Manti Teo's Credibility is Falling Apart Faster Than a Bookshelf from IKEA
He admits he lied about the "girlfriend" while still pretending he was the victim. Sorry pal, it doesn't work that way. Best of all, check out the comment section and see how some are starting to suspect he this ruse was invented to cover up his gay secret.
A celeb lying until they can't they're forced to tell the truth. What's new?
This explanation actually makes a lot of sense and explains why Notre Dame were involved to the extent that they were.
Just leave the guy alone, OP and other trolls. What happened is embarrasing and it would have been a HUGE distraction.
Let it go.
What better indicator the country is in splendid shape and moving forward, than this insipid "sports" story makes national news.
Key-riest, this crap is less news worth and that trike rider from Austin.
USC is recruiting patients for their trials of their new rectal relaxant, Phlapidapinlol. If you have problems with an overly tight asshole, call USCNOLITE.
I like my bookshelf...
He looks like a fat asian. No gay would fuck him.
He better stick to women, imaginary or real.
I actually believe him. I've been the victim of something similar. It happens more than you think.
R2 If this is so embarrassing, then why did Manti call attention to it in the first place? This guy brought this all on himself, lying and making shit up, playing the sympathy card and milking as much of the press and attention he could get. Then when he gets caught in his lies, we are all supposed to say, "awwww poor baby. Leave him alone, he is embarrassed."
Whatever troll @ r7
Who are these freaks and assholes saying let it go? The dude is possibly gay and made up a girlfriend.
This is what DL was made for.
Fuck off r2, you fucking shill. Assholes like you are killing this place.
i'd suck on his beer can thick penis any day!
Ignore the unhinged troll @ r10.
TRANSLATION: Damn, why did they have to use facts? And ask me questions they know I could never answer. If only they used the same pretend fake logic I use everyday then I wouldn't look like such a fool. How can I respond? I know, I will use what I used in the third grade. That is sure to work!
"Fat Asian"?? This kid is built like three brick shithouses.
"USC is recruiting patients for their trials of their new rectal relaxant, Phlapidapinlol. If you have problems with an overly tight asshole, call USCNOLITE."
IS THIS TRUE???
Please, dear God that I don't believe in, make it true.
[quote]I actually believe him. I've been the victim of something similar. It happens more than you think.
There's a TV series about this: "Catfish: The TV Series" based on the movie. Some of these fakers have been doing it for years. One was so good at it, she even fooled the show's investigators. Another interacted with over 100 men.
Exactly r16. I don't understand the hate for this kid. He's young and what he did was try to manage something that was so unforseen. Leave him alone and focus on your own lives.
Leave this young man alone.
I dn't believe him. There was far too much of him corroborating the evidence about his girlfriend and meeting her and his family selling the story.
The one you should be angry with is the head of Whole Foods.
I feel really sorry for him. He's young, and royally fucked up...we have all been young and stupid, but this will follow him forever. It isn't like he hurt anyone.
[quote]what he did was try to manage something that was so unforseen (sic).
So, it was unforeseen when he lied and said he met this "girlfriend" who never existed? It was unforeseen when even after he was told others knew she never existed he insisted on still telling his tale of woe to anyone with a television camera? He sold you a bag of baloney and you're gobbling it up like its filet mignon.
It will not follow him forever r20. ME and millions of proud Americans understand and stand behind this young man as he tries to manage such a horrible hoax. Just move on and mind your own business.
[quote]It isn't like he hurt anyone.
Sure, as long as you dont count the more qualified players who deserved the Heisman but lost out because they didn't have the heart tugging story he invented.
[quote] ME and millions of proud Americans
o shit, that is comedy gold!
Get a load of Mary Worth at R22.
I talked online to this chick who claimed she was a model for months. Her pics were hot and believable, pics of her with friends as well as professional portfolio pics. She kept stalling about meeting, which I thought odd but chalked it up to she being shy and cautious. I really got curious when she never cammed, but I had her phone and talked to her. She sounded hot. I was smitten, started telling friends. IN the end, she confessed that she was an obese 47 year old grandma in Alabama. I felt so betrayed.
