What is Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o really hiding?

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Manti Te’o needs to point us in the right direction.

A little more than two weeks into the new year and the top story so far is one for the books. Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te’o had a season as legendary as the University he represented. Behind his on the field fury was a story of dedication, love and immeasurable loss — which tugged at our heartstrings.

If only she really existed.

In the end, the only hearts broken were those who put their unwavering faith in Te’o.

Forty years ago, running back John Cappelletti of Penn State won the Heisman Trophy. In the backdrop of Cappelletti’s run into the history was his younger brother. Joey Cappelletti was stricken with childhood Leukemia and was seriously ill. When Cappelletti dedicated the Trophy to his dying brother, there were few dry eyes in the building. It was one of the great genuine moments in sports.

Ironically, Manti Te’o’s Heisman Trophy campaign was fueled by the passing of his grandmother and fictional girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who Te’o said died from Leukemia.

Genuine is a word associated with Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o for different reasons now. The All-American’s alleged staging of a fake girlfriend and her death to fuel publicity has blindsided everyone. The University of Notre Dame has placed their cards on the table in support of Te’o. His larger than life aura has brought the school and football program back into relevance. The University financed their own investigation and are satisfied with the outcome, concluding this hoax was nothing more than a sick joke.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick choked back tears as he proclaimed, “The single most trusting person I have ever met will never be able to trust again in his life.”

When you line up the facts and add a little common sense and shake well, the answers are right there.

  • Teo stated in one story he was told of his girlfriend’s death by his own brother and in another by the brother of his girlfriend.
  • Notre Dame teammates were on board with the fact that Te’o’s girlfriend did not exist, but it made for good theatre and Te’o was more than willing to ride the wave.
  • Te’o never mentions any in-person interaction with this person in any of his interviews.
  • He never mentioned going home at any point to visit during her illness.
  • In the age of technology we live in he never mentions SKYPE, Facetime or any social media tools, only telephone conversations.
  • There are conflicting stories on the actual death dates of his grandmother and girlfriend.
  • Teo was notified of the hoax on December 6th. In an interview two days later, he spoke of Kekua as if she existed and was actually deceased.

The inconsistencies cannot be overlooked.

We were duped by Te’o because we didn’t question why there were no photos of Lennay Kekua. There was no obituary and no contact made with her family. Manti Te’o took the respect shown to him and solidified his fortress of lies upon it. No one would question the death of a loved one and Te’o knew it.

Why the added drama? Why such a perplexing act of deception to the public? Te’o doesn’t come across as an insecure person, he didn’t need he lies.

Or did he?

I guess we were all catfished, because we obviously never knew Manti Te’o.

4 Responses to “What is Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o really hiding?”

  1. HarveyDent says:

    Don’t forget that T’eo’s father said they met her when this fake girl came to Hawai’i to visit him. All of them were in on this to get some pub. No sympathy for this guy because it’s not even warranted because this guy’s a straight-up liar.

  2. publius africanus says:

    This Te’o business could be just the tip of a very sordid iceberg:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/us-news-blog/2013/jan/17/notre-dame-manti-teo-hoax-lizzy-seeberg

    Interesting how Notre Dame could investigate the girl who was never there but are giving two real girls the run around on investigating their claims of sexual assault.

  3. ch555x says:

    This is one of many reasons I take what the MSM gives these days with a grain of salt. I never really paid much attention to this story and am glad I didn’t…hot mess! There was a brief dust-up in the MSM over Brent Musburger alleged comments over Holly Rowe (flew over my head like a jet) and, of course, the NRA busting veins over gun control. As many have said, I’m sure he’s had lines chock full of girls threatening to tear hinges off, so…WTF?!

  4. Miranda says:

    This is so very very…..just stupid. I don’t even get the point of this lie. To gain sympathy? But his grandmother, a REAL VERIFIABLE person, actually died..so why create a dead girlfriend too?From what I can tell, a dead grandparent story works real well with our dumbass media too.

    And if its the other option, he really is the victim of a hoax…well my God, I’m shocked he hasn’t already sold his future earnings in exchange for magic beans. This is just a bizarre twisted story that my best guess is: a little lie just ballooned out of control and they didn’t know what to do so it just grew and grew – that tangled web just got too tangled.

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