Can someone explain this Manti Te'o fake girlfriend thing?

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Bubbles
1/17/13 6:57:06PM
I am having a hard time understanding this story. Did he never speak to her on the phone or meet her in person and this was strictly an internet relationship? I find it kind of odd that he didn't have contact with this chick he was "in love with" nor being in contact with her friends and family after her "death."
cowcatcher
1/17/13 7:21:51PM
According to some things I've heard from the ND reps, he spoke with not only her but her family members on the phone. Another version is that his friend set all this up(ie her facebook, twitter, etc.) and Manti went along with it. Right now there are more questions that answers out there.

I think the lesson here is don't meet chicks on the net. They're crazy enough in person, on the net they can really appear normal until they suck you in and then you see the crazy/emotionally disturbed/drug addict/alcoholic/really a man/whatever side of them. In this case, if he was duped(although my gut says he knew she wasn't real), I think the person perpetrating this knew he was a "celeb" and was trying to somehow exploit that.
prophecy033
1/17/13 7:25:11PM
Thats just it Bubs, he ONLY talked to her on the phone...I dont buy it tho. He knew what was up and he got caught so he claimed that he received a call from her after she supposedly died and thats when he found out he got played. His dad said that the girl had came to Hawaii once to see him so someone in his family must have seen her, right?

You would think they would have at least used Skype or facetime if it was legit. Where therr is smoke there is fire.
TeamDEY
1/17/13 7:25:18PM
Te'o WAS A VICTIM
DancingDoll
1/17/13 7:28:20PM
A lot of people are saying that he was in on it, which I tend to believe as well. There are reasons it may have been easier to have a faux-GF for three years if you weren't interested in publicly dating/pursuing girls and living the pro-athlete lifestyle. Know what I mean?

The stories of him on the phone with her while they slept and he would wake up to the sound of her breathing (in the hospital). It sounds kind of far-fetched. Especially because the guy reported to be behind it may have had ties to Manti and I'm thinking it's probably pretty hard for him to fake being a girl in all those phone calls they reportedly had. I think the public stories he told about her were all over the place too and pretty inconsistent.

I can't imagine him being this public about her being his GF and telling his family he wanted to marry this girl and that she was 'the love of his life' if all they were going on was text messages for three years.

Plus the public nature of it kind of made him a hero until the big fallout. Something's off about the whole thing.
cowcatcher
1/17/13 7:35:26PM
I see where you're going there DD, and you might just be onto something.

I don't understand why he would lie about her death when his grandma just died since he already had a loss to grieve that would play well with the media. I'm not at all saying that he was trying to play the "woe is me" card about his grandma dying at all, but why would he need to pile the GF's death on top of it? It doesn't make sense and that's the only reason I still have some part of me thinking he wasn't in on this.
george112
1/17/13 9:55:42PM
My first theory was that he was trying to pull heisman votes

BUT I've since changed my mind as I have learned more about it and have settled on just plain attention seeking

Lame imo

I could be wrong of course. And if I am oh well who cares
emfleek
1/17/13 11:07:12PM
Here's a picture of my and my fake girlfriend Skyping each other.

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emfleek
1/17/13 11:08:09PM
Here's my fake girlfriend hanging with Danny "Last Call" Castillo.

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emfleek
1/17/13 11:09:57PM
Here she is again...my fake girlfriend on the 50 yard line at Lucas Oil Stadium!
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emfleek
1/17/13 11:10:51PM
And again...fake girlfriend in the cage with Chris Leben after KO'ing Wandy.

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prozacnation1978
1/17/13 11:23:01PM
I was telling my co worker Kenny that he probably didn't know it but he probably was dating a tranny.
He killed her off quick when he found out she's a man baby !!!
Bubbles
1/18/13 12:12:45AM
@ Fleek's fake girlfriend
infestructure
1/18/13 12:30:37AM
This thread is like a foreign language to me
40ouncetofreedom
1/18/13 8:48:11AM

Posted by infestructure

This thread is like a foreign language to me




A Linebacker from Notre Dame the college, Which is either loved or hated in the US. They're a catholic school with a rich tradition of american football. Manti Te'o is a really good player and projected an early pick the NFL draft to play in the pros. Well there was a story of his grandma and girlfriend dying on the same day and of course sob stories always garner attention so it put him in the spotlight and along with his talent on the field he almost won the heisman the award given out the best collegiate player for the season.But it turned out to be a hoax and his GF never existed he was catfished or made the entire thing up..Basically a big fabrication so he can be the attention whore he allegedly is..

