According to Deadspin, Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend is a Hoax

http://deadspin.com/5976517/manti-teos-dead-girlfriend-the-most-heartbre...

I'm blown away. I got misty-eyed every time College GameDay did a segment on her, and she's apparently fake. Wow.

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Duped

We all were duped.

Then Alabama shred Te'o like a paper shredder.

Somehow I feel better.

Oh, #BEATBAMA.

I support Logan Thomas and make no apologies for it.

I knew I could use this gif for something.

Apparently Te'o is going to comment on the Deadspin story shortly, so that should be interesting.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

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on PTI Manti literally admitted it was not a true relationship

Didn't the NCAA set a precedent with Penn State that things like this would be punished? This is football being bigger than the university by definition, so the NCAA better not back off now. If they are going to start going down that path then they should stick to it.

Rip his freaking head off!

weird

this whole thing is weird.

“I hope that they’re not going to have big eyes and pee down their legs so to speak,” -- Bud Foster

Te'o: "To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating."

Welp.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

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I had a fake girlfriend once... In middle school...

And she didn't "die," I just "broke up with her." Jesus.

Two epic goatees. Two epic coaches. Tip of the Spear and The Lunchpail. GRIMES&FOSTER.

I'm pretty sure it was Callie, or something like that.

Two epic goatees. Two epic coaches. Tip of the Spear and The Lunchpail. GRIMES&FOSTER.

Someone please tell me Teo is giving ND the slip... If not they are so screwed.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

@VT_Warthog

ND says he was duped, sounds like he was in on it to me

He's changing his story on a lot of things right now. There's no chance he wasn't in on this, but ND is going into full scale cover up mode right now.

Rip his freaking head off!

ND helping him cover this up is absolutely insane of them to do after what just happened to Penn State. I don't think this is as serious as the PSU scandal, but the principle is the same.

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Not that I personally believe he wasn't fully in on it...

but it is only day 1 of being made public. There will be a lot of answers forthcoming.

Apparently, the newspaper that originally posted the "story" about how they met after the ND-Stanford game took the story down, if that means anything.

They're betting that the NCAA won't do that to them. They have an overinflated view of themselves. The BE and the ACC doesn't help that either. They have gone into full blown cover mode. I wish "journalists" would go after them on this and the girl who committed suicide over the alleged sex assault by a football player.

Correy

apparently Teo got duped

Must be really embarrassing for the guy

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@justinrmegahan dug up some older tweets from this guy, and now that he's been exposed a lot more he came out with this. I can't make any sense of these tweets.

Then his cohort just tweeted this:

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What a jackass

Hey Manti, I bet you've never even kissed a girl

I have too!

Yeah? Name one

You wouldn't know her, she lives in California!

This dude has gone from the next Mike Singletary to Brian from The Breakfast Club

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

ND ranked #1?

We were all duped. ND was really not the #1 team in the country. It was all part of a feel good story to soften up the poll voters.

When the truth comes out that the administration knew about it all along and failed to do anything because it would kill the football team's momentum, then the crap will hit the fan.

Manti's fake girlfriend was actually AJ's. Brent Mussberger is in on it too.

That is my conspiracy story and I am sticking with it.

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

Please someone replace Peter Griffin with a tiny picture of Teo in this... it would be perfect

I miss Stick it In

Agreed. However, my Photoshop skills are lacking and/or non-existent.

I'm here for the memes, I just stay for the football.

Kudos, Trollmaster Te'o...Kudos

"You know when the Hokies say 'We are Virginia Tech' they're going to mean it."- Lee Corso

lol the Grumpy Cat!

The U invented Swag, but UVA invented Smug.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

Seriously....

Seriously, if he actually was duped, I feel sorry for him and fully support additional head trauma examinations for those playing football. Because surely, if he believed, he's had one too many concussions.

Now, if this was an actual ploy by Manti and/or ND, well played sir, well played. Your only mistake was that you didn't cover it up well enough to keep it from getting out until after the NFL draft.

Do I think it makes his draft stock go down? No, no really. The NFL doesn't really care how "smart" you are. They are hiring him to be a ruthless hunk of meat on the field. They don't care if you're dumb enough to get duped into a LTR with a cyber chick in Guatemala. As long as you pick up the blocks you're supposed to on the field and stay out of trouble with the law off the field, that's all that matters. And he did that. If he managed to "play the field" and win some sympathy votes from the fans/media along the way, well, we all got duped as well.

As far as NCAA sanctions and stuff, that's just a bunch of hot air. So ND helped him cover up a fake girlfriend? Big deal. There were no laws broken as it appears on ND's or Manti's part, only a (potential) broken heart which isn't illegal. Yes, there could have been laws broken by the person responsible for the alleged fake account, but only if there was an exchange of property/money (i.e. defrauding someone for financial gain). So, at this point, I say if we ignore it, it goes away. Live and let live.

For his sake, I hope he was in on this hoax. How would it feel to think that a girl you had a long distance relationship with and she died was fake and he was tricked the entire time?

I love Virginia Tech, regardless of the outcome of every game.

Funeral?