I had no idea being a proud American means you also like being played as a chump.
LEAVE MANTI TEO ALONE!!!
Why didn't you just call me a "frau", r25. That is where you were headed. I know your type.
Even I think he is GAY - and that is HUGE coming from ME!
I know you all think you are being funny but please remembe-a person who never liced is now DEAD!
Yeah we know your type too, R29.
I will give R29 credit. Typing while also clutching your pearls is indeed a talent.
See this thread for another tale--involving a hot 19-year-old stud.
And his was al happenthe time he was freaking out over the dead girlfriend. He rebounded FAST!
Regardless of who the villain(s) is, his family believed his story...which is evident from hearing the uncle speak. I don't count the dad because he came off less than authentic/honest. You have to be really sick to "kill" the girlfriend the same day his family is grieving the death of the grandmother. Whether it's the other guy or the football player, someone is truly heartless. When your family hurts, you hurt, and they thought he'd suffered another incredible loss.
[R2] It is a hoax, a hoax on everyone that follows football. He used his hoax to further his personal interests and reputation. Why not just ignore the thread if you are so offended?
Inventing the fake girlfriend is one thing. But to then kill her off with cancer, and get all sorts of sympathy for that when it wasn't true is an insult to the memory of anyone who really did die of cancer and an insult to all the people who lost a loved one to cancer. You have to be a real scum bag to do that.
There are now rumors coming out that manti was fucking tons of girls on campus.
Such a far cry from the good little Mormon boy who prayed on what school to go to.
In the end, the blind will forgive him, be relieved he is just a heterosexual and he walks away with scads of money.
r41, I never said it wasn't a hoax but it was a hoax perpetrated on him not by him.
And F&F r43. Enough of the slander.
Fake girlfriend screams GAY, especially if the parents were in on it.
R45 now you're just embarrassing yourself. Here's a hint, dont use words when you dont know what they mean. What R43 wrote is not slander.
" I HAVE A BOOB JOB ON MY BACK "
I suspect R45 is a friend of Manti or a Notre Dame booster. Do a troll-dar and check out the repeated message of "leave him alone; he's done nothing wrong."
Te'o is also a cat burglar on the weekends and has robbed many of South Bend's grandest homes.
How many p.r. professionals did it take to come up with this lame story? Apparently Te'o couldn't say it yesterday because he wasn't bright enough to come up with it himself.
[quote]There are now rumors coming out that manti was fucking tons of girls on campus. j
well, the catholics and the mormons are desperate to stop the gay rumors so.....
The story of him not saying anything for the "good of the team" is still not a valid explanation for not visiting a girlfriend who was dying of cancer.
Or attending her funeral.
Or acting on the horny urges of every 20 year old man with a penis.
If they are R49 then R45 is doing a horrible job at it. It really says something when the one person defending him is so willfully ignorant and immature. Most adults, when presented with questions to back up whatever claim they are making will try their best to come up with some facts. Mary Worth (as R45 has been named) instead hurls what they think are insults, demands the person be F&F but never, every answers the questions. Very poor show.
He should have used the old "my girlfriend lives in Canada" line.
This was a comment from a reader of the OP's linked story at TMZ:
[quote]He had almost a Tebow like character so i doubt he was this mastermind to gain even more publicity for a Heisman trophy.
Manti Tebow has a bit of a ring about it.
He was just taking a leaf out of the Tebow playbook: Reasons I Don't Have A Girlfriend - Part 3.
Mary Worth (@ R22 etc.) appears to be familiar with DL etiquette (talk of trolls and F&Fing) so they're a DL regular who feels a personal connection to the story.
Mary Worth, are you Ronaiah Tuiasosopo??!!
But the way R22 talks does indeed make it seem like the comments were hitting too close to home.
[quote]I actually believe him. I've been the victim of something similar. It happens more than you think.
Why do people always say this? How do you know how much I think "it" happens?
Plus, you're just trying to normalize it because it happened to you.
Then maybe r22 can help me pronounce all these names.
This will not end well
Manti has got to be gay.
