• September 30, 2022

Manti Te’o Needs To Come Clean Now About Girlfriend

This nonsense story about Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te’o and his girlfriend which never really existed is a story which seems too ridiculous to believe.  He got emotionally involved with this girl online, but never met her.  He just saw pictures of a woman, whom he thought was her.

At the same time he said she was the most beautiful woman he had ever met.

Later on he was made aware that she was sick and in the hospital.  He was later told that she got in a horrific automobile accident.  Later he was told she had died of leukemia.  This was around the same time when his grandmother died.  It seemed to be a classic heartbreaking story that would be made into a movie one day.

All-American Notre Dame middle linebacker and possible Heisman Trophy winner suffers his grandmother and girlfriend dying at the same time and it motivates him to lead Notre Dame to heroics on the football field.

I can’t say I know whether he was part of the hoax and whether he was duped by others, but regardless of what the truth is, I don’t think it’s a career killer.  He should come clean right now about everything right now and I think he’ll be able to put it behind him.

Many times young college players who become national stars overnight aren’t ready to deal with stardom on that level and need to be protected.  It sounds like this Te’o got duped by somebody online and then he played along with it to a degree.

We all have done stupid things while growing up, but it hasn’t been in front of the nation.  Those videos on ESPN of him talking about this girl, who doesn’t exist, look very bad.  Still, I wouldn’t hold it against him if I were running a team’s draft.  Hopefully, he’ll be able to learn from it and get past it.

On the other hand, the Notre Dame public relations office should have been on top of this story, once it went national.  The Fighting Irish should have investigated this lady, whom Te’o had never met.   Once they saw it was shakey, they should have encouraged Te’o to put an end to it.

Jack Swarbrick, the Notre Dame Athletic Director shouldn’t be on television crying about this incident.  It doesn’t look good and combined with this story makes the Notre Dame athletic department seem unstable.  Here you have a “make believe” girlfriend and a “make believe” story, plus the Notre Dame Athletic Director crying on national television about the whole thing.

GCOBB

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paulman
paulman
January 17, 2013 11:14 am

At the minimum, I would have Te’o go around the Country talking to HIgh-School Kids about INternet Hoaxes and Being Careful about the whole Social Media stuff that’s out there …
Then as Punishment, I would make Manti Te’o remove the the ” ‘ ” from his last name and officially change his last name to plain Teo..

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
January 17, 2013 11:37 am

GMcliff – wants to trade the house for this guy

DCar
DCar
January 18, 2013 5:44 am

Absolutely bizarre story! WTF! If he did that to get a Heisman Trophy, that’s pretty pathetic!

greenfan
greenfan
January 18, 2013 8:59 am
Reply to  DCar

I agree. DCar. This is bizzare. If he did it to help win the Heisman he is pathetic…. And the fact that he tied it into the actual death of his real grandmother would reserve him a special place down below. Until more comes out I would tend to stay away from him, but didn’t really see him as a fit on this team anyway. He is a smaller LB and we are loaded with them.

DCar
DCar
January 18, 2013 12:46 pm
Reply to  greenfan

green, I was all for drafting him at #4 a month ago, now with his matador play in the BCS game, & this mess, I want no parts of this loop-job! He might fall out of the 1st round! We’re changing to a 3-4 anyways, so I’d draft either Lotuleilei, Jarvis Jones, or Millner at #4, now! It’s a shame, because he reminds me of a young Junior Seau, & I still think he’s going to be good.

pheags88
pheags88
January 18, 2013 1:47 pm
Reply to  DCar

The real Hoax might just be Manti Teo who all of a sudden disappeared in that title game..wtf is wrong with this guy

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2013 8:29 am

I heard that Teo’s and his Girlfriens Wedding Song was going to be Roberta Flack’s “First time I ever saw your Face” if you older guys remember that one…

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2013 10:26 am

Reports are that Manti Te’o and his Girlfriend came up with this Hoax on the
“Bridge to Nowhere” ..

DCar
DCar
January 18, 2013 12:49 pm

Paul, You are “One in a million.” …….Larry Graham

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2013 1:11 pm
Reply to  DCar

Funny DCar..
How about “You Dropped a Bomb on me Baby” … ha ha

DCar
DCar
January 18, 2013 1:23 pm
Reply to  paulman

LOL! you have me breaking out my ipod. Listening to my 70’s & 80’s playlist. XD

vinnietheevictor
vinnietheevictor
January 18, 2013 1:25 pm
Reply to  DCar

“Mystery Girl” Roy Orbison

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2013 1:51 pm

“Green-Eyed Lady” by Sugarloaf back in the 70’s or
“Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison and who can’t forget the Classic of
Elton John and Kiki Dee’s Duet of “Don’t Go Breaking my Heart”

Good Grief…

paulman
paulman
January 18, 2013 1:54 pm
Reply to  paulman

Diggin Deep now..
How about “Nobody Does it Better” from the James Bond Movie
“The Spy Who Loved Me” …