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Manti Te´o´s inspirational
girlfriend story a hoax

USA Today, by Paul Myerberg

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Posted By:Flyball dogs, 1/16/2013 6:24:27 PM

To tell the story of Manti Te´o, Notre Dame´s star linebacker, one must discuss his inspirational play in this September´s win over Michigan State. Just days after the death of his grandmother and his girlfriend, Te´o racked up 12 tackles and recovered a fumble in a 20-3 victory over the Spartans. The following Saturday, after Lennay Kekua´s funeral, Te´o made two interceptions in a 13-6 victory over Michigan. In articles in Sports Illustrated and the South Bend Tribune and in interviews on ESPN, Te'o would recount how his girlfriend, Kekua, requested that he send white flowers to her funeral.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: JAN, 1/16/2013 6:39:02 PM     (No. 9120929)

Reggie Bush

Cam Newton

Manti Te´o...........

The Heismann committee needs to do a much better job vetting these candidates.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/16/2013 6:42:03 PM     (No. 9120934)

When it comes to Notre Dame, that is also a hoax, for anything surrounding the Heisman campaign.
Paul Hornung was pimped out by a 1-8 Notre Dame team, and he won the Heisman over Jimmy Brown of Syracuse university. Brown is considered to be the greatest athlete of the 20th century, who starred at Syracuse in football, lacrosse, basketball and track.
John Huarte, 1964 or thereabouts, of notre dame qb fame, won the Heisman, and he was almost as big a myth as Manti´s nonexistent girlfriend.
So the story doesn´t surprise me.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 1/16/2013 6:43:26 PM     (No. 9120938)

He claims he didn´t know...? WTH?!?
Maybe the inspiration came from Obama! After all, Obama had a "composite" girlfriend.

/s off/

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Pearson365, 1/16/2013 6:44:18 PM     (No. 9120940)

It´s a Hawaiian thing. He fell in love with the daughter of Obama´s composite girlfriend.





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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/16/2013 6:47:24 PM     (No. 9120952)

It always seemed to be a strange story or coincidence...
girlfriend dying at same time as grandmother.

I was for Johnny Football for Heisman anyway.

And I see the Texas A & M Athletic Director had a chat with Johnny and parents...
encouraging responsible behavior and knowing the consequences of actions.

Not a bad idea.

Now if we can just contain Brent Musburger.
See that AJ´s hot babe will be working the Super Bowl in Nawlins this year.
Just make sure Joe Namath does not show up inebriated... pleeeezzzee.
All we need is for him to try to paw someone on-camera.... s/o

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 1/16/2013 6:55:17 PM     (No. 9120972)

My gut feeling is that he´s a liar.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Illinois Mom, 1/16/2013 6:59:23 PM     (No. 9120982)

Reading the article explains a bit further. It still strains belief, however, he wouldn´t be the first person duped.

I had a flesh and blood friend whose sad story I fell for hook, line, and sinker...and I was about his age at the time.

Why didn´t the writers of the articles in Sports Illustrated ans ESPN verify their stories before running with them? Deaths are verifed so easily.

It has the making´s of a great Lifetime Movie.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/16/2013 7:01:17 PM     (No. 9120987)

Anyone who has any doubts about this guy´s having lied and lied and lied and lied some more need only read this piece from deadspin.com. There is a link to it embedded in the posted article, but many won´t find it.

http://deadspin.com/5976517/manti-teos-dead-girlfriend-the-most-heartbreaking-and-inspirational-story-of-the-college-football-season-is-a-hoax

Was he in on the hoax? You betcha. It was a massive publicity stunt. And that´s sick.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: hot coffee, 1/16/2013 7:12:15 PM     (No. 9121011)

This guy´s a fraud just like his school.

"Roll Tide"--Pope Benedict XVI

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Illinois Mom, 1/16/2013 7:45:02 PM     (No. 9121073)

I went to the site recommended by #8.

Oh yes...he was not an innocent. He supposedly met her frequently.

It is very telling that NONE of the big name "news" organizations did NO fact checking at anytime.

And we wonder how an imposter, phoney baloney, know nothing, inexperienced person became President, despite all the contradictory information.

All he had to do was invent what he wanted himself to be...and suddenly it is fact.




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Reply 11 - Posted by: Screwgun, 1/16/2013 7:46:23 PM     (No. 9121079)

Te´o has a fictional beard.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Phosphene, 1/16/2013 8:14:39 PM     (No. 9121143)

Just when you thought his performance in the National Championship game was the most humiliating that could happen to him this month.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 1/16/2013 8:31:47 PM     (No. 9121160)

Per #5: "Now if we can just contain Brent Musburger."

What did he do wrong? Don´t say anything about the Miss Alabama comments, because there was nothing inappropriate about what he said.

#9 says it best. I´m surprised, also, that there wasn´t mention in the article about his graduation from Punahou School - the same school where the immigrant child from Indonesia spent his days chooming.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: seminolesecure, 1/16/2013 8:42:24 PM     (No. 9121177)

ESPN, NBC, Golf Channel~ they all live for these tragic death stories and any sort of public battle with serious illness du jour. He just gave them exactly what they want. Too bad grandma´s death was not enough for him. Did she really die?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: thewarden, 1/16/2013 9:41:57 PM     (No. 9121253)

Uh oh, Te´o. Karma is not going to be pretty. You might regret this x100 someday.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: avidyananda, 1/16/2013 9:52:42 PM     (No. 9121265)

When Te´o was idolized as a great football player, it was frequently mentioned that he attended the same elite high school as did that guy in the White House. Now that we see that there is not as much substance as there is myth--or shall we say trouble with the truth--this alumni connection will be buried.


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Reply 17 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/16/2013 10:35:34 PM     (No. 9121312)

Te´o... Te´o... Daylight come and you wanna go home.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: smcchk, 1/16/2013 10:54:37 PM     (No. 9121323)

Te´o is a great college football player and he will be a great NFL one too.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: paloalto, 1/17/2013 1:22:16 AM     (No. 9121460)

The truth will out. Every interview Manti has ever given is being dissected to determine whether or not he was in on the hoax or not, so we´ll all know the truth soon enough.

If he was involved in the hoax, does that mean he orchestrated all the tweets and online communications with this girl for months on end with the intent of "killing her off" at some point, creating an imaginary illness to kill off his imaginary girlfriend at just the right time to motivate the team to go shake down some thunder and win just one more for the Gipper?

I have a hard time believing anyone could be so cold stone ambitious to orchestrate something like that. (Besides Hillary.)

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Reply 20 - Posted by: varkdriver, 1/17/2013 6:48:23 AM     (No. 9121617)

"Sophomore Dies In Kiln Explosion"

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Reply 21 - Posted by: nongreenrunner, 1/18/2013 11:34:29 AM     (No. 9124359)

#21, that little minx! Did she put you up to this?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: msjena, 1/18/2013 12:32:55 PM     (No. 9124546)

I guess fact-checking must not be taught in journalism school anymore. How could they just accept things that are easily verifiable, such as that she went to Stanford? Didn´t they look for the death notice? What about her funeral--any questions about that?

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