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Manti teo destroys his first round draft stock

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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:36 AM

Manti teo destroys his first round draft stock 


Te’o girlfriend hoax creates confusion, could impact draft stock

Posted by Mike Florio on January 16, 2013, 6:43 PM EST
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The inspiring story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o became a lot more uplifting during the 2012 season, when it was revealed that he was playing in the wake of a pair of personal losses — his grandmother and his girlfriend had died.

But his girlfriend didn’t die.  She didn’t die because she never existed.

Yes, Lennay Kekua didn’t exist.  Thus, the many media accounts regarding her relationship with Te’o and her eventual passing in September 2012, were false.  As were the on-the-record references to her by Te’o.

They were with me,” Te’o told ESPN after an upset of Michigan State that came days after Te’o's grandmother died and his girlfriend actually didn’t.  “I couldn’t do it without them, I couldn’t do it without the support of my family and my girlfriend’s family.  I’m so grateful for all the love and the support that all the fans both from Michigan State and Notre Dame and fans around the world for just supporting me and my family and my girlfriend’s family.  I miss them.  I miss them.  But I know that I’ll see them again one day.”

Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey of Deadspinhave unearthed the hoax, exposing it via an item so detailed and compelling that the folks at Notre Dame had no choice but to promptly acknowledge that, indeed, there was no, and is no, Lennay Kekua.

Roughly an hour after the story surfaced, Notre Dame issued the following statement acknowledging that there was no, and is no, Lennay Kekua:  “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.”

The Notre Dame statement creates more questions than it answers, because it paints Te’o as the victim.  But how can Te’o be the victim of a false relationship that apparently involved more than online contact between Te’o and someone who never existed?  Te’o and Kakua supposedly had met, she supposedly had visited him in Hawaii, and he supposedly had spent hours interacting with her and her family via phone.

Meanwhile, it’s convenient to say the least that Notre Dame became aware of the hoax the day after Christmas and said nothing about it until after the story broke.

The Deadspin item seems to imply strongly that Te’o wasn’t the victim but the instigator, possibly working with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo (a member of the well-known Tuiasosopo football family) to manufacture a personal tragedy for the purposes of widespread publicity — publicity that nearly resulted in Te’o becoming the first true defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy.

Te’o has many questions to answer regarding the situation.  Regardless of whether he does so publicly, he’ll be doing so privately in the interviews and meetings that will precede the draft.  Teams will want to know whether he can be trusted, and likewise what flaw possibly exists in his personality to prompt the fabrication of a girlfriend who would die during the season and draw Gipper-like attention to his football career.

“It could be ugly,” one league source with extensive knowledge of the pre-draft process told PFT.

Actually, it’s already ugly.

UPDATE 6:56 p.m. ET:  Te’o has issued a statement that also paints him as the victim of a hoax.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 12:45 AM

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After being exposed in the National championship game which in my opinion brought his stock to down to about the same level as Rey Maulauga (early 2nd late first round talent wise)  Then for this to come out could propel him down to the 4th round depending on what happens.

One thing is apparent is that he needs to absolutely tell the media and NFL teams the truth.. It could be something as simple as a failed attempt at raising his heisman and NFL draft stock... Some have suggested he may actually be gay.. There are some like Regan Mauia"The Juggernaught" who said they met the girl he was mentioning. Regardless the investigation following into the draft is going to be detrimental to any team looking at him..

I personally don't care but If it did come out that he is the first openly gay NFL draft prospect, That would open up a dynamic in the NFL which we have never seen.. What does that do to his draft stock? Because understand whatever team drafts him is going to have a media firestorm at all times that dwarfs Tebowmania.

