Above: Schapp goes to Iceland to belittle a mentally ill old man.
Tonight: Schapp goes to Florida to befriend a simple caveman
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Above: Schapp goes to Iceland to belittle a mentally ill old man.
Tonight: Schapp goes to Florida to befriend a simple caveman
Thank you. How I've never seen this I can't comprehend. Good stuff.
"Like a typical Jewish snake..."
I feel like Schaap genuinely believed everything Teo said but after the 10th time he said "and I know this all sounds crazy..." he kinda figured out how contagious Teo's stupidity is
Has to be the case. I've never had anything against Schaap (liked his dad, alot) but this is some garbage. I know ESPN is happy they got the first interview, if one wants to call it that, and they got Jeremy to do this; but it sucks a**. He's better than this. He has to be playing by their rules and hating his life.
jeremy schapp is impossible to understand
bunch of non-sense
what kind of tv reporter does not film his interview?
It is to journalism what pig vomit is to fine dining.
His manner was ... off. Either he was fighting off stomach flu and was trying to hold it together before he defecated something explosive, or DomeFan texted him to tell him that his daughter was tied up in the trunk of his car.
This is the weirdest goddamn story ever. (The only way it makes even a miniscule amount of sense, of course, is that Te'o was in on it. But that's pretty weird too, I'd reckon.)
to end with "and thus concluded the Jeremy Schapp interview."
I believe the chain has evolved as follows:
1. "Te'o makes an online acquaintance with a woman named Kekau as a sophomore in 2010"
2. "Te'o and Kekau develop an online relationship"
3. "But in April of 2012, Te'o learns from other sources that Kekau is in a coma after a car accident
4. "In spite of the coma, Te'o and Kekau talk for hours at a time on the phone"
5. "Which leads Te'o to fall madly in love with his online acquaintance"
6. "Tragically, in September, Kekau dies of Leukemia"
7. "On the same day as Te'o's Grandmother"
8. "Te'o is torn whether or not to play in the MSU game or attend Kekau's funeral in person"
9. "Te'o chooses to attend the funeral online"
10. "And honors Kekau's dying wish by playing MSU"
11. "And makes two interceptions in Kekau's honor"
12. "And throws in online white roses"
13. "But in December, Te'o receives a call from Kekau"
14. "Kekau explains that she had to fake her death to escape the evil drug dealers"
NOW WE CAN"T JUST LET IT END THERE, so I'll continue
15. And so the drug dealers turn their attention to Te'o...
Lance Armstrong, that little girl from the NFL commercial that asks Ray Lewis what his favorite color is, my online girlfriend. These are just three people I would have rather seen interview Teo
Whoa. I was curious what the reaction on this board would be. You guys are sick
Huh!? And welcome...I think
care to explain? one man (owned by a disney channel that was only spewing positivity all day on their flagship program) interviewed another and says "Yeah, he is a victim". We are supposed to accept his words?
I'm fairly sure that Domer fans are the 1%'ers that believe everything that Manti is spewing, don't expect us to simply think that he's the dumbest person alive to believe he was led on by someone he's never met. He can understand bunch coverages, QB reads, but not that he's being scammed by some 20 year old cali kid? Come on now....
By reading the comments on here, I think it's clear that Notre Dame fans aren't the only
ones who are hearing what they want to believe.
There is some sh*t we won't eat.
and we've just been Sidd Finched
We're expected to believe he communicated with this girl on facebook and twitter and is somehow oblivious to the phenomenon that is video chat? Skype, facetime, facebook video... and yet he used none of them?
What happened to the report from Notre Dame that the school expected him to go public with this story on Monday prior to their press conference?
EDIT: Also, how does he have a meeting on Tuesday with Swarbrick and convince him this was a hoax if he wasn't sure of any of this until he received said phone call a day later.
ESPN makes this Tuiasosopo kid sound like quite the manipulator. I'm surprised he doesn't want to tell his side, clear his name or fess up to the public. Frankly, the media needs to stop reporting on this bizarre story. At this point it's too hard to determine who's telling the truth, lying, or possibly being paid to say certain things. Plus, this is all probably too much public humiliation for Manti, Ronaiah, and "Lennay" to handle over some foolishness. I hope someone is keeping an eye on Tuiasosopo, and everyone involved in this strange mess (including Manti) seeks mental help.
