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He's just that stupid
“Route 1, where everybody meets.” ~Nick Faust #5
That is how my wife thinks this is going to play out: the poor kid is going to kill himself out of shame and embarrassment , and the autopsy is going to reveal he had brain damage like Junior Seau.
Its really just a question of when he started lying. Was it in the beginning? Was it only a few months ago when he found out he was an idiot and decided his only choice was to save face in the most hilarious dumb way possible?
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
This tweet annoys me.
Don Van Natta Jr. @DVNJr
So proud to call @JeremySchaap my colleague and friend. He did an extraordinary job interviewing Manti Te'o.
How the hell are we in a position to say whether or not he did an extraordinary job? We have no video and very little audio. Te'o contradicted what Swarbrick said and it seems that he lied about a few more things, like Tuiasosopo direct messaging him on twitter. We haven't heard why Te'o continued to refer to her as being dead even though he had been in contact with fake her.
I like Schaap and think he's one of ESPN's best but there have been a number of good reporters duped on this story. Let's stop patting him on the back for an interview that appeared to just produce more lies.
Yeah his defense reminds me of Mike Tyson at the rape trial when his lawyer said pretty much "hey, he's a thug. What do you expect?". Te'o's entire defense is he lied to his dad and to the media. So we are to believe him now?
This post was edited by DarrellGreenFan 15 months ago
That really sums it up. Two possibilities seem clear:
1. It is possible that he was really duped this ENTIRE time and believed it up until recently. If this is true then he is guilty of greatly embellishing/lying about details and of being one of the world's truly magnificent gullible idiots.
2. He was duped for a time, he embellished details to friends and family (thus why his dad thought they'd met, why the priest thinks he remembers her visiting, etc.), but at some point he found out he was being scammed. He was either too embarrassed to come clean or maybe the person duping him convinced him to keep it up for some reason. I'm kind of surprised he isn't claiming blackmail because that almost seems plausible as well. Once he found out it was fake, he continued with the lie and it spiraled into the ridiculous stories of bringing her out of a coma, Walter White, etc.
Second scenario just seems so much more likely to me, especially now given all of the inconsistencies that keep popping up.
SO, what is up with the Notre Dame has tough standards and can not admit the more athletically gifted but academically challenged "student athletes" story now? I think even the most ig'nant hillbilly Tennessee Vol "student athlete" is not going to date some girl for 3 years without actually getting together. I LOVE this story.
i agree that number 2 is a strong possibility. i have a friend who will embellish every fucking story he tells. cant help himself.
This post was edited by BrotherAbstract 15 months ago
I vote for the second scenario as well. I also think ESPN totally screwed this thing up last night in such a way that there are now two or three different accounts going around and I'm not completely sure what Te'o may or may not have said to Schaap.
I'll tell you what is going to happen. NFL Securities is going to do an extensive comb-through on this whole story, and as someone pointed out on Twitter (I think it was Michael Felder), NFL Securities is much more likely to get to the bottom of the thing than ESPN or even Deadspin. Then teams will know exactly what they are dealing with when it comes to Te'o.
This post was edited by SandlapperSpike 15 months ago
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south park episode on this > anyone elses
I'd like to see phone records to see the 8 hour conversations listening to her breathe every night while he thought she was in the hospital.
HoopheadVII: "Guess you won't say, "Sorry I'm a little off today" anytime again soon; Eaglesception is a bitch"
Don't worry he assaulted Lennay Kekua, so it should blow over
Literally all he has to do. However, he'll just claim he "exaggerated" that too, so his parents got off his back. Even if he was completed dumbfounded as to this hoax, the fact remains that he milked the shit out of this to the media to make his own name soar, and it's pathetic that he would use what he thought what he thought was the death of a real girlfriend to garner more attention from the media.
"It's just so hard," Greivis said. "It's my heart, my love. Maryland made me who I am."
Throughout this whole story, I can't believe more people aren't talking about what an asshole the Tuiasosopo dude is
Apparently ND's "investigation" really didn't speak to Te'o. Sweet investigation.
Well, he didn't do anything criminal that we know of. All he did was emotionally manipulate someone famous, so it's natural a lot of people will blame Teo for being a dupe because (a) it sounds like he was one and (b) we like to see famous people, especially sanctimonious ones, taken down a notch.
Understood, but the way I understand it, this was basically Tuiasosopo playing a practical joke on Te'o. While I'm all for practical jokes, and Te'o was a big moron, at somepoint, Tuiasosopo should have said "okay, maybe this is going to far, I should put a stop to this."
Well obviously Tuiasosopo is immature and irresponsible, but unfortunately that's not rare in this society.
Using that girl's picture without her consent is probably against some law. Probably not a very serious one, though.
She could probably sue his ass regardless.
eamhokie94: Is your name Nazi in pig Latin?
Didn't someone say she modeled for Victoria's Secret? That would hurt her civil case I'm sure.
And as far as we know Tui wasn't using her picture for commercial purposes, just interpersonal.
Manhands couldn't have sued George for passing her off as his dead fiancee.
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He said in a nationally televised interview that he personally looked into this "person's" eyes and she was the beautiful person he had ever seen. Explain to me how somebody who puts out a blatant lie is a victim. Not buying.
Embellishing is saying you caught 6 fish when you really only caught 3. Te'o would have said he captained a fishing boat in Alaska, was in talks to be on 'Deadliest Catch' but the boat sunk in a raging storm in the Berring Straight which killed his entire crew except, miraculously, for him.
He's a pathological liar. I'll entertain notion he may have been duped for a little while. But what about all of the crazy and inconsistent details of his stories? In one article, his girlfriend died the day after his grandmother, in another, it was 3 days. That's not something you forget. He was making shit up and he couldn't keep his lies straight.
So the ESPN interview seems to have raised more questions than answers. Who gets the next shot? Is he hoping that this will just kind of go away? I'm sure he'll have to answer tons of questions to any NFL team interested in drafting him, and they'll do their own investigations and cut through the BS. But will he give anymore media interviews?
Just me or does it seem the media has already taken the blame off of Te'o? Annoys me as he created a lot of this trouble himself by constantly lying.
Was thinking the same thing. He's getting a pass and in a week this thing will blow over and be put on the back burner. We have a duty to keep the story alive!
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