Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te´o told ESPN that he "never, not ever" was involved in creating the hoax that had him touting what turned out to be a fictional girlfriend, "Lennay Kekua." "When they hear the facts, they´ll know," Te´o told ESPN´s Jeremy Schaap in his first interview since the story broke. "They´ll know that there is no way that I could be a part of this." "I wasn´t faking it," he said during a 2 1/2-hour interview, according to ESPN.com. Te´o said he only learned for sure this week that he had been duped.
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lil dotty, 1/19/2013 5:52:46 AM (No. 9125848)
The media must find something to discuss in order to avoid....election fraud, Benghazi, debt crisis, Second Amendment debate, muslim foreigner in the white house, etc etc etc. This subject is as good as anything. A big bowl of nothing burger.
I´m just glad he didn´t get the Heisman. As far as the draft goes, #2 is right. The Alabama game will hurt him in the draft worse than the disappearing girlfriend. But, the NFL is already full of well-paid players with sketchier lives than this kid.
Notre Dame is making a big mistake encouraging him to speak out. Everything he is "clarifying" is a lie. Now he has had to admit that he lied to his father about ever meeting her and his father is being exposed as a media bully who lied to the press to cover up his son´s obvious "fairy" tale. Need I say more.
What 4 said. Manti Te´o made himself a laughing stock for life. That is its own punishment. Therefore it is inappropriate for the media to hound him. Why kick this kid when he is down? He didn´t beat his girlfriend. He isn´t implicated in two homicides like Ray Lewis, who was let off the hook and is now the sports media Man of the Year. But the press can´t stop. And won´t stop until this kid has a nervous breakdown or worse. Media incompetence and corruption helped manufacture the Manti Te´o story, now they they smell blood and seek to destroy him.
I continue to place the blame on the media members who chose not to ask any questions. They didn´t even go on line to check for the obituary for the nonexistent girlfriend. That was nothing other than media malpractice, in my opinion.
The rest of the blame rests on the shoulders of Notre Dame, which had much to gain if the lad won the Heisman trophy. And the conduct of the athletic director has been shameless - one of the most disgusting displays of cynicism I have ever seen.Jack Swarbrick should be ashamed of himself. But he won´t be. Notre Dame essentially murdered a young video camera lad by putting him up on that lift to tape a practice session of the football team in high winds. And there was the recent suicide of a young woman who was allegedly raped by football players. Notre Dame now stands for nothing. They should cover up Touchdown Jesus. He is inappropriate to the ND setting.
Pro football is big business. They are not going to draft anyone based on whether they are a Christian, a non-Christian, a liar or truthful. They are going to draft based on football talent and what they can do for the team´s success. Tebow has not shown the talent to be an NFL quarterback, so if he gets dropped or picked up cheap by another team it will not be because he is a Christian.
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