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#1 Punch

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

If true, it's very bizarre:

http://deadspin.com/...eason-is-a-hoax

   Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, the stories said, played this season under a terrible burden. A Mormon linebacker who led his Catholic school's football program back to glory, Te'o was whipsawed between personal tragedies along the way. In the span of six hours in September, as Sports Illustrated told it, Te'o learned first of the death of his grandmother, Annette Santiago, and then of the death of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.


Kekua, 22 years old, had been in a serious car accident in California, and then had been diagnosed with leukemia. SI's Pete Thamel described how Te'o would phone her in her hospital room and stay on the line with her as he slept through the night. "Her relatives told him that at her lowest points, as she fought to emerge from a coma, her breathing rate would increase at the sound of his voice," Thamel wrote.


Upon receiving the news of the two deaths, Te'o went out and led the Fighting Irish to a 20-3 upset of Michigan State, racking up 12 tackles. It was heartbreaking and inspirational. Te'o would appear on ESPN's College GameDay to talk about the letters Kekua had written him during her illness. He would send a heartfelt letter to the parents of a sick child, discussing his experience with disease and grief. The South Bend Tribune wrote an article describing the young couple's fairytale meeting—she, a Stanford student; he, a Notre Dame star—after a football game outside Palo Alto.


Did you enjoy the uplifiting story, the tale of a man who responded to adversity by becoming one of the top players of the game? If so, stop reading.    


Edited by Punch, 16 January 2013 - 04:37 PM.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

Deadspin just put this out...if he was in on it, which I can't see how he couldn't have been, do you still want this guy?

http://deadspin.com/...eason-is-a-hoax

#3 HansLanda

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:38 PM

Get ready to see what media attention really is like now, Manti.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:40 PM

Weird.  Really weird.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:42 PM

Interesting read, I am going to wait until he makes a statement before passing judgement.

If it is true, he can kiss the first few rounds of the draft goodbye.

Edited by BRAWNDO, 16 January 2013 - 04:45 PM.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

Look on the plus side for a change: he obviously took English class seriously, and created an entire character and an entire life story surrounding her. That takes smarts and creativity!

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:50 PM

Just saw this and came here to post it. Crazy. We'll see how it all plays out, but what a weird story...

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

Oh my goodness...

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

What a tool

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:53 PM

View PostTheFunPolice, on 16 January 2013 - 04:47 PM, said:

Look on the plus side for a change: he obviously took English class seriously, and created an entire character and an entire life story surrounding her. That takes smarts and creativity!

He created or the media created?  If true, it will be really interesting to break down exacxtly what T'eo said vs what the media just ran with based on nothing but other media 'reports'.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:55 PM

View PostKD in CT, on 16 January 2013 - 04:53 PM, said:

He created or the media created?  If true, it will be really interesting to break down exacxtly what T'eo said vs what the media just ran with based on nothing but other media 'reports'.
....and he never thought to correct them?
If this is true it is a very bad reflection on him either way.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:55 PM

View PostKD in CT, on 16 January 2013 - 04:53 PM, said:

He created or the media created?  If true, it will be really interesting to break down exacxtly what T'eo said vs what the media just ran with based on nothing but other media 'reports'.

Silence is consent

#13 KD in CT

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:57 PM

View PostDibs, on 16 January 2013 - 04:55 PM, said:

....and he never thought to correct them?
If this is true it is a very bad reflection on him either way.
No question, I wouldn't argue otherwise.  But I find it interesting that our society now appearly believes media has zero responsibility to understand or confirm what they are reporting.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

Plus he tweeted...that would be kind of incriminating..

View PostDibs, on 16 January 2013 - 04:55 PM, said:


....and he never thought to correct them?
If this is true it is a very bad reflection on him either way.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

View PostNoSaint, on 16 January 2013 - 04:58 PM, said:

even best case, by him not saying a word to correct it - he helped create it.

Beat me to it.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:01 PM

can we get him in the third rd now

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:04 PM

I've never witness such a media darling athlete fall from grace so quickly...it's like his life unraveled at the hands of Alabama...

And as others mentioned...what a massive indictment on the state of media that not one person bothered to fact check this story.  Not one!

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:04 PM

completely off my board if this is true.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

View PostKD in CT, on 16 January 2013 - 04:57 PM, said:


No question, I wouldn't argue otherwise.  But I find it interesting that our society now appearly believes media has zero responsibility to understand or confirm what they are reporting.

This is true. The media has become out of control. They are absolutely reckless in their reporting and none of them are held responsible for their actions. Sure, there are some with an ounce of integrity still, but the "profession" as a whole has sank lower than lawyers (who at least will give you your day in court).

Edited by kas23, 16 January 2013 - 05:08 PM.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

after my initial post i clicked over and that was a beast of an article that i dont have time to read it now - is it alleging that Teo faked the whole thing, or was this an online romance and he was duped somehow?