What a joke.
ESPN to Air Off Camera Audio Interview with Te'o on Sportscenter Following OKC vs. DAL.
The need for a lawyer? Actually, when the lawyer stops the question, I guess they don't want us to see the question that they asked.
That was more nothing then I have ever experienced...does Teo have an insane struggle or was Schapp playing on his phone for those 2.5 hours, because he brought me nothing
stutter not struggle, blah
Te'o does have an insane struggle on his hands ;)
What a joke. No phone records were produced?
I really just want to see him answer questions with a lie detector. Clearly he is a good actor and ESPN is falling for his shit.
So Schapp wants us to believe that Teo recieved a call from his dead girlfriend and STILL didn't know he was being duped? That he actually believed she may have been alive, and had to fake her own death to avoid drug dealers?
If that were true, Te'o would be the stupidest person on the face of the planet.
Doesn't Manti know that the guy is supposed to be the one who lies about being a secret agent being called away on dangerous assignments that prevent him from attending chick flicks or holiday events with some gal's relatives?
Am I the only guy who regularly reads this blog who doesn't care? At All? Like even a little? I don't understand this obsession with Te'o. What he did was creepy at best and sleezy and creepy at worst. I know it looks like he wanted public sympathy to motivate his team-- and, especially we may assume, his heisman candidacy-- but I am not sure it made much of a difference. He didn't actually kill anyone, he didn't sell drugs to kids-- I guess I am not as fascinated with creeps as others here seem to think. Whatever he did he will pay for ten times more in humilation.
About this story, I PROBABLY would not have read past the title. AND would not have responded so late in this post. But I guess that's just me.
Am I the only guy who regularly reads this blog who doesn't care? At All? Like even a little? I don't understand this obsession with Te'o. What he did was creepy at best and sleezy and creepy at worst. I know it looks like he wanted public sympathy to motivate his team-- and, especially we may assume, his heisman candidacy-- but I am not sure it made much of a difference. He didn't actually kill anyone, he didn't sell drugs to kids-- I guess I am not as fascinated with creeps as others here seem to be. Whatever he did he will pay for ten times more in humilation, and that's ok by me.
very much agree with this post.....I will admit the only reason I even read the story is because of it guilty pleasure/soap-opera appeal. Te'o committed no crimes, just made himself look like a complete jackass, which many celebrities and athletes in the past have done. Nobody should care, and there is no "justice" that needs to be served. People should just forgive and forget. But alas, this story is damn entertaining, and I hate myself for feeling that way about it.
It's kind of sad. He's the face of one of most well known programs in college football and he could only get an internet girlfriend who wasn't even real?
If only he had really loved his fake dead internet girlfriend Michigan would have four straight wins over the Irish right now.
He was so distraught over his fake dead girlfriend that he got a new live one not long after her death according to TMZ.
I haven't talked to her for years though, so I can't really text her and ask her about it.... Anyways, cool story, right?
What kind of tv network agrees to do an interview off air? Espn....zero credibility as a news outlet. Waste of time, why did I stay up for this? Hah
told ya so, and i only lasted 1 minute (thats what she said).
Not only did they do the interview off air, but the Te'o camp made ESPN agree to no cameras and limited audio which is why Schaap is having to relay all the info. If they had any journalistic integrity they would have declined to do the interview under those rules.
Bobby Knight was right when he said that Jeremy Schaap has a long way to go to be as good as his father.
Just wait until the NFL teams get a hold of him for interviews. They're not as easy to push around as espn. Should be interesting.
Good point. Jim Rome interviewed a former NFL GM (name escapes me at the moment) yesterday and he said that they can live with criminals but "lie to my face and it's over." Someone will take a flyer on him at some point in the draft, but probably not until the 3rd or 4th round unless he can convince the GM's of his naivete.
That's dumb thinking. Te'o is still gonna be a 1st, early 2nd round pick. When that GM was talking about lying, I'm sure he was talking about drugs or something, not something as trivial as making up a fake girlfriend.
Because no matter what side you believe, it boils down to 2 things. Either Te'o is a huge attention whore, or he's really naive. Neither is going to hurt his draft stock too seriously
If I were to fake my own death to avoid drug dealers, I probably would have chosen a long lasting battle with leukemia too....perfectly believable.
I've been looking for a bridge. Do you have any swamp land to go with it?
The only thing worthwile knowing in this story is that Te'o is a liar. There's nothing more to it. Who cares if he was set up, this story has gotten out of hand.
This is so infuriating -- did they not even ask him why he kept talking about his girlfriend after December 6th? That is a critical issue. Schaap just seems like a cheerleading for the guy.
thats how they got the exclusive 1 on 1 off vidoe interview.
He was SO CONVINCING according to Schaap. Ya think? Shocking that a guy who lied about his dead girlfriend in multiple interviews after he found out she wasn't real could be convincing.
Why wouldn't ESPN go easy on him? The more "convincing" the story is, the easier for them to justify running up the hype of the original story instead of admitting to irresponsible journalism.
According to Schaap, Teo JUST found out about this hoax a couple days ago. Most people's thought: "the fuck?" Schaap's thought: "Oh, that's for sure a fact, I wonder if his lawyer will allow me to get an autograph"
"He tried to speak with Kekua via Skype and FaceTime on several occasions, but the person at the other end of the line was in what he called a "black box" and wasn't seen."
Yea, that happens sometimes. For years.
Most guys get the hint
So what about the players on the team who came out and said they knew it was a hoax and manti was just playing along because it was a good story???? I THINK SOMEONE NEEDS TO QUESTION THEM AGAIN!!!
Those players actually just died to avoid drug dealers
For those of you that aren't watching, I'll sum it up: Just trust Schaap, Teo sounded believable. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain
At worst Teo lied and perpetuated a hoax and at best he's simple and clearly delusional.
If he was really the victim of a hoax that lasted over two years he has to be monumentally stupid.
That's what I meant by simple.. But yes possibly delusional.
If this catfish dude is looking for another mark, he should hit up Jeremy Schaap.
Deadspin loves to rip on espn so tomorrow should be some good reading as they break down this great journalism by espn
So someone had time to be on the phone with Teo for hours at a time over the span of a couple of years?
Considering how much time being a college football player consumes and the fact that he goes to a school that supposedly does not shepherd its athletes into easy classes, where did Te'o find the time for these extended phone calls?
If it was during the offseason or summer, how about just hopping on a plane and meeting this girl, especially if she was the love of his life?
Schaap's response to that: "that's a good question"
Who keeps old texts from a "dead girlfriend"? I mean, Schapp is referencing texts that Te'o showed him... WHY would you keep those? Especially if he had a "new girlfriend" since the supposed death. Wouldn't the new girlfriend feel weird about those being saved?
Has anyone seen the video of that great American chess player (bobby Fischer?) going nuts on jeremy Schapp during a press conference? The chess player was a loon, but that's all I can think of watching this..