I am so confused at this point. The longer this goes on, the worse everyone involved continues to look. How can he continue to change his story and the media is just OK with it? How can anyone believe Teo at this point?
Hoax regardless, you're Manti Teo - you have ND coeds flinging themselves at you every night on campus, many of which may actually have class and would welcome your gentlemanly courtship, but you turn to a chat buddy you've never mat as your official squeeze?
The spider sense tingling says there's a question about this kid's sexual orientation. He's probably gay, and in college football, where the boys bang each other up about who they're dating and what they're doing, Teo probably felt the pressure to come up with some long distance girl in his life to stave off questions from his teammates as to why he was never chasing girls with the rest of them.
There is nothing wrong with being gay. I have many gay friends actually. But the fact remains that, while strides are being made with each passing generation in terms of greater tolerance, in this day and age being openly gay in college or pro football remains taboo and a major no-no toward your place as a cohesive member of the team.
End of day, Teo's sexual orientation and the pressure he was under is his business, but the fact that he went along with this chat buddy girlfriend story to his team, friends, coaches and the media, invited all of us in unfortunately, to behold a sad, confused young man.
I will bet Teo comes out of the closet within 20 years. Again, nothing wrong with being gay, but in the macho world of college football, this kid was in a tough bind and clowned himself in an effort to stay in the closet. There is no other rational explanation unless he's just really, autisticly bad with girls.
So sketch. Not only did he do this off camera and with his lawyer there, but Schapp said he looked very comfortable... Look at the photographs. They say otherwise... He's hunched over playing with water bottles in one pic (a very defensive and uncomfortable, fidgety posture) and covering his mouth with his hand in another pic (often a pretty obvious tell that someone is lying).
So yeah, the interview was off-camera, but we're totally supposed to take Schapp's word for it that Te'o looked comfortable and relaxed, when what little visual information (the photographs) that we do have say the exact opposite.
Furthermore, what he said tonight contradicts things that were said in the ND press conference on Wed.
Wed: Swarbrick says Te'o came to him saying he got hoaxed on Dec. 26.
Today: Te'o says he wasn't convinced he was hoaxed until 2 days ago.
Further, in the interview today Te'o admitted to lying to his dad about meeting Kekua.
So at this point, we do know for sure that Te'o is a flat out liar. Even in the muddy waters of this story, that much is clear at this point. Whether he was in on the hoax: who knows and I don't think so. (Although where is the receipt for the whtie roses and the phone records? He could easily show these to corroborate his side of the story and hasn't.) But at this point what we can say for sure is the guy is a liar and has no credibility.
It was nice of Te'o to come out and completely contradict some of what ND said after they backed him.
I think the most pathetic thing about this whole thing is how many people care about this. Someone may or may not have lied about something that doesn't affect the vast majority of people in any way? TO THE INTERNET!!!!
Are belong to you.
Someone on Twitter last night summed it up, this is the biggest story that doesn't really mean anything.
Teo (and to a lesser degree ND) is going to extreme lengths to cover up nonsense.
They should have released a statement on Dec 26 or so that a hoax had been perpetrated.
As the old saying goes "it's not the crime but the cover-up that buries you."
It is extremely uncharacteristic of me to care even a little bit about celebrity drama, which is why I am so totally perplexed by the fact that I just can't look away from this train wreck. Can't help it, no idea why. Maybe it's because it's a sports thing, maybe because I do not like Notre Dame ... maybe because the whole thing is so superlatively BIZARRE that it hurts my brain for there not to be a logical resolution. Which, unfortunately, I'm beginning to think there never will be. In short, I have no idea why I'm paying attention. But I am.
I am amused and intrigued by this tale. You can't make this stuff up...uhh...you know what I mean.
And, by the way, what are you doing here in this thread, oh disinterested one?
I'm sure glad Millen isn't our GM! He'd snag this guy in a heartbeat.
The Yahoo! Sports write-up is here (LINK)
I rather agree with them when they say:
"It’s unfortunate that Te’o declined to do the interview on camera and that we’re hearing Te’o’s side of the story secondhand. It makes it feel disingenuous and will only fuel conspiracy theories as to how much Te’o really knew and when."
Others here have touched on this, but an off-camera interview in the small hours, airing after an NBA game just does not seem like the sort of thing you would do if you were truly interested in quelling the interest in this story or indeed reassembling his now extremely shattered image.