Making up a fake girlfriend? Please. Was she a flight attendant too?
It is clear from multiple witnesses that Te'o has been dating other women. Now, the question is why didn't they object to his high-profile relationship with the fake girlfriend?
Look at the video on this ESPN story about the hoax: interview footage with T'eo himself where he is very specific about his intimate acquaintance with "Lennay". He also makes nauseating references to his strong christian faith in the same breath as he lies about their relationship. Add to that the lies he told his family and other interviewers. He's not as an unwitting dupe but in it up to his eyeballs.
Another story you can link to on the ESPN coverage is about another woman who knew T'eo who had made an arrangement to meet "Lennay" at a ND football game but, surprise! surprise! "Lennay" never showed. Who DID turn up was someone claiming to be "Lennay's brother" along with a child. That "brother" turned out to be hoax conspirator Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.
T'eo was lying through his teeth to all these people.
Why does the media conveniently forget that he actually claimed to have met her? It's always the poor Manti, he's been so cruelly hoaxed angle.
The real life actual 'girlfriend' who Manti was supposedly dating this past fall--and she actually is a real person--well, that relationship only lasted two months and they broke up.
What was his excuse for not seeing her when his team was in town, since she went to Stanford?
Is there any information about how Ronaiah Tuiasosopo and Manti Teo's lives intersected before the hoax? Family members? Did they do to the same H.S.? Boyfriend? Do they know each other at all?
"Fat Asian"? I'd fuck his hot ass for days. Clearly some manorexic racist needs eyeglasses.
wow, the story has died.
No sense in keeping this as front page news. Everyone just figures that he's gay.
[quote]Falling Apart Faster Than a Bookshelf from IKEA
Ikea bookshelves are solid if put together properly. I have a number I've had for 10+ years that are as solid now (i.e. very) as they were when originally built.
r74, not necessarily. ON Sports Talk shows, most of the callers I have heard did not think he is gay. Mainstream society needs blatant evidence to think someone masculine and athletic is not heterosexual. It just doesn't seem possible to most.
He will be the biggest story in sports at the time of the pro draft
I originally thought he was gay, but I think the case for that has largely evaporated. He had thousands of calls, texts, and emails to someone pretending to be a woman; phone records proving he did that weird thing where he would stay on the line overnight just to hear each other breathe as they slept; and a weird and confused kid who was in love with him and has owned up to the whole scheme.
I think it's pretty clear that, at a minimum, Manti really and truly believed he was interacting with a woman all that time. I could hardly say it is reasonable to accuse him of 'lying' based on what he said after he knew the truth but before the story broke: it was surely humiliating enough on its own and was not really anyone's business but his own. He did not owe the public explanation, especially while he was trying to himself sort out what had just happened.
There might be some weird screwed-up reasons why a person would go along with an electronic-only relationship for so long, but it's plainly clear that he is not alone in having been catfished.
[quote] I could hardly say it is reasonable to accuse him of 'lying' based on what he said after he knew the truth but before the story broke
Except before the story broke and he knew the truth, he was claiming he met her. And to keep milking the "my girlfriend died" tale AFTER he knew the truth is strange and creepy.
[quote]Except before the story broke and he knew the truth, he was claiming he met her. And to keep milking the "my girlfriend died" tale AFTER he knew the truth is strange and creepy.
I agree with all that, but I still don't think he owed the public an explanation. Not to mention, it would have been painful and embarrassing to answer an interview question about her with "well, turns out I've been made a fool of for a long time now..." I think he was hoping the story would just quietly go away.
R76, gay men will always be associated with fem-ininity regardless of the occupation. And, quite frankly, who cares. There is nothing wrong with it.
[quote]I still don't think he owed the public an explanation.
When you play the public like a bunch of chumps, lying to them so you can get they sympathy and support, then yes, you DO owe the public an explanation.
[quote]it would have been painful and embarrassing to answer an interview question about her
Too. Fucking. Bad. Is he a man or is he some sensitive little baby who can never be challenged? A person should be embarrassed when caught in a lie.
well, if he'd been in on the scheme all along, i would feel very differently about him. but when he told the world his girlfriend died and he garnered a lot of news and sympathy for it, it is pretty clear he absolutely believed it. he wasn't 'playing' anyone, he was getting played.
