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Notre Dame Hoax: Was Star Player Manti Te'o Involved?

AdriHead 2013/01/17 18:00:00
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This is a weird story if I've ever heard one. A little before Notre Dame played Michigan State last fall, word spread that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o lost his grandmother and girlfriend on the same day. That didn't stop Te'o from playing like a star -- getting a season high of 12 tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. Plus, he never missed a practice.

But now the heartbreaking story may have all been a hoax -- and allegedly one that Te'o may have been a part of! Te'o's grandmother did die, but his girlfriend apparently never existed. The hoax was unveiled after a Deadspin article was published, which stated that they could find no record of Te'o's girlfriend ever existing.

We don't really know why anyone would make up a hoax like this -- and why a popular college football star would be in on it. But things do sound very suspicious. Do you think Manti Te'o was involved in the hoax at all? Or does he just happen to be at the center of a very strange situation?

MARKETWATCH.COM reports:
The explosive story involves the roles of the Internet and the media as much as a famous football player’s saga, writes media columnist Jon Friedman.
media famous football players saga writes media columnist jon friedman

Read More: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/notre-dame-hoax-d...

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  • shelley.wallace.96 2013/01/31 03:51:00
    No
    shelley.wallace.96
    The guy is totally innocent. He was just a very trusting soul who got used. Happens all the time, esp thru the internet!
  • Mj PINKYFINGERDOWN 2013/01/25 10:03:05
  • MsDianna 2013/01/21 20:45:24
    Yes
    MsDianna
    +1
    yes he was involved
  • Lanikai 2013/01/21 16:23:38
    No
    Lanikai
    I believe the term is "catfished" and it is a social media phenom for the last 3 years, HOAXING others.

    He was "catfished" but I highly doubt he was involved. Generally, these elaborate hoaxes are done and the poor victim is the last to know.
  • srini 2013/01/21 15:26:42
    Yes
    srini
    +2
    "Involved"? He was its perp!
  • joe mauro 2013/01/21 06:38:04
    Yes
    joe mauro
    +1
    of course
  • Oly*Nicole 2013/01/21 01:40:54
    No
    Oly*Nicole
    Ment to vote yes, I think at this point he is just trying to cover his ass after making himself look like an ass on national t.v.
  • codenamev 2013/01/20 23:50:31
  • Lanikai codenamev 2013/01/21 16:24:56
  • sterling ward 2013/01/20 21:44:50
    Yes
    sterling ward
    +4
    The biggest hoax was to think that they could beat the Crimson Tide
  • Lanikai sterlin... 2013/01/21 16:25:32
    Lanikai
    What is the difference between Cheerios and Notre Dame?


    Cheerios deserve to be in a bowl.
  • Diane 2013/01/20 20:32:45
  • Darr247 2013/01/20 18:38:48
    No
    Darr247
    +2
    I find it hard to believe that many people answered Yes. You guys don't know anybody that has been scammed on the internet?
  • Lanikai Darr247 2013/01/21 16:26:32
    Lanikai
    Exactly,. and "Catfishing" is a popular pass time by which people abuse others.

