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Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend Never Existed
Deadspin ^ | January 16, 2013

Posted on 01/16/2013 3:05:31 PM PST by LibertyJihad

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: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: girlfriend; manti; mantiteo; notredame; teo
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1 posted on 01/16/2013 3:05:47 PM PST by LibertyJihad
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To: LibertyJihad

But here he claims the woman was the love of his life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGgIwSc8M3M&feature=player_embedded

He is at the very least guilty of embellishing his relationship with this “woman.” More likely, he was in on the conspiracy and is not a victim as the ND statement would have you believe.


2 posted on 01/16/2013 3:10:36 PM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: LibertyJihad
Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend Never Existed

That should make her untimely death easier to bear

3 posted on 01/16/2013 3:11:53 PM PST by PGR88
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To: LibertyJihad

4 posted on 01/16/2013 3:12:02 PM PST by Theoria
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To: LibertyJihad

Sounds like the press was just following their standard MO: publishing a pack of bu11$h^+ lies without being concerned about the facts. Hey . . . it sold their rags.


5 posted on 01/16/2013 3:12:17 PM PST by RatRipper (Self-centeredness, greed, envy, deceit and lawless corruption has killed this once great nation.)
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To: LibertyJihad

I got bored reading this crap. Too damn weird and too many lies.


6 posted on 01/16/2013 3:15:48 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: ConservativeTeen

ND should have attempted more Holy Mary passes against Alabama.

Bwaaaaaahaaha. Aaagh.


7 posted on 01/16/2013 3:18:21 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: onyx

Read through to the end myself. He was in this up to his ears. Sad, but, all more signs of our times. Wish we could get Deadspin working on the Obama case, but, unfortunate most of the writers and commenters there love him.


8 posted on 01/16/2013 3:25:01 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: LibertyJihad

cat fishing at its worst


9 posted on 01/16/2013 3:28:01 PM PST by Nifster
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To: RatRipper

Makes the Tide sweeping him aside even more schweeeeet! He’s a jerk, just the sort the enemy media love to push on the people.


10 posted on 01/16/2013 3:37:18 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: LibertyJihad

When did a Hawaiian (allegedly) lying to the nation become newsworthy?


11 posted on 01/16/2013 3:38:06 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: John W

This fishy tale just reeks of homosex.


12 posted on 01/16/2013 3:38:24 PM PST by STD ( People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face' but none of us can see theirs!)
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To: John W

This fishy tale just reeks of homosex.


13 posted on 01/16/2013 3:38:29 PM PST by STD ( People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face' but none of us can see theirs!)
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To: John W

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8851033/story-manti-teo-girlfriend-death-apparently-hoax


14 posted on 01/16/2013 3:40:21 PM PST by petitfour
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To: ConservaTexan

And he went to the same high school as Obama!


15 posted on 01/16/2013 3:40:42 PM PST by MisterI
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To: LibertyJihad
The lamestreamers bought into this charade almost as easily as they bought into Soetoro's Dreams From My Father. This story would have won an Emmy had it been one of the drama cases on American Idol.
16 posted on 01/16/2013 3:41:15 PM PST by immadashell
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To: LibertyJihad

Was she a composite?


17 posted on 01/16/2013 3:49:02 PM PST by PGalt
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To: STD

Manti Gay’o?


18 posted on 01/16/2013 3:58:36 PM PST by LibertyJihad
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To: LibertyJihad
This is a really weird story. Like something a teenager would do, not someone ready for the NFL.

In that regard, I question whether he is ready for the NFL. 'Bama's line and backers really handled him. By the second half he seemed to be avoiding them instead of running to make a play.

19 posted on 01/16/2013 4:00:25 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: John W

You have a grand idea there regarding the Marxist.

Sheesh, reading through this mess was tedious and I kept wondering, “what the heck was the point?” Delusional or what?

Lord have mercy.


20 posted on 01/16/2013 4:10:13 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: petitfour

Here is the original fairy tale story of Manti meeting this girl.

http://articles.southbendtribune.com/2012-10-12/sports/34419536_1_brian-and-ottilia-manti-te-o-irish-head-coach


21 posted on 01/16/2013 4:13:03 PM PST by petitfour
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To: LibertyJihad
This is football's greatest deception since the birth of the “Statue of Liberty play.”
22 posted on 01/16/2013 4:14:06 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: All

How is it even possible that sports journalists across the world were reporting on the first story for weeks and not one person verify it? No one looked for her obit? No one tried to reach out to her family? No one tried to get a comment from her friends?

