Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te

Manti Te'o Hoax: Notre Dame LB Issues Statement

Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o is involved in one of the most disturbing and ugly hoaxes to ever hit the college football world.

Te’o’s inspiring story of losing his grandmother and girlfriend within two days and overcoming the emotion to put on an incredible performance took the college football world by storm, but the story about his girlfriend is allegedly a hoax.

As you would expect, Te’o issued a statment about the horrible story:

“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,” Te’o said in his statement.  “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.”

It is such an ugly story.

Unfortunately for Te’o, this could really hurt his draft stock.

The star linebacker is loved for his leadership and intangibles. His character is believed to be a big part of why he could be drafted so high, but that has taken a hit.

One NFL scout has said that Te’o was removed from his team’s draft board altogether, and more teams could follow.

This type of story is unprecedented, but it surely won’t be good for his draft stock.

It is hard to believe that Te’o was a victim of this hoax, but if he was, he has to go down as one of the most gullible and irresponsible football players to ever reach the national landscape.

If he was the victim of a hoax, it is a sick twist to one of college football’s most disgusting stories.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=4936211 Lynn Evans Carter

    Sympathy votes, reason why he took the awards that were meant for Jarvis Jones.

  • http://twitter.com/edwhitemagic Ed White

    Your story was well written until your last paragraph. Get all the facts before you make such a damning conclusion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/izzie.marie.79 Izzie Marie

      I agree with Ed, and I am the least likely person to support a Notre Dame player (On Wisconsin!). When this story broke, the first thing I thought of (and I’m dating myself here) is an episode of “The Brady Bunch” where Bobby lied about dying of cancer in order to get a visit from Joe Namath. People are easily duped, especially on the Internet. I supported a woman who lost her young son and was going through her 3rd round of chemo only to find out later that she was a lonely 18 year old kid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tylercray Tyler Ray

    only a homo has to find a woman online…. but sorry about your g ma, i know thats tough… but come on dude…some chick online???? thats pretty sad

    • http://www.facebook.com/matt.flood2 Matt Flood

      he got a girl on line and your hiding behind the computer calling an NFL linebacker a homo. fuckin keyboard warriors at it again

  • http://www.facebook.com/sean.mcconegly Sean Micky McConegly

    I’d just like to ask where you find the gall to suggest that this young man is among national football’s “most gullible and irresponsible?” You’re talking about two things: a young man who’s feelings of affection were taken advantage of, and a league of people who very rarely complete a calendar year without multiple drunk driving deaths let alone charges of rape and/or murder. This player is exactly as “gullible” as any other human being who has invested their emotions in another only to be disappointed. National football consists of the most fiscally irresponsible, behaviorally unpredictable, and morally reprehensible people our nation dares to revere, and you sir, are human cancer.

  • Kyle Barker

    Ever heard of being “catfished”? There is a movie and now a show titled “Catfish” about people who use fake online profiles to develop relationships. Kinda the same things.