I don't care if Teo was "duped" or not anymore...because its irrelevant. He lied and/or embellished the story to further his image in some way, "duped" or not. When you look at what Teo said of the course of the season and the stories written, it's hard NOT to come to that conclusion, hoaxed or not. And the level of "investigation" that ND performed is laughable at best, and totally looks like a transparent attempt at a cover up. Which...when paired with other recent ND stories that were swept under the rug, is not surprising at all. And the media...well, just confirms what I already kinda knew about them. They lack substance and integrity.
Also, I now hate the word "duped". Thanks, internet.