What I want to know is if he was so in love with this girl and she supposedly died, why wasn't he at the funeral? And even if he actually thought he was in an online relationship with a real person, they never skyped or anything ever? He just assumed she was real? #donotbelieve

agreed

And he clearly must have lied about talking to her on the phone every night, because the profile was run by that guy. So either he was hamming up the relationship for the media, or he was in on the fake. I lean towards the latter.

I miss Stick it In

Who is the most naive?

Was it him, the media, ND administration, or the public?

While all the feel good stories were circulating why was there no fact checking?

It was all working in ND's favor, the big media and personalities that support ND, the ND fans, and general public willing to give sympathy. It probably influenced a few Heisman voters and gave ND a boost in the polls.

Couldn't let the facts get in the way until the season was over. A lot of people wanted ND to "be back".

There are a lot more questions now plus conspiracy theories.

I don't think it was all planned. I think it was something that started as a tiny fib, gained momentum and got out of control. Everyone was naive and we all now feel stupid.

Does this hurt or help ND?

it certainly doesnt help. . .

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

taiwan's take on the subject

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

the Taiwanese are the best at explaining news.

Can someone please explain the beer bong to the sphincter?

i believe they're depicting a practice known as "butt-chugging." which is apparently popular amongst the young people these days. . . in knoxville at least.

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

Try this angle...

Manti is gay. No way he can admit this at a major D1 football school...much less the Catholic hall of fame. Additionally no NFL team would draft him. Makes up a "girlfriend" to take the heat off why he isn't out with chicks. "Kills" her off for sympathy and to make the story go away (breaking up would cause reporters to go find her).

Absolutely no facts in my statement, just a guess that make the story no feasible.

We put the K in Kwality

Agreed

I totally agree with this, but I wouldn't be surprised if this situation went in a totally different direction

Pre-marital sex will blow your mothers fake legs off her porch

(those who were frequents at Sharkeys from 2006-2008 will understand this epic graffiti by the first urinal)

Based on his "girlfriend's" confession

I think this scenario is more and more likely.

Think of all the people with vested interest in Manti being straight.

Notre Dame
NBC (they have the ND football contract)
His parents
Manti

Bet some people are being promised big money to keep quiet.

Poor Manti. He is either severly naive or everyone knew about the relationship and is covering it up. He was told "you can have the relationship but if it gets exposed you have to break it off."

I really needed that one. Maybe some "Bowie in space" next?

yea

If he was truly tricked then I say this...

This is America! Since when does The "NFL bound All American star middle linebacker for Notre Dame" go online to date some girl that he doesn't know, and that he has never seen in person ever. Why wouldn't he date some Notre Dame girl, or even a girl back in his hometown or something.
I agree with everyone that its just mind boggling.

This is the only reasonable explanation I can come up with for this whole Manti girlfriend debacle.

I bet that Notre Dame's PR department put him up to it. I mean, they changed Joe "These Men's" pronounciation of his last name to Joe Th"Heisman."

Viva El Guapo

The best part about this story is how shit journalism has become in this country.

#ALLMAROONEVERYTHING

News is biased

Depending on what people want to believe, there is a source for everyone.

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latest news is that Roniah, his male cousin, and female cousin all took COUNTLESS hours out of their lives to do these. Apparently the female cousin spent every night "falling asleep" with Te'o on the phone for that ridiculous span. I don't know about most Americans, but this is absolutely ludicrous. You can't tell me they wasted that much of their lives for in the end to get a "hahahaha we tricked ND's star LB". Just doesn't make sense.

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them. So I'm going with God. I'm going with Virginia Tech." -Lee Corso

i'm with you, and now the media is buying manti's story hook line and sinker. he gives an interview where he doesnt allow video recording and the worldwide leader is acting like it's all cleared up now.

"if it's good enough for jack swarbrick it's good enough for me"- mel kiper jr.

i can see if the original guy was obsessed enough with t'eo to create a fake girlfriend to be in contact with him, but to actually bring in a girl to talk to him every night for months pretending to be dying of leukemia? and she'd be willing to do that just to play a prank?

bullshit

the mainstream sports media has learned nothing.

"It's worth it right? It's worth it to lay it all on the line for your brothers!"
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster (both quotes)

Get Nev from MTV's Catfish

I want the guy from the Catfish movie and MTV show (Nev) to investigate this and do an episode. The show is absolutely crazy, just like this "hoax". He is great at getting the perpetrator to open up and spill the beans on the situation.

Nev

I don't think it's so much that he is good and getting the perp to talk, but when MTV offers you ____ amount of money to fess up to some stupid prank, most people would take that in a minute. Anybody wanna say they were in a relationship with me for 3 years? We can shoot Nev an email and make bank. Just a thought.

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them. So I'm going with God. I'm going with Virginia Tech." -Lee Corso

True about the money, but Nev is just so smooth and nice. He might be the only likeable personality on MTV.

Also, I'm cool with catfishing you. Split it 50/50?

Nev

I think Nev supports Teo as a victim, which doesn't surprise me because Nev is almost too nice.

Catfish

Te'o couldn't get on the show. He's not obese.

Kendall Fuller - future Thorpe winner