I think anyways..
Southside11
1/18/13 8:59:11AM
I just saw a new story today :

Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Mauia told ESPN that he not only knew Kekua, but that he was close with her family. Mauia said Notre Dame might have been misinformed. He said he met Kekua in person when he went to do charity work in American Samoa with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Troy Polamalu and several other Polynesians back in June 2011.

This is what he had to say in it: "This was before her and Manti, I don't think Manti was even in the picture, but she and I became good friends. We would talk off and on, just checking up on each other kind of thing. I am close to her family. When she was going through the loss of her father, I was... I offered a comforting shoulder and just someone to bounce her emotions off. That was just from meeting her in Samoa. She was tall, Volleyball-type of physique. She was athletic, tall, beautiful. Long hair. Polynesian. She looked like a model"

He said it is his understanding that Kekua's mother is operating her Twitter account. He said he'd never met her mother. When told by a reporter that she apparently might not have existed, Mauia said: "No, she is real."


I don't know maybe there are two of these people with the same name, but Manti not talking is making me think he's trying (or his new agent) to come up with a good story or reasoning for this hoax.
airkerma
1/18/13 9:13:11AM
Didn't those espn guys basically search the obituaries over a large time span and found nothing on her existence or death? How can Mauai claim she is real when her death never transpired unless she is real and pretended to die? Sucks to be a pessimist but I've seen enough in politics to realize that when it starts off seeming like it could be shitty, it usually is.
Since I'm going to subscribe to the notion that he is more of a culprit than a victim, I still have no idea why some of these clowns say they wouldn't have voted for him in the Hiesman if they could have their votes back. Just because he might be a dbag should have no effect on "most outstanding player in collegiate football". Whoever says that should be barred from voting again, as they clearly do not fit the description of "informed, competent, and impartial".
40ouncetofreedom
1/18/13 9:26:55AM
Polamalu has no involvement, he's made that clear...he's also a safety not a linebacker.Not sure if that was you're typo or the original article ?
Southside11
1/18/13 9:31:15AM
that's their typo, I know he's a safety, I'm from the burg. it was just a cut and paste on my part, so u guys could get the gist of it w/o reading the entire article, which i unfortunately did! haha
Bubbles
1/18/13 9:42:55AM

Posted by Southside11

I just saw a new story today :

Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Mauia told ESPN that he not only knew Kekua, but that he was close with her family. Mauia said Notre Dame might have been misinformed. He said he met Kekua in person when he went to do charity work in American Samoa with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Troy Polamalu and several other Polynesians back in June 2011.

This is what he had to say in it: "This was before her and Manti, I don't think Manti was even in the picture, but she and I became good friends. We would talk off and on, just checking up on each other kind of thing. I am close to her family. When she was going through the loss of her father, I was... I offered a comforting shoulder and just someone to bounce her emotions off. That was just from meeting her in Samoa. She was tall, Volleyball-type of physique. She was athletic, tall, beautiful. Long hair. Polynesian. She looked like a model"

He said it is his understanding that Kekua's mother is operating her Twitter account. He said he'd never met her mother. When told by a reporter that she apparently might not have existed, Mauia said: "No, she is real."


I don't know maybe there are two of these people with the same name, but Manti not talking is making me think he's trying (or his new agent) to come up with a good story or reasoning for this hoax.


so what if someone took her identity online and used it as a prank/hoax on Manti? Similar to identity theft but without stealing money or w/e
40ouncetofreedom
1/18/13 10:26:04AM

Posted by Southside11

that's their typo, I know he's a safety, I'm from the burg. it was just a cut and paste on my part, so u guys could get the gist of it w/o reading the entire article, which i unfortunately did! haha



Shit, didn't realize it was you who posted it.

