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Rockmolder  
#1 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 4:56:24 AM(UTC)
Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax

by Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey

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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...
musccy  
#2 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 7:00:22 AM(UTC)
Absolutely no way this can end well for him.
rabidgopher04  
#3 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:53:41 AM(UTC)
Just weird. Again, people are so weird.
wpr  
#4 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:46:44 AM(UTC)
so much effort for so little. Why even bother?
wpr  
#5 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:55:29 AM(UTC)
best quote from the FB fan club:
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Pack93z  
#6 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:55:38 AM(UTC)
musccy said: Go to Quoted Post
Absolutely no way this can end well for him.


Agreed.. either he comes out incredibly naive or more likely got caught up in a lie that will not go away.

Cynical minds want to convict.. mine included, but I think ND has done some leg work on this and are pretty confident there is way more to this story. The world now has been introduced to "CatFishing" or a whole different realm.

Yes... people are strange.. crazy and weird. Part of the reason it is so damn interesting to study them.. (by the way.. yes that will become stuck in my head..)
gbguy20  
#7 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:28:45 PM(UTC)
I am not looking forward to hearing about nothing other than this for the next week.
Pack93z  
#8 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:39:15 PM(UTC)
gbguy20 said: Go to Quoted Post
I am not looking forward to hearing about nothing other than this for the next week.


Agreed.. but it did short cycle the Lance nonstop chatter.. so we will have to wait for the next "story".
Since69  
#9 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:42:45 PM(UTC)
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wpr  
#10 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:50:17 PM(UTC)
^ outstanding
Formo  
#11 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 3:18:44 PM(UTC)
Just got home for a break and on the radio, Dan Barriero had a guest on that supposedly knew about the fake girlfriend for awhile now. The link is the podcast to his show. The 30 minute mark is the beginning of the interview.
wpr  
#12 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 3:23:49 PM(UTC)
Formo said: Go to Quoted Post
Just got home for a break and on the radio, Dan Barriero had a guest on that supposedly knew about the fake girlfriend for awhile now. The link is the podcast to his show. The 30 minute mark is the beginning of the interview.


thanks fo rthe source.

I hope we don't have to listen. [puke]
Pack93z  
#13 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 4:43:15 PM(UTC)
Want the real cynic in me to throw out there a far fetched possibility...


People started to question Manti's sexuality.. and this ruse was built as a cover for the hoax. What better way to have a girlfriend, end the constant questions without actually having to date/whatever than a faux girlfriend. Avoidance of the constant questions?

Without some type of extortion element.. it seems to be the only possibly I can come up with to carry it out this far.
wpr  
#14 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 5:56:29 PM(UTC)
yeah I saw a few references to this theory today. Don't know if it is so or not. Don't want to know either.
musccy  
#15 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2013 6:07:42 PM(UTC)
Pack93z said: Go to Quoted Post
Want the real cynic in me to throw out there a far fetched possibility...


People started to question Manti's sexuality.. and this ruse was built as a cover for the hoax. What better way to have a girlfriend, end the constant questions without actually having to date/whatever than a faux girlfriend. Avoidance of the constant questions?

Without some type of extortion element.. it seems to be the only possibly I can come up with to carry it out this far.


I never thought of this. It seems plausible the more I think about it because I read some similar whispers and rumors.

Pack93z  
#16 Posted : Friday, January 18, 2013 12:40:05 AM(UTC)
wpr said: Go to Quoted Post
yeah I saw a few references to this theory today. Don't know if it is so or not. Don't want to know either.


I haven't seen that theory.. just nothing else seems plausible. Nothing else seems to make a fit.
wpr  
#17 Posted : Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:33:32 PM(UTC)
and the final word on the subject (hopefully) as Manti walks off into the sunset.

gbguy20  
#18 Posted : Wednesday, May 1, 2013 10:29:12 AM(UTC)
When he was called by the GM and told he was going to be drafted he thought it was a hoax.
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