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    Manti Te'o hoax (wth?!?)



    If true (and it seems pretty thorough), this story may affect his draft status as much as the disappointing BCS Championship game did. Weird as hell.


    http://deadspin.com/5976517/manti-te...ium=socialflow




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    Re: Manti Te'o hoax (wth?!?)

    Yeah, ND already put out a response...

    https://www.facebook.com/NDFootball/...53537038009180

    I have no idea what to think here...I don't buy Manti was "fooled". I think he played along with this Tuiasosopo character. His parents may have been fooled, or they may have found out and just ran with it to get their son's legacy built up.

    I'd imagine he's going to PLUMMET on draft boards, if not disappear. After the Combine, maybe he'll show up in Round 2-3, but I can't see him going in Round 1.

    As gifted as he is, right now, I don't want Ravens touching him. Screams character questions. If he was REALLY "fooled"...is it possible to get a 0 on the Wonderlic?
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    Re: Manti Te'o hoax (wth?!?)

    Something doesn't sit right with this. I'm not buying he was fooled. Ok in today's world it's entirely possible to have a relationship with someone online. But when she did "die", did he not want to go to the funeral. Did he not wonder why he was never invited or that the family didn't reach out to him?

    In this CNN article the father claims she came to visit him in Hawaii multiple times.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/16/sport/...html?hpt=hp_t1

    Like I said not all is right with this story. Seems there is more to this, that may come to light later.
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    Re: Manti Te'o hoax (wth?!?)

    Oh, i believe he was in on it...

    For the funeral part, it was to be held during a game and he mentioned a conversation they had before she passed, where she told him when she went, she didn't want him to miss any games, since she knew it (football) meant so much to him.

    As far as his parents, it mentions once visiting while Manti was home. It doesn't say they ever met her. They mentioned in another article they were looking forward to meeting her at ND's Senior Day, but she passed before that happened.
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    Re: Manti Te'o hoax (wth?!?)

    IN today's world of media urgency has replaced accuracy, just think about recent and tragic events and how much we learn later.

    That said, I think it's entirely possible he was fooled just as much as he was in on it.

    But I'll wait till the whole story comes out before I pass judgement. One thing for him, he should come as clean as possible as soon as possible. It's never the crime, it's the cover-up that makes it bad.
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    Re: Manti Te'o hoax (wth?!?)

    Quote Originally Posted by RavenScallywag View Post
    Oh, i believe he was in on it...

    For the funeral part, it was to be held during a game and he mentioned a conversation they had before she passed, where she told him when she went, she didn't want him to miss any games, since she knew it (football) meant so much to him.

    As far as his parents, it mentions once visiting while Manti was home. It doesn't say they ever met her. They mentioned in another article they were looking forward to meeting her at ND's Senior Day, but she passed before that happened.
    I was at worked and skimmed the deadspin article. Now that I've read it proper...100% he was in on it. Damn shame.
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    Re: Manti Te'o hoax (wth?!?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dade View Post
    I was at worked and skimmed the deadspin article. Now that I've read it proper...100% he was in on it. Damn shame.
    Guilty before proven innocent?

    He could have been in on it, but I want the WHOLE story first.
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    I'm pretty sure I recall interviews with him where he referenced his girlfriend.... And her passing.




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    The Manti Te'o story is just really really odd. I dont see how a team can just look past it. Either hes in on it and obviously shady and the purpose would be questionable at best or he wasnt and you almost have to question the guys intelligence to be duped by such a thing. At the very least is he mature/responsible enough to hand the pressure of being an NFL player on and off the field?

    I think he was in on it personally, because he and his father have claimed to have met the girl multiple times in Hawaii. How do you meet somebody that doesnt exist and continue to believe they do? The fact that he would fake such a thing for national attention, or whatever the case, is definitely raising questions about his maturity and character. things that have dropped far better talents in the draft.
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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Quote Originally Posted by JAB1985 View Post
    The Manti Te'o story is just really really odd. I dont see how a team can just look past it. Either hes in on it and obviously shady and the purpose would be questionable at best or he wasnt and you almost have to question the guys intelligence to be duped by such a thing. At the very least is he mature/responsible enough to hand the pressure of being an NFL player on and off the field?

    I think he was in on it personally, because he and his father have claimed to have met the girl multiple times in Hawaii. How do you meet somebody that doesnt exist and continue to believe they do? The fact that he would fake such a thing for national attention, or whatever the case, is definitely raising questions about his maturity and character. things that have dropped far better talents in the draft.
    Well said. I agree with you 100%. At this point, I GUARANTEE you there are multiple teams who have taken him off their draft board. The thing I don't get is... does he really expect this thing to blow over? The teams are going to investigate this very thoroughly and nothing in his background is going to stay hidden. If he isn't telling 100% of the truth (and I think most people agree he isn't) it's going to get found out and hurt his draft stock even more.

    At this point, like I said, he's going to be undraftable to some teams... others will drop him substantially... I think he's CERTAINLY out of the 1st round right now. Worst case scenario, he pulls a Burfict and slides out of the draft. Best case, he goes in the 2nd.




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Quote Originally Posted by bmorecareful View Post
    Well said. I agree with you 100%. At this point, I GUARANTEE you there are multiple teams who have taken him off their draft board. The thing I don't get is... does he really expect this thing to blow over? The teams are going to investigate this very thoroughly and nothing in his background is going to stay hidden. If he isn't telling 100% of the truth (and I think most people agree he isn't) it's going to get found out and hurt his draft stock even more.

    At this point, like I said, he's going to be undraftable to some teams... others will drop him substantially... I think he's CERTAINLY out of the 1st round right now. Worst case scenario, he pulls a Burfict and slides out of the draft. Best case, he goes in the 2nd.
    Or, maybe she/they do exist and are trying to extort $$$ from Te'o?
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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    Or, maybe she/they do exist and are trying to extort $$$ from Te'o?
    I guess this is possible but why not just say that instead of saying she didnt exist and you were duped?... its far less embarrassing and damaging to him to just say that if it is indeed what happened.
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