Per the bottom line on ESPN, I'm sure there are links everywhere. Seems like a strange way to decide to tell his story. Maybe someone advising him went with the whole "wait til Friday to give bad news" theory and doubled down by moving it to midnight in hopes to downplay it even further.
ESPN to Air Off Camera Audio Interview with Te'o on Sportscenter Following OKC vs. DAL.
To hell with Te'o and to hell with Notre Dame!
To hell with Brian Kelly as well
To infinity and beyond!
Wait a minute...
If this is all off camera, how do we even know that it is real? Are we supposed to just trust that its not that Tuiasosopa guy screwing with us, too?
wut? im fukin wasted!
Christmas in January. Why can't Notre Dame embarrass themselves this much every week.
Bring back Charlie Weis and they will.
Yep, wait till Friday and in doing so wait till midnight. Plus with MLK Day Monday, it'll help in some ways to extend the weekend.
Copyright this, I'm calling this awesome male soap opera Dames of Our Lives...except ya'know, the lack of an actual dame.
Doesn't really play here. The default assumption (if he never says another word) is that he's done something wrong in this whole thing. So if he's coming on air to say that he did nothing wrong....you gain nothing by doing that late on Friday.
If no one notices the interview, then the default is to go back to assuming he did something wrong.
True, good point. And from what I'm reading/hearing thus far (haven't heard the interview yet) it was all pointless as hell anyway so again, what purpose was had by doing this at this juncture (Friday at midnight). ESPN is definitely getting their views/clicks/etc. by saying they were the first to interview him...which I suppose really was the purpose of this. Except that I have a feeling what he said probably makes more questions arise and answers nothing.
How will we know it is really him in the interview?
+1 to you
This agent is a PR nightmare. Is he going to hold him out of the public combine interviews? Approach head on or you're hiding something, which is probably pretty obvious at this point anyway.
This picture is all we have to go on.
So Jeremy Schapp (sp?) did the interview. Who is the other guy? His lawyer?
so I'm starting to feel bad for the guy. I'm sure he felt stupid enough before, now the whole world knows how stupid he was.
That's all well and good. But when you find out it was a hoax, why would you keep voluntarily talking about the relationship at the Heisman, etc.?
and was hoping that it would just blow over if he played it cool. I wouldn't be surprised if he admitted to lying about it because he hoped it would all go away instead of having to somehow admit to everyone that he had a fake online girlfriend
Frankly, I bet I'd do the same thing. Just hope it blows over and no one has to know.
To refuse to go on camera makes him look all the more guilty (and at this point its really hard to do that). Taking a lawyer with him makes it even worse.
Why does he not do an on camera interview?
Is it just that he hates being on camera (seem to not be the case since he did the college game day interviews)?
Is it because this is a real personal issue and it would be difficult to go on camera and admit that you were fool for 4 years- basically admitting that you are either a huge idiot or extremely gullible. (This is the only logical guess I can come up with)
Anything you guys can think of?
Him being on leave is in no way unfortunate.
I bet he cries.
Does Scott use the 'other side of the pillow' now? That was Olberman's thing from way back in the day! Shameless, StuPot. Shameless.
So all the bottom line is saying (and all the tweets I've seen) is that he denies that he "created the hoax" and he couldn't be part of something like that. That at least is not an outright statement he didn't learn it at somep point and go along with it. Will be interesting to see what his entire interview says.
He must think we are all as stupid as he is if he thinks we believe he was completely duped.
MIld correction. He doesnt think we're that stupid.....he's HOPING we're that stupid.
Regardless of what he says, the fact that he waited this long just makes me think he just wanted more time to think of a story/scenario where he comes off as the victim.
I hope Schaap asks him why, if he found out it was a hoax on December 6, he continued talking about her like she was real.
"Why did you claim someone was your girlfriend and the 'love of your life' if you had never met that person in your entire life?"
Pretty much the first and last question you need for this interview.
He has to at least admit that he embellished the love right? There is no way he can tow the line that this really was his true love. Can he?
You're close Purple. My first and last question would be:
"If you learned that your girlfriend was fake on December 6th as your Athletic Director claims, why did you reference her and her "death" on camera two weeks later when you knew by that time she didnt actually exist?"
His answer will be something like this.
"I know it wasn't the right decision but in my mind I didn't want to create a distraction for all my teammates."
Oh he's so unselfish and tried to do the right thing.- Stupid people mentioned up above will think.
The takeaway will be that "man that Te'o is such a great teammate. He knew he was going to take flack for this but he didn't want anyone else to suffer."
"Why did you allow a story to be printed about how you met some girl after a game against Stanford when that never happened and no such girl ever walked the Earth?"
I guess there are a few questions to be asked...
I don't think we're gonna learn anything from this interview other than that Te'o is a liar.
Espn sure does look like they're trying to spin the he was duped angle if you look at their front page. Protect the brand!
A sports figure who's helped them make money could espouse framing your best friend to look like a member of al qaeda, and they'd find a way to sell it.
sportscenter during the day was very te'o positive. other shows, not so much.
someone hire me
Profootballtalk, which has basically a partnership with NBC, said "it would have been better if Te'o said nothing. In reality that's what he has done." Even they aren't buying Te'o.ESPN can spin all they want. To many holes in his story and most of the public has already formed their opinion which won't change barring ground breaking evidence, which if it hasn't come by now almost definitely isn't.
The fact Te'o has a lawyer there indicates he thinks he could possibly be in more trouble than he already is.
I find it hilarious how ND just shot themself in the foot with this story.
They need to hurry up with this game. I dont want to leave in the middle of his explanation.
I've seen the transcripts Ken - you can go to bed now. It went like this:
ESPN: "Now Manti...you didnt have anything to do with this crazy story did you?
Teo:" Heck noI didnt"
ESPN: "Honest and true Manti? Pinky swear you weren't involved in way?"
Teo: "Honest and true guys. I was a VICTIM....."
Then there were 2 hours 29 minutes of hugs (because the interview was 2.5 hours long)
I honestly could have left and been at my friends house by now. This game.
I'm assuming Te'o cried a lot, but does it mention whether Jeremy Schaap broke down in tears at all?
I'm not a Pistons fan, but I thought it was a poor decision when they got rid of him. Think he was and is a very good to great coach.