What a story this has become. Earlier today deadspin.com reported that Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax and the media jumped all over it as usual. Read the full story here. Well Te’o has for the most part remained silent on the issue. Other reports out of ESPN have indicated Notre Dame knew the story was a hoax but had no way to prove it and had chosen to not report it until further evidence had been found. Well Notre Dame as expected has been drawn into this mess by association and very quickly called a press conference to release what they knew, how they knew it, and why they did what they did with that information.
In the clip Notre Dame as expected talks all about student privacy and how it is Manti Te’o’s story to tell, not theirs. They kind of dance around the topic a bit, but that is to be expected with any scandal, if you can call it that. So it is a pretty in-depth concoction of a story if you read about everything that went into this cover up. Now the big question is obviously did Te’o know that the story was a fake before Notre Dame is claiming he did, Dec. 26, and use it to get media attention, was he completely in on the hoax or was he truly oblivious to the prank being pulled on him. That is the question that everyone in the sports network will be asking for the foreseeable future. I find it hard to believe that as much media attention she was getting it took him that long to figure out she was fake. But then again Notre Dame is fully backing him as the victim in this, which is a dangerous move if he was in on it. So what do you guys think? Is it possible that he was a victim of falling in love with a fake online identity (Catfish) or was he in on the whole thing. Let us know in the comments below.
[Update] Manti Te’o Responds to Hoax Claims
“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.”