And was that beard namend Lennay?
And was that beard namend Lennay?
It says that statement was released Tuesday afternoon. Deadspin story is just a few hours old. Why was this statement issued? Who was it issued to? Why was it not covered at all? Why is only ESPN reportiing this statement and, to my knowledge, no other news sites?
Either there's some misreporting going on, or I don't know. Not to mention that the syntax and structure of that doesn't start out like an official statement. Starting a statement with "This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about" tells me that obviously this statement was prepared sometime between the 26th when ND found out and before the Deadspin story was published. Both this statement and ND's official statement had to have been pre-written and ready for release ONLY, and I repeat, ONLY, if the story broke. Otherwise, it would be covered up forever, not that it should surprise anyone.
Of course, assuming this statement is legit.
EDIT: It seems that CBS has stated the statement was made Wednesday now. Bad error by ESPN, come on guys...
I bet this whole thing is actually part of an ongoing hoax all done to create buzz for the MTV show. Peal back the layers, man.
Fooled you again! She wasn't real! I just needed to gain your sympathy. I needed to tug at your heartstrings to win the Heisman. Psych!
Has anyone ever actually met this "Brian Cook"?
I exchanged a glance and a handshake with him after the loss at Purdue in 2008
That you're in an online relationship with Brian Cook too??
But now that I think about it, it's been exclusively online, and he always has an excuse for why he can't meet up. Man, do I feel stupid.
At least my girlfriend Kate will give me some sympathy. We're long-distance, but she sent me this pic, and is pretty smokin' hot:
First thing I noticed: why doesn't she have eyelashes?
Must be suffering from low-T.
That's the first thing Manti noticed in that picture, too. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
But then, I'm imaginary too.
"This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her. "To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating. "It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother's death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life. "I am enormously grateful for the support of my family, friends and Notre Dame fans throughout this year. To think that I shared with them my happiness about my relationship and details that I thought to be true about her just makes me sick. I hope that people can understand how trying and confusing this whole experience has been. "In retrospect, I obviously should have been much more cautious. If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was. "Fortunately, I have many wonderful things in my life, and I'm looking forward to putting this painful experience behind me as I focus on preparing for the NFL Draft."
Sounds like a classic case of meeting a beatiful woman online, only to find out she was a 40 year old dude. Anyhow I am not buying his story, since he was fine with rolling with all the goodwill until he got caught.
You know what's actually embarrassing? This:
This is low.
He almost pulled this off and won an extremely undeserved Heisman. Johnny Football saved them from a very embarrassing winner.
Total bullshit. ND coverup as usual. Who would go through the effort to perpetrate this hoax? Creating a fake persona, speaking to T'eo nightly for months? For what? I've seen Tommy Boy, the real money is when you marry the bastard. Not faking a death.
This is straight up freaky. Hollywood stuff. It blows my mind. I can't wait for T'eo to tell his side of the story
... On Oprah.
Notre Dame has a long history of inventing stories out of thin air. No program is perfect...but ND portrays itself as perfect.
The Gipper speach didn't happen, the Gipper went a whole year without attending classes as he was a pool shark and was much older than the players he played against and etc...
So T'eo is admitting he never even MET this woman??? He says it was an online romance?
In his official statement, he said it was an "online" relationship. I guess that means he never met her and his parents never met her as well.
Well, that's not true. There are multiple articles stating that Teo met his GF after a Stanford game in 2009 and that theyve been together in Hawaii.
you still talk to them on the phone once in a while, for conjugal phone visits and whatnot in a pinch. That way, even if you're talking to a 20 year old who turns out to be a 56 year old, at least you're still in the right ballpark with gender. It's called "voice verify," kids.
I mean, um, a friend told me this. I assume it to be true since I don't even use the interweb.
...who in the living hell perpetrates something like this? Does the obvious answer of "nobody" nulify his claim that he was a victim? That's a Sawyer-esque long con, but for what gain? Simply to embarass him? No financial reason or other reason? Fascinating, this whole thing is just beyond fascinating.
EDIT: mildly disregard, I did not read the entire thing carefully enough, thus not processing Tuiasosopo's involvement.
Okay here's why I believe Te'o: this story got no attention prior to "her" "death." If this was actually a publicity stunt he was carying on a fake long-distance relationship with someone for years and talking about it so that he could cash in on her fake death years later? That makes no sense.