Maybe it’s just me not being able to take it, but the fact that ESPN, SI, CNN, and every other group that covered the first story didn’t see any signs. But a couple no name weirdos from Deadspin peiced it all together. Just doesn’t make logical sense.


23 posted on 01/16/2013 4:28:49 PM PST by VAFreedom (maybe i should take a nap before work)
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To: STD

Was thinking that, as in what would be even worse would be if.....


24 posted on 01/16/2013 4:37:15 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: LibertyJihad
POOR BABY is a victim...who would have guessed this was coming?

The Tide rolled his ass too!

MANTI TE'O SPEAKS: 'I Was The Victim,' The Dead Girlfriend Hoax Was A 'Sick Joke'

-Roll Tide-

25 posted on 01/16/2013 4:52:08 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Where did he send the white roses? Does he have a receipt? Where are the letters she sent him? Where are the photos of them together? No snapshots in Hawaii via cell phone?

Uh huh.


26 posted on 01/16/2013 4:59:38 PM PST by petitfour
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To: MHGinTN

Really glad Johnny Football won the Heisman!


27 posted on 01/16/2013 5:20:11 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: LibertyJihad
It is very difficult to believe that Te'o is an innocent, wronged party in this. He has said too much, made too many claims for his denials to be feasible.

The only explanations that make sense are either that this was done to facilitate a compelling Heisman backstory, or to cover up the real relationship he was having with the male accomplice in this hoax. Or both.

The story of the fake girlfriend's equally fake sister makes his version of events very hard to accept.

28 posted on 01/16/2013 5:31:41 PM PST by wideawake
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To: STD

“This fishy tale just reeks of homosex.”

My ex-BIL is closet flamer, poet, eclectic type. He’d never had an interest in a woman ever. Away at college he concocted a story about a passionate romance with a woman who later died then he wrote poetry about it.

He pitched the story to his parents to remove suspicion of his Pooftness (they swallowed it hook/line/sinker) and used it as the reason he was never again interested in women...his life’s true love being dead and all.


29 posted on 01/16/2013 5:48:58 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: LibertyJihad

When I first heard this story I thought to myself, “Boy I wish his girlfriend never died.” Looks like my wish came true!


30 posted on 01/16/2013 5:55:28 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: LibertyJihad

This story is too weird. He’s in the NFL draft?


31 posted on 01/16/2013 5:57:47 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: MrChips

Ping!


32 posted on 01/16/2013 6:21:48 PM PST by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society. Broil 'em now!!!)
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To: VAFreedom
Maybe it’s just me not being able to take it, but the fact that ESPN, SI, CNN, and every other group that covered the first story didn’t see any signs. But a couple no name weirdos from Deadspin peiced it all together. Just doesn’t make logical sense.

Why not? The media was fed a narrative that met with their preconceptions and self interest, and so they reported it without a second thought and without any fact checking. It happens every day in the political world, and proves the point that 99% of journalists are too lazy and intellectually vacant to set aside their personal beliefs and report the actual facts.

33 posted on 01/16/2013 6:27:51 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: VAFreedom

Here’s your simple guide to understanding mass media. It’s all a lie. All of it, the entertainment programming, the commercials, the sports, the reality programming, and the news. Especially the news.


34 posted on 01/16/2013 6:29:51 PM PST by garbanzo (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine)
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To: STD

The first time I saw a report on this guy, the first thing that popped into my head after about 30 secs or so was “three dollar bill”.


35 posted on 01/16/2013 6:35:09 PM PST by garbanzo (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine)
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To: ConservaTexan

I got the joke, but Manti Teo isn’t Hawaiian. Neither is Obama.


36 posted on 01/16/2013 6:42:55 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: LibertyJihad
Another one of these BS athlete back ground stories. They are especially prevalent in large athletic events, the Olympics are a favorite venue. Parents, relatives who have just died, on the verge of death, or have some life threatening affliction ... and the athlete who has managed to over come this added pressure to achieve success ... how many times have we heard these stories?
Countless times ... most exaggerated to be sure.
37 posted on 01/16/2013 6:43:44 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: STD

Does he prefer tight ends or wide receivers?


38 posted on 01/16/2013 6:44:34 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: MisterI
And he went to the same high school as Obama!

Kinda makes you wonder...is everybody from that high school a thoroughgoing fraud? Sure seems like it.
39 posted on 01/16/2013 7:16:21 PM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: MHGinTN

I liked it even though I am an Auburn fan. I have two grown sons who are avid Bama fans. My oldest son played high school football with 4 that played for Alabama. They were all good kids. Also, for a year we lived two doors down from Roman Harper, who now plays for the Saints. He and his brother Ronnie were both good kids. So, unlike some, I am not for Auburn and whoever is playing against Alabama.