    http://www.urbandictionary.co...
  • les_gvt 2013/01/20 16:43:02
    Yes
    les_gvt
    +3
    his story as changed more than my socks
  • Kathulhu les_gvt 2013/01/20 22:49:17
    Kathulhu
    +1
    And... how often do you change your socks?
  • Lanikai les_gvt 2013/01/21 16:27:51
    Lanikai
    I think the story is changing because he is so danged embarrassed to have been duped like he was. But, he is reported to be among the most trusting of humans. And a deceitful group of friends could easily have pulled this off.
  • Indiana8484 2013/01/19 21:43:06
    Yes
    Indiana8484
    +2
    From the beginning this story came out I have believed there is so much more to it. Just like any other story the truth will come at some point. Somebody will eventually crack. I only live 20 miles from the University of Notre Dame and there is just way too much drama at that school.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2013/01/19 19:51:23
    Yes
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +2
    He kept the story going after he had the facts.
  • virginiakarsli 2013/01/19 19:46:45
    No
    virginiakarsli
    The guy's a compulsive liar and seriously cray-cray!
  • techman 2013/01/19 16:06:07
    Yes
    techman
    +1
    "No" doesn't make sense.
  • Garland Bennett 2013/01/19 15:54:54
    Yes
    Garland Bennett
    +2
    Doesn't matter much what all went down, the facts don't change that his whole family lied about the whole thing. They quoted that they'd met in more than one occassion and that's just plain jack up to imagine something like a girlfriend, even if it's an ideal one.
  • me 2013/01/19 15:27:15
    No
    me
    He's innocent.
    According to ESPN’s Shelley Smith, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man whom Deadspin suspected to be the perpetrator of the entire Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax, did in fact admit to doing so to a “church friend” in early December. Smith, who spoke with the woman to whom Tuiasosopo confessed, says that he and two cousins, a man and a woman, impersonated the various roles of Lennay Kekua, Te’o's supposed girlfriend, and her family.http://www.sportsgrid....
  • Mark Upchurch 2013/01/19 14:06:49
    Yes
    Mark Upchurch
    +3
    Or he's the dumb person I ever seen.
  • Dave 007 2013/01/19 12:36:33
    Yes
    Dave 007
    +2
    After the NFL beats him up for being a douche bag, he has a future in acting.
  • mysti 2013/01/19 08:29:45
    Yes
    mysti
    +3
    COULD THIS BIG HERO BE GAY AND DOESN'T WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW AND HE PRETENDS TO HAVE GIRLFRIENDS OR EVEN "PAYS" FEMALES TO PRETEND WITH HIM TO KEEP HIS "HERO" IMAGE? SOUNDS LIKE AN ANSWER TO ME. HE IS DEFINITELY IN ON WHATEVER IS GOING ON. I NOTICE THAT 99% OF THE SPORTS WORLD ARE NOTHING BUT CRIMINALS AND IDIOTS (FLYING ON DRUGS) WHO CANNOT COMPLETE A SENTENCE WITH INTELLIGENCE. REAL EDUCATION COULD PROBABLY STOP THIS CRIME AND THEY COULD TALK WITH DIGNITY INSTEAD OF SOUNDING LIKE AN IDIOT. AT LEAST ONE BIG HERO IS THE NEWS EVERYDAY FOR SOME TYPE OF CRIME. THESE "SUPPOSEDLY HEROES" ARE WHAT'S INFLUENCING OUR CHILDREN AND THAT'S DISGRACEFUL. SURE GLAD MINE ARE INTELLIGENT ADULTS. THESE COLLEGES GIVE THEM THEIR GRADES AND DEGREES JUST BECAUSE THEY CAN ACT LIKE ANIMALS ROLLING AROUND ON THE GROUND. THEY HAVE MORE MONEY THAN SENSE AND IT IS VERY EVIDENT.
  • joe mauro mysti 2013/01/21 06:40:02
    joe mauro
    hmmnn
  • josh 2013/01/19 04:15:56
    No
    josh
    My god this is what is wroung with this whole country we all blow somthan this lil in to somthan huge leave it alone cuz in the end whether he was in volved or not why we are working our butts off trying to make mony he will be make millions so who cares I sure dnt I thank he a great football talent and that's all I care about
  • cranejumper 2013/01/19 04:13:49
    Yes
    cranejumper
    +3
    When he found out he should of done something so ya he knew about it
  • Kamuela 2013/01/19 03:55:46 (edited)
    No
    Kamuela
    He's completely innocent - it's settled.
    http://aol.sportingnews.com/n...
  • El Prez 2013/01/19 02:39:19
    No
    El Prez
    +1
    PROBABLY NOT BUT TYHE INFORMATION IS STILL COMING IN! WHO KNOWS?
  • nicesteve 2013/01/19 01:44:58
    No
    nicesteve
    There does remain the possibility that Manti Te'o may have been duped and
    wound up painting himself into a corner. I would need to see some rock hard
    evidence that he's intentionally involved. That's one jury that I'll be very glad
    to not have to sit on.
  • JDood 2013/01/19 01:24:13
    Yes
    JDood
    +2
    Another pampered nit wit who got caught. He should team up with Lance Armstrong.
  • B.O.Plenty 2013/01/19 01:23:19
    Yes
    B.O.Plenty
    +2
    This whole thing is just a big bunch of bull Sh*t. The whole crew was involved
  • Sharon Harmon 2013/01/19 00:38:18
    Yes
    Sharon Harmon
    +2
    But it got his team so motivated that they won! Pretty clever, if you ask me.
  • Rundy Sharon ... 2013/01/19 03:11:03
    Rundy
    +2
    Not against Alabama in the big game.
  • Dave 007 Rundy 2013/01/19 12:38:14
    Dave 007
    +1
    Ya, he could only motivate his team against the "little Sisters of the Poor" teams on their schedule.
  • FatherLiberty 2013/01/19 00:21:20
    Yes
    FatherLiberty
    +2
    He was involved... I just dont know if he was involved as the hoaxster, or the hoaxtee.
  • Chris 2013/01/18 22:43:14
    Yes
    Chris
    +2
    The more info that comes out about this story, the more I'm starting to think that he was involved.
  • DOriginalDonald 2013/01/18 22:23:48
    Yes
    DOriginalDonald
    +3
    The only one to believe manti te'o now is his pet rabbit Harvey

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