embarrassed themselves with that ridiculous press conference the other day. The AD said Te´o only became aware on Dec 6 and yet , Te´o gave interviews on Dec 8 and 11 where he still referred to his dead girlfriend. He may not have been in on the hoax in the beginning, but, he obviously became a willing participant at some point.
And why does anybody care what prima donna athletes say or do? I will watch them perform but I don´t really care what they do outside of that. I detest stupid gossip when there is real news out there for people to be concerned about.
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