You are right, he is quite stupid. He did get duped. He also lied about the relationship to embellish it in the media, which is not as bad as being in on it but not much better. Any ND fanboy (i.e. you) expecting this story to die a quick death is in for a rude awakening.
ESPN to Air Off Camera Audio Interview with Te'o on Sportscenter Following OKC vs. DAL.
Oh man, well I guess he COULDN'T have also had the fake apology DM's sent to him either. Case closed. He is not lying.
Those were screenshots right off Manti's phone from ESPN... But I guess ESPN is on it as well?
Double entendres everywhere
Phork....the issue is not being a "hater" or not. The issue is there are gaping holes in his everchanging story that a reasonable person has a difficult time reconciling to their own experences. There are so many in fact it defies logic that anyone would still cling to the hope he wasnt involved unless they have a vested and personal interest in the outcome as you do.
Study after study have proven that people, when faced with facts that contridict a long-held and cherished believe simply ignore the fact rather than reprocess and change their believe. It's why a parent or loved one can honestly defend a child in the face of overwhelming and compelling evidence of guilt in many criminal cases. Their brain simply wont accept the unpleasant facts that would cause them to change how they feel about someone.
You are squarely in that camp right now. As someone before me eluoquently said "Remember the Penn State slappies that defiended JoePa in spite of everything they were told? Well you are now them."
And you are. And candidly I dont really blame you. If we found out that Denard really DID tie his shoelaces we'd probably have the same reaction you are having to finding out Teo is not the person you thought he was.
List the holes that you feel are gaping, please.
the media in this saga.
Go ahead and believe Teo is an idiot, easily duped and unable to keep his story straight. Then the media really must dig into the story and PROVE the facts.
Media believed the hoax for 3 months and failed to conduct basic legwork. Now they're doing it again.
Do you think Teo (and his people) picked midnight on Friday in Florida for an off-camera interview as the best way to prove his innocence or the best way to bury the story?
Who cares because ESPN shouldn't have agreed to this PR move. It's called complicit journalism.
Given all the deception, and given the Teo family's over-investment in MT's glory -- blacklisting, really? --who's to say they didn't essentially force the guy to take the entire fall via text? MT's story just defies credulity. And his stage-managed and lawyered "interview" only proves the point.
Well he said "No, never." That seems to be enough to convince this schmuck. Ha
Te'o was asked what he thought should happen to Tuiasosopo.
"I hope he learns," Te'o said. "I hope he understands what he's done. I don't wish an ill thing to somebody. I just hope he learns. I think embarrassment is big enough."
How can a superhero be all forgiving but not all knowing?
What does this do to his mojo? The outing of Tiger didn't exactly help Woods' golf game.
So she is allegedly coming to Hawaii to meet him and she doesn't show up. Who the hell swings by Hawaii for lunch?? Who doesn't show up in Hawaii? It's not like she's in Chicago and he's in South Bend...
And what's the deal with the little cousin who doesn't speak? What a dipstick.
Furthermore, why would you continue your "relationship" with this person after they no show on you numerous times? Guess it never "crossed his mind" to break up with his "girlfriend" after that.
After breezing through the information available from the "interview" last night, I now wonder about criminal charges.
The supposed request for a checking account number occurred via the web across state lines, isn't that a felony of wire fraud?
If I donated money to the Leukemia Fund or American Cancer Fund after hearing about Lennay's death, can I sue Teo or Tuiasasopo for fraud?
The more BS and details seem to create legal angles to this hoax.
Is anyone else as sick of the word "duped" as I am?
Either one would be a vast improvement. It considerably irritates me when the media cling to one word to describe something and it becomes the buzz word of the masses. Unfortunately, Te'oing has been taken so I suppose Mantied is sufficient...although it sounds like some perverse version of hogtied...which I guess fits this whole f'd up story.
I have doubts that my girlfriend is real... O well, I guess I will just keep talking to her!
C'Mon Man! You did not once ask to Skype or see her in person, what is wrong with you?
Why would he kill off his GF on the day his Grandma died? Or is she fake to?