Supposedly, ESPN will provide the audio later on their site for those who didn't catch it after the game - I haven't been able to find it, or I would post it, although a summary of the interview is up and posted here.
T. J. Yeldon and Eddie Lacy say they've never met Te'o and doubt he exists.
PLEASE; MAKE IT STOP!
Until a couple of days ago, I thought "Catfish" was just a fish that everyone in Louisiana loves to eat or a nickname they’d given to a now-deceased Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher. Now, I’m trapped in an intimate online relationship with a beautiful Nigerian princess who claims to be the real Lennay Kekua and who has promised to send me her fortune for safekeeping if I send her photocopies of my all credit cards and blank checks from every one of my bank accounts and the passwords to my investment accounts. And I keep hearing this song play wherever I go.
ND (B Kelly) and Teo had to be in on this from the beginning. Why else hold a rushed Presser right after you found out about the Deadspjn article? Now, ND will distance themselves as much as they can.
I hate that there are people in this world stupid enough to buy this bullshit.
They are called ND fans... and Buckeyes.
I highly doubt the NFL gives two shits about this.
When asked why he never visited his dying girlfriend he replied "it never crossed my mind." Say what? That doesn't sound like the type of guy that would fall asleep with his girlfriend over the phone every night.
Deny, delay and obfuscate - same tactics used by tainted politicians.
Everything occurring in the last 72 hours is directly COUNTER to the best practices in PR to maintain a reputation. Cover-ups are never forgotten.
He clearly perpetrated or continued the hoax for publicity reasons
As others have pointed out, this is just ESPN trying to save face.
Te'o is opting to look like a moron instead of a pathological liar. Possibly getting some cash from Mickey Mouse.
ESPN has every incentive to make Te'o play the fool because otherwise it means they were the ones who were duped. Like Lenin said, man, you look for the person who benefits and uh..... um.....
And make no mistake: no matter how stupid and unreasonable this all sounds, there are plenty who will buy it. ESPN gets their official line and plausible deniability. Te'o gets to extend his publicity stunt.
Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket.
Unfortunately, you are spot on. Remember it took a tiny newspaper in Pennsylvania to blow up the Sandusky thing.
If someone is going to get the smoking gun in the Teo situation it won't be anyone in the MSM. Come on Deadspin!
I am the Walrus....I am the Walrus...I am the Walrus. SHUT THE FUCK UP DONNY!!!
A lot of people, supposedly in the know, are claiming this whole hoax story will not affect his draft status. All I can say, any GM who doesn't see Teo's stock falling is an idiot. Talk about a distraction. This "interview" is only fueling further speculation.
Otoh, the MSM is already complicit in this story, and this whole Teo interview ploy that ESPN was happy to participate in (and likely paid him a pretty penny for) means there is the possibility the sports reporters will just let the story die, and just pretend there's no elephant in the room everytime they interview him.
Watching this slowly unravel is such a guilty pleasure for me. I have tremendous faith in two things occuring simulantiously which is why I enjoy the farce as much as I do:
1. The MSM, who have a vested interest in keeping Teo's story at least reasonably plausable to protect their own reputations, will continue to try and protect him
2. The Bloggosphere will have none of it and are working night and day to confirm the truth of what really happened (what did he know and when did he know it so to speak). You know....the way reporters used to do things back in the day.
I'm hitting refresh for updates here - not on any of the conventional "news" sources cause I know it's only through the alternative sites will real investigative reporting get done.
It will be fun to not only watch the bloggers for the next few weeks, but also the jokes over the next year or so.
Will anyone leave Lennay a ticket at "will call" for our game vs ND in September?
Did we really expect the company that employed a fake person to really dig deeper?
I realize you guys are rivals and prone to being haters. But seriously, is it that hard to feel that a stupid kid got duped? The dupers prayed on the phone with his parents fergodsakes. So here is the Deadspin idiot:
And the DMs the guy sent to Teo apologizing:
That's not the main guy at Deadspin - they had so many interview requests they had to send him. Painful to watch.
Do you remember what you thought of the Paterno apologists last year? How they were so blinded and delusional, etc. Well, that is now you.
To be fair, the Paterno sympathizers had a massive FBI report to ignore.