In regard to Te’o, I am just sick and tired of getting up every morning and reading and hearing absolute fairy tales put out by the media. Are they ALL libtard robots? Can any of them think critically anymore? Can they not apply simple logic? Do they not even make a passing attempt to determine facts?


40 posted on 01/16/2013 7:33:53 PM PST by RatRipper (Self-centeredness, greed, envy, deceit and lawless corruption has killed this once great nation.)
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To: LibertyJihad; Perdogg; campaignPete R-CT; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; NFHale

He says he only knew her online and over the phone and thus implicitly admits he embellished the relationship. I find that pathetically believable.

Dude Manti, if you never even met her she wasn’t your girlfriend.

But there is an excellent chance he’s lying and he invented her which is very scummy not to mention stupid since any reporter worth a pile of puke could ascertain whether the girl actually existed or not.

Either way, weird.


41 posted on 01/16/2013 11:57:18 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: LibertyJihad
“....We also know that Te’o is a devout Mormon. When asked why he picked Notre Dame over Southern California, the school he had supported while growing up in Hawaii, he said he prayed on it.” What was the problem? SC is a secular school; ND is a secular school.
What a sorry pile of crap Notre Damer has become under Father Jenkins!
42 posted on 01/17/2013 4:30:21 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: LibertyJihad

His story doesn’t add up. Per an article on Breitbart, a high school friend says Teo was in on the hoax. Sooner or later, he’ll come clean.

Oprah Winfrey, call your office.


43 posted on 01/17/2013 4:39:09 AM PST by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: Impy

Well we don’t have many reporters worth a pile of puke anymore. I’d like to sic Deadspin on Obama’s trail but I’m sure they wouldn’t take the job.


44 posted on 01/17/2013 4:44:34 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: luckystarmom

Spoke to his aunt last week. They are all still on cloud nine.


45 posted on 01/17/2013 6:47:46 AM PST by waxer1 (A Republic if you can keep it--Benjamin Franklin. Well we lost it.)
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To: LibertyJihad

HOORAY deadspin! Glenn Beck giving kudos to deadspin now. Citizen journalism BUMP!


46 posted on 01/17/2013 6:52:22 AM PST by PGalt
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To: LibertyJihad; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ..
Re: Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend Never Existed

What... a pisser!

Guess I have to take back... my "She's dead, Manti."

Oh My God! The same thing happened to me... and then I met this scrumptious hottie!

Golly, George, just imagine, you lost your grannie and girlfriend all at once and I just magically appear... What a stroke of luck!

I know what you are feeling, Manti... being part chinaman, I, too, have had nonexistent friends and family die online--

How can you say "Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend Never Existed" when... she is evidently Obama's long lost love child and the reason for his new 46 Executive Orders outlawing auto accidents and leukemia?

Hey, Bend, you know me. Always doing things... for the children!

Listen, Barry, my Executive Orders outlawing 'Succession' did squat... and neither did my one stopping actors from owning assault derringers, either--

Does this mean my Packers loss to the 49ers... was a hoax, too?

Sorry, big, that arse whippin'... was on the level.

Meanwhile, back at Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend's online wake, the entertainment... goes on and on--

47 posted on 01/17/2013 7:13:52 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: VAFreedom

All of the “journalists” knew about Rielle and it took a scandal sheet to print it. Birds of a feather.


48 posted on 01/17/2013 8:36:17 AM PST by Jaded (Really? Seriously?)
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To: VAFreedom

“No one looked for her obit?”
EXACTLY! I just watched ESPN First Take, and the Chicago Tribune reporter that interviewed Te’o said he believed Te’o when he interviewed him. Then went on to say that as he was writing the story he tried to look for her obit but couldn’t find it.

Give me an F’n break! He couldn’t find it! Are you telling me he never asked Manti where his online gf lived? And this lamestream reporter never investigated the Notre Dame investigators?

I don’t know who is telling the truth, but I know who is outright lying; and it is the lying mainstream reporters once again. These guys just don’t vet or investigate.

Skip Bayless and Stephan A. Smith had a wild back and forth on this issue today. They never confronted the Trib reporter and never went incredulous on him like I just did.


49 posted on 01/17/2013 9:11:52 AM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: Bender2

Bender I am confused

Is there is dead grandma who died or never exist or dead girlfriend who never exist

I am confused Bender LOL!


50 posted on 01/17/2013 9:19:36 AM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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