On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te’o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.
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Yet reading the article it shows how Te’o knows the person most think is behind it….so….how did he not know?
This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her. To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone’s sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating. It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother’s death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life. I am enormously grateful for the support of my family, friends and Notre Dame fans throughout this year. To think that I shared with them my happiness about my relationship and details that I thought to be true about her just makes me sick. I hope that people can understand how trying and confusing this whole experience has been. In retrospect, I obviously should have been much more cautious. If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was. Fortunately, I have many wonderful things in my life, and I’m looking forward to putting this painful experience behind me as I focus on preparing for the NFL Draft.
Sounds like backtracking and more coverup to me. After reading the article, deadspin did its homework…..they wouldn’t publish something that in depth and detailed otherwise IMO. ND and Te’o are trying to do damage control.
This was the one idea that I kept coming back to when trying to think of his possible motives. The star LB at ND does not need to drum up publicity. The article Clem linked says it pretty well so I’ll C&P below.
Is Te’o Gay?
This is actually the only story that makes any sense at all. And even if it’s true, Te’o will probably deny it because, unfortunately, football players aren’t exactly the most welcoming of homosexuality.
Otherwise, how are you the star player on a football crazy campus and having an online-only relationship with a woman you’ve never met? Even Tim Tebow thinks is ridiculous. If you’re gay and girls are throwing themselves at you left and right but you continue to rebuff their advances, isn’t one of the easiest stories to tell your teammates about why you don’t hook up with any of these girls that you have a girlfriend?
Even if, you know, that girlfriend isn’t actually real.
Couldn’t being gay even make you more than willing to overlook the fact that your girlfriend didn’t want to meet with you? It might be that on some subconscious level Te’o welcomed the hoax because it kept him from having to explain why he didn’t have a girlfriend. Furthermore, given that Te’o is Mormon and attending a very religious school, wouldn’t being gay be unacceptable to pretty much everyone around him? Having an online girlfiend is an awfully convenient cover.
Again, this is just speculation and Te’o would probably deny it anyway, but it actually makes a ton more sense than any other wild theories being tossed out there, that Te’o used the online relationship as a cover for his hidden homosexuality. If this was true, I wish he’d just come out, I think most sports fans would welcome the revelation. (And some people are going to criticize me for writing about this, but it’s the elephant in the room here that everyone is talking about, so I’m going to write it. Nothing in this story makes sense. And Te’o's lies as well as Notre Dame’s cover-up of those lies, make everything fair game.)
I may be having a bad week or something but I am just not as lathered up as I probably should be.
As a person in my mid 40’s, all I see is a talented kid who at worse screwed up. I have to tell you that when I was this kid’s age I screwed up and over the last 25+ years I have made some fine mistakes and I wished lying about a dead girlfriend was my worst offense.
This will pass. Once he gets drafted and hopefully performs well, this will be a historical footnote.