My IKEA "Billy" bookshelves have stood for over 25 years, OP.
[quote]it is pretty clear he absolutely believed it. he wasn't 'playing' anyone, he was getting played.
For fucks sake! Are you retarded? what part of "after he knew she never existed he continued to tell the lie" dont you get??? What part of telling people he actually met this nonexistent person face to face is in your mind telling the truth? Are you one of these people who loves to be played as a chump? Do you crave for people to disrespect you and treat you like you're some stupid hick who believes anything they are told? He fed you and all his supporters a bag of bologna and you gobbled it up like its Filet Mignon. And on top of that, its a source of pride for you. You are basically standing here, saying, "look at me! I'm gullible and stupid and believe in fairy tales".
oh for fuck's sake, shut up r85. this isn't your story. i'm sorry you feel so personally betrayed by manti teo. must be rough on valentine's day. if you were so taken in by manti's story and then crushed by the cold truth, then you're the gullible and retarded one. those of us who knew him as a great football player with a sob story like so many have are able to move on just fine.
R86 Thats the best you can do? Seriously? When faced with the facts you tell the person to shut the fuck up? Wow. Sorry sweetheart, but when someone displays the amount of ignorance you just did, no number of insults are going to have an impact. But please, keep presenting yourself as a naive rube who believes everything they are told. Nigerian princes seeking help securing their fortune are grateful for people like you.
And who exactly was betrayed here? Me, a person who never heard of him before this, or you, the person who refuses to recognize the truth and keeps defending a liar?
you are a sad and pathetic person, r85, and not terribly bright. you've heard all that many times before, i know. take your drama-loving hysterics elsewhere. maybe a soap opera thread? let the men handle the sports talk.
R86 I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'm selling. Interested?
I thought he was gay too but experts are even proving the female voice impersonation as authentic and identical to the voicemails. I did laugh when I saw the kid do it on Dr. Phil. It sounded ridiculous. But, still, if people say it's a match, then I guess this guy thought he was talking to a female. Unless there was some creepy role-playing, but I doubt it. A stereotype of gay men is that they pretend to be women duping men online...I do hope this Manti Teo is lying still and this guy took the fall for him.
R88 Once more, I couldn't care less what people who defend liars think. That you feel the need to resort to lame personal attacks and name calling when faced with the truth about someone you admire says all we need to know.
a real genuine, lol, on like 10 levels! thank you r85!
Watch 'Catfish.' This happens a lot more than you'd think.
He used the fake girlfriend for his public image and got the Heisman trophy thanks to the pity party he started talking about the death of his fake girlfriend.
He got too much out of this convenient lie for it to be something he had no knowledge of.
And regarding the public. When you play the public for sympathy, support, and fan worship you better expect them to ask questions when your image the sympathy, support, and fan worship is based on gets cracks.
R87, if this had been the extent of your post -- "But please, keep presenting yourself as a naive rube who believes everything they are told. Nigerian princes seeking help securing their fortune are grateful for people like you." -- I'd have wanted to see you in W&W.
Not that W&W counts for much anymore.
Nobody does it better, I need some Alarest
Nobody does it half as good a Jews
Baby, baby, HEBREWS are the best.
He has a nice fat ass!
R86, ready for her valentine and tired of people who don't believe in the deceptive, dishonest power of love.
r81, perhaps it should not matter, but the fact is that it is matters a lot because it is a major reason for the prejudice against gay men.
r95, he did not get the Heisman Trophy, dude.
[quote]He used the fake girlfriend for his public image and got the Heisman trophy thanks to the pity party he started talking about the death of his fake girlfriend.
He didn't get the trophy, though he was in the running for it.
Oh, and R86 also is one of those cretins who can "move on" but can't capitalize properly, or even set the auto-cap function on her fat-finger cell phone.
R100, only to those that let it bothers them. And, why it bothers them I don't understand.
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