You going Dahntahn for the Pens game tommorow? Maybe Donnie Iris is playing at diesel or Joe Kresheky and the house rockers.

I live like 45 minutes south of the Burgh.
Southside11
1/18/13 10:27:25AM


so what if someone took her identity online and used it as a prank/hoax on Manti? Similar to identity theft but without stealing money or w/e



I think whether this is true or not, if I'm Manti, maybe i run with this, but i really dont see a scenario where he doesn't come off looking like a DB on some level.
Southside11
1/18/13 10:37:44AM



Shit, didn't realize it was you who posted it.

You going Dahntahn for the Pens game tommorow? Maybe Donnie Iris is playing at diesel or Joe Kresheky and the house rockers.

I live like 45 minutes south of the Burgh.



HAHA, the game is in Philly tom, then we go up to NY and take down the Rangers (sorry Bubbles) They don't play at home until the 23rd. We get to whoop on the Maple Leafs for our home opener Be nice to come back start 3-0, but the Rangers game is prob the toughest.

I grew up about 45 min southeast of Pitt too (Mt. Pleasant area [around greensburg] if your familiar) but moved here about 2 yrs ago. I worked down here for about 7 yrs now and that commute got old.
40ouncetofreedom
1/18/13 1:03:37PM

Posted by Southside11




Shit, didn't realize it was you who posted it.

You going Dahntahn for the Pens game tommorow? Maybe Donnie Iris is playing at diesel or Joe Kresheky and the house rockers.

I live like 45 minutes south of the Burgh.



HAHA, the game is in Philly tom, then we go up to NY and take down the Rangers (sorry Bubbles) They don't play at home until the 23rd. We get to whoop on the Maple Leafs for our home opener Be nice to come back start 3-0, but the Rangers game is prob the toughest.

I grew up about 45 min southeast of Pitt too (Mt. Pleasant area [around greensburg] if your familiar) but moved here about 2 yrs ago. I worked down here for about 7 yrs now and that commute got old.



Yeah i know it's in Philly but figured bar hopping dahntahn...I'm southwest...I'm fortunate to live the county of Fayette lol.
Southside11
1/18/13 1:42:43PM


.I'm fortunate to live the county of Fayette lol.



Good ole Fayette-nam huh? Nice, haha
40ouncetofreedom
1/18/13 2:51:05PM

Posted by Southside11



.I'm fortunate to live the county of Fayette lol.



Good ole Fayette-nam huh? Nice, haha



Lol You got it..
jay98107
1/18/13 3:37:17PM
Apparently another person (not a famous football player) was scammed a few years ago by a woman with the same name, which seems to lend credibility to Te'o. Te'o rode out this far too long, as he knew she was fake over a month ago, and he seems to have inflated the significance of the relationship, but at the end of the day I don't believe he was involved in the birth of the hoax itself. He deserves blame for certain aspects, but I do believe to some level he was genuinely duped. I must say, in my short but sports saturated lifetime, I have never heard anything this bizarre. I have been shocked, saddened, and surprised by news in the past, but never this baffled. So many questions remain. Why would Tuiasosopo engage in this scheme multiple times? Why would Te'o continue to talk about her as though she existed for over a month (or, why would Notre Dame tell him to continue pretending?) How is it that the former Arizona fullback states with confidence that he has met this girl? Mark Twain seems more correct than ever in stating that truth is stranger than fiction.
Poor_Franklin
1/18/13 6:28:22PM
i dont care how or why it happened. no matter what, this has been a great couple of days of non-stop Te'o jokes.
Ordep
1/18/13 9:34:36PM
There's a recorded interview of his dad in which he said that Manti met her IN PERSON and that she VISITED him in Hawaii.

Te'o was in it, Heisman publicity. The dude is an attention whore and got caught. Now they are pulling strings everywhere to make him look like a victim.
Pookie
1/18/13 11:30:42PM
My guesses:
Hes gay. The lie was to get people off his back for not fucking all those hundreds of girls that wanted to be his groupie.

He really wanted the Heisman. Thought this could garner votes.

Hes mentally retarded, and fell in love with an internet picture.

He has hilariously mean friends. Also, hes still retarded.

Lance Armstrong did it.

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