But they didn't "become a couple" until 2012, a few months before the season started. The part about them meeting after the 2009 Stanford game could have just been made up after the fact.
It didn't matter if he had al girlfriend before the news of her"death" broke. That is when the con started, not Stanford 2009.
This makes the beard story the likely culprit:
He makes up a girlfriend to get his parents off his back in 2009
He has her die at the same time as his grandmother to ensure that his parents don't go to her funeral
His parents never get the chance to meet her at senior day in November because she died
Remember his family "talked to her on the phone" so either they are all liars or Teo had to cover up something he couldn't let out
Sorry no periods
Kinda like a fake girlfriend...
Huh? Why would a relationship with his "girlfriend" get media attention before her death? Lots of guys have girlfriends - not super newsworthy.
Maybe there was no long-term relationship at all?
Wasn't she known of before? I mean in a really minor way, because it's not newsworth, but I can't imagine her "death" wasn't the first time she was ever mentioned, at least in passing, once.
There are quotes from the South Bend tribune about them meeting. Direct quotes from the father.
ESPN apparently new about it 10 days ago.
Bruce Arthur (canadian sports writer) who is always great to follow on twitter has been amusing to say the least in his coverage of teo.
I can't believe someone would craft a story like this to earn sympathy points (if that is indeed the case). Either way, this whole thing is messed up, and the fact that ND sat on it and used it leading up the championship game is seriously fucked up.
Can't believe somebody would make up a fake person.
Who does that?
WIAB? WDE? My head hurts.
Breaking News: Brian Kelly to Oregon
I can buy overblowing an online affair, or getting convinced someone is someone they say they are, and aren't. But man, they're replaying the ESPN interview, and there's too much BS in the story. Went to sleep on the phone together....do people go to that effort for a joke? And of course ESPN didn't follow up on any pictures, no death notice, accident report, or contacting the family.
I don't think Te'o's a victim, but he probably should be pitied. He obviously has some serious issues, and other than 10 minutes of fame, I'm not sure what he got out of it. Second place in Heisman voting? Not going to be worth it when his 10 minutes turns into 10 weeks of infamy.
1. He fell for a girl he "met" online. He started having feelings for her and at least saw "attractive" pictures so he thought it was real. He felt somewhat silly about it so he made up the parts about meeting the girl, visiting in Hawaii, etc. He was essentially duped but he contributed somewhat.
2. He was in on this from the beginning, him and some friends having fun maybe. Seems kinda odd to kill off a fake person though right? Unless it was for fame and empathy.
3. He was in a gay relationship with that Tuoisoopsid0pu (sp?) kid. They made up this girl so they could profess "love" to each other and not "out" him nationally. Then things got a bit crazy b/c people were starting to look into this, so they killed her off, and he benefited from it on a national stage.
Those are the 3 main ways this can go, in my opinion. What do you guys think?
4) he and his buddies thought this would be a good way to ignite a Heisman campaign. Consider the timing.
5) The Eagles really wanted Brian Kelly and set-up this whole scheme in an attempt to lure him away. Story broke later than anticipated. Accidentally hired a "Chip Kelly" in the meantime unaware that their master plan had failed.
I guess he could have been duped and been really in love with this person...he made up a bunch of details post-death just to make his feelings credible to the average person who might not have extended the same sympathy if they had known the details.
I'm not sure about a gay relationship. I mean I know that sports coverage is crazy but they really haven't sunk as low as to follow college players around to see who and how often they are dating. On the othe hand, if there was a buzz on the ground that he was gay maybe he needed the cover in his daily life and it grew out of hand. And if he was so compelled I think it would probably be more about football culture than the university.
Strangely a red flag went up for me when I heard him emotionally talking about the support he had received from Kelly during the Heisman interviews. That didn't seem true given the stories I've heard from others who have played for him.
At the very least by their own statements issued this very day of knowing the falseness of the narative being promulgated in the national press prior to the BCS Championship game and did nothing to correct it.
Nor once that game had concluded did they reveal a damned thing until push came to shove.
ND brass announce presser at 8 PM supposedly to address this issue some more
Hey, Jack Swarbrick, don't let the door hit you on the way out, you self-righteous ass!
Brett Musberger doesn't care, Teo's girlfriend is still smoking hot. All you young linebackers in Hawaii had better take note.
You too can go to Notre Dame and have a smokin' hot imaginary girlfriend!