Regardless Right now the situation Its almost like a bandaid.. Don't open it slowly just rip it off and get it over with.
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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:36 AM

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In other news AJ McCarron draft stock has propelled him into the 1st overall pick because his girlfriend is very real.
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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:46 AM

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I posted in another thread that I was just standing next to Teo and was in an elevator with him this past weekend. Two 40-50 year old men were giving him some love. These guys are like rock stars to some people I guess.
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Posted: 1/17/2013 5:57 PM

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major lulz.
TourDeForce wrote: In other news AJ McCarron draft stock has propelled him into the 1st overall pick because his girlfriend is very real.

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Posted: 1/17/2013 8:53 PM

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Not going to lie...the thought of his GF and RTH's wife in a battle for the spotlight.... we all win.


TourDeForce wrote: In other news AJ McCarron draft stock has propelled him into the 1st overall pick because his girlfriend is very real
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Posted: 1/17/2013 9:06 PM

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TourDeForce wrote: I posted in another thread that I was just standing next to Teo and was in an elevator with him this past weekend. Two 40-50 year old men were giving him some love. These guys are like rock stars to some people I guess.

You mean  like dolphin fans  proclaiming  our wr as best in the league ?    some fin fans treat Bess and Hartline  like Clayton  and Duper  .   biggrin

of course  I'm guilty of making   
of making Chambers and Lamar Thomas  out to be like  OJ McDuffie and Nat  Moore   so I dont have room to talk.     KIDDING AROUND  biggrin
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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:39 AM

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Ok, we have a couple situations with Teo.....................

If he REALLY thought of some "girl" that he never met was his "girlfriend", He's too damn dumb to be drafted by the Fins.

If he was the victim of a "hoax" like this, then he's too damn dumb to be drafted by the Fins.

If he purposely misled people by making this crap up for attention, he has a mental problem and he's too damn dumb to be drafted by the Fins.

If he's a fruit, let the Jets draft him.

Hopefully, we'll stay FAR away from this head-case.
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Posted: 1/23/2013 2:36 PM

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72FINS wrote: Ok, we have a couple situations with Teo.....................

If he REALLY thought of some "girl" that he never met was his "girlfriend", He's too damn dumb to be drafted by the Fins.

If he was the victim of a "hoax" like this, then he's too damn dumb to be drafted by the Fins.

If he purposely misled people by making this crap up for attention, he has a mental problem and he's too damn dumb to be drafted by the Fins.

If he's a fruit, let the Jets draft him.

Hopefully, we'll stay FAR away from this head-case.

laugh.gifeek1



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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:08 PM

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Id consider him if he fell to round 2 that is about it, I think he is going to have a less then stellar combine as well.  

I do think we should get one more LB in round 3 or 4 and with that i would pick Sean Porter from Texas A&M I hear he is doing well at the senior bowl and may boost his stock into round 2 status.
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Posted: 1/25/2013 2:28 PM

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TourDeForce wrote: In other news AJ McCarron draft stock has propelled him into the 1st overall pick because his girlfriend is very real.
Brett Musberger and I give 2 thumbs UP!!!

"Make it Rain Hell"

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Posted: 1/25/2013 2:31 PM

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If Teo didn't know he was talking to a man who sounded like a woman for that long?  He's got issues, BIG issues.  No one... NO ONE is THAT stupid.  Even if he was at Notre Dumb, he couldn't have been THAT dumb.  He got caught in a HUGE lie but his school covered his butt for him and he's still lying through his teeth.

 

I wouldn't draft him ... period.  He's over rated as a player because he goes to ND and he's a slimeball.  He didn't know she wasn't real ... bull crap.  Bull Effing Crap.

"Make it Rain Hell"

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Posted: 1/25/2013 3:45 PM

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DantesDolfanInferno wrote:

If Teo didn't know he was talking to a man who sounded like a woman for that long?  He's got issues, BIG issues.  No one... NO ONE is THAT stupid.  Even if he was at Notre Dumb, he couldn't have been THAT dumb.  He got caught in a HUGE lie but his school covered his butt for him and he's still lying through his teeth.

 

I wouldn't draft him ... period.  He's over rated as a player because he goes to ND and he's a slimeball.  He didn't know she wasn't real ