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Manti Teos (ND Linebacker) Dead Girlfriend...is A Hoax
deadspin ^ | 1-16-13 | Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey

Posted on 01/16/2013 2:20:45 PM PST by FlJoePa

Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, the stories said, played this season under a terrible burden. A Mormon linebacker who led his Catholic school's football program back to glory, Te'o was whipsawed between personal tragedies along the way. In the span of six hours in September, as Sports Illustrated told it, Te'o learned first of the death of his grandmother, Annette Santiago, and then of the death of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.

Kekua, 22 years old, had been in a serious car accident in California, and then had been diagnosed with leukemia. SI's Pete Thamel described how Te'o would phone her in her hospital room and stay on the line with her as he slept through the night. "Her relatives told him that at her lowest points, as she fought to emerge from a coma, her breathing rate would increase at the sound of his voice," Thamel wrote.

Upon receiving the news of the two deaths, Te'o went out and led the Fighting Irish to a 20-3 upset of Michigan State, racking up 12 tackles. It was heartbreaking and inspirational. Te'o would appear on ESPN's College GameDay to talk about the letters Kekua had written him during her illness. He would send a heartfelt letter to the parents of a sick child, discussing his experience with disease and grief. The South Bend Tribune wrote an article describing the young couple's fairytale meeting—she, a Stanford student; he, a Notre Dame star—after a football game outside Palo Alto.

Did you enjoy the uplifiting story, the tale of a man who responded to adversity by becoming one of the top players of the game? If so, stop reading.

(Excerpt) Read more at deadspin.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Sports
KEYWORDS: football; notredame
Another great job sports media MORONS. You wouldn't know the truth if it fell on you. Lazy mfers.
1 posted on 01/16/2013 2:20:51 PM PST by FlJoePa
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To: FlJoePa

Sports media is as leftist as the MSM, especially Deadspin which is part of Gawker.


2 posted on 01/16/2013 2:26:47 PM PST by NotSoFreeStater (If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice)
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To: FlJoePa

This man has a career in politics waiting for him.


3 posted on 01/16/2013 2:28:09 PM PST by GSWarrior (Click HERE to read entire tagline.)
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To: NotSoFreeStater

Uh...Deadspin is breaking this story. It’s the espin’s of the world that bathed in it all season. Maybe you should read it. It’s actually shocking.


4 posted on 01/16/2013 2:29:45 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa

Just wow.


5 posted on 01/16/2013 2:31:35 PM PST by petitfour
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To: FlJoePa

I understand that. I’m just saying that Deadspin is no better.


6 posted on 01/16/2013 2:32:03 PM PST by NotSoFreeStater (If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice)
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To: FlJoePa

I watched the last major award between him, Manziel and the QB from KS State right before the Heisman.

In that awards show, Te’o won. The announces dude comes up and starts talking about the tragedy in his life, including his “dead” GF and Te’O did not flinch or make a move.


7 posted on 01/16/2013 2:34:45 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: FlJoePa

Thank God AJ’s girlfriend was sitting in the stands for Brent Musberger. I guess we now know why ESPN did not do a sob story on the dead girlfriend for the championship game hoopla.


8 posted on 01/16/2013 2:35:26 PM PST by petitfour
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To: FlJoePa

What classes do they offer at the Punahou School? Did BO take the same ones as MTO?


9 posted on 01/16/2013 2:38:19 PM PST by petitfour
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ND Official response:

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.

Dennis Brown
University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President

That’s all great. What about the phone calls? Did he fall asleep at night putting 8 hours on his phone listening to Tuiasasopo (sp)? Srsly?


10 posted on 01/16/2013 2:42:31 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: GSWarrior

He can pull a Biden and embellish the story.

If he really wants points and runs as a Dem, he can blame Bush,too.


11 posted on 01/16/2013 2:51:58 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: FlJoePa

A Tweet to Manti Te’o from Lennay Kekua’s Twitter account at 5:07 p.m. today (Screenshot in case it’s erased): http://i.imgur.com/POGyY.png


12 posted on 01/16/2013 2:56:24 PM PST by erlayman
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To: NotSoFreeStater

Deadspin is getting better. At least they seem to dig a little bit. They have no competition, as the rest of them are lazy, stupid, biased pigs. Period.


13 posted on 01/16/2013 2:56:47 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: FlJoePa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGgIwSc8M3M&feature=player_embedded

In this video Te’o claims Kekua is the love of his life. He is not a “victim” as the ND statement would leave you to believe.


14 posted on 01/16/2013 2:57:40 PM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: erlayman

Now we know why Manti sucked in the BCS championship game. He wasn’t really there.


15 posted on 01/16/2013 2:59:45 PM PST by petitfour
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To: NotSoFreeStater
Sports media is as leftist as the MSM, especially Deadspin which is part of Gawker.

What does leftist have to do with this story? It is superb investigative reporting that is so lacking in the MSM. I wish that we had more such reporting on politics and current events.

I thought the capper was the following:

Update (5:17 p.m.): Notre Dame responds:

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.

Dennis Brown

University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President

Let's see if ESPN will cover this story. It is just as much a blockbuster as the Armstrong fraud.

16 posted on 01/16/2013 3:02:17 PM PST by kabar
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To: FlJoePa
Weird, weird.

Well, another reason to hate Notre Dame.

17 posted on 01/16/2013 3:23:06 PM PST by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: FlJoePa
Odd that the socialist propagandist media scum can dissect and report this story, but have yet to even peek at the jug-eared moron's demented unaccomplished life to date. /s
18 posted on 01/16/2013 3:31:17 PM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: GSWarrior

To be a big shot democrat you must be willing to use dead people for your own political advantage. Dead voters are the most loyal democrats and dead children make the best political props. The dead grandma or relative can also serve as a great distraction or gain a lot of sympathy. It’s amazing how low a democrat will go to screw you over.


19 posted on 01/16/2013 3:38:08 PM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: Common Sense 101

One of the other players posted that he talked to “her” on the phone several times as well. So there seems to have been some girl involved with this hoax.


20 posted on 01/16/2013 3:39:34 PM PST by StevieRay20
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To: GunRunner
“Ron Powlus will win the Heisman two times and be the greatest quarterback in the history of Notre Dame.” -- Beano Cook

Although not related as such to the Manti Te'o story, ol' Beano was yet another mythmaker for Notre Dame and today's news made me recall his prediction.

21 posted on 01/16/2013 3:53:17 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: FlJoePa
Here I am congratulating myself over this. I was so disconnected from college football this past season that I don't even remember hearing the original story about this "Teo" guy.

Is it really a hoax if you never even heard the story in the first place? LOL.

22 posted on 01/16/2013 4:01:30 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: FlJoePa

Bump for a wild story!

Why would he do this? I am sure he was in on it. For sympathy? Wasn’t that an episode of Seinfeld?


23 posted on 01/16/2013 4:04:17 PM PST by Yaelle
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bfl


24 posted on 01/16/2013 5:06:30 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: FlJoePa

Notre Dame is giving a press conference on this right now.


25 posted on 01/16/2013 5:56:33 PM PST by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: FlJoePa

This has the makings of a Disney movie.


26 posted on 01/16/2013 6:01:14 PM PST by Delta Dawn (at)
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To: FlJoePa

ESPN is replaying the press conference with ND Athletic Director now.


27 posted on 01/16/2013 6:13:24 PM PST by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: Delta Dawn

and then a dingo ate his baby and aliens abducted his dead girlfriend’s body and did experments.
he fought the aliens and injured his arm in doing so. but he played any way even though his arm
was connected only by skin and some scotch tape.and then Benji chased a cat.

the end.


28 posted on 01/16/2013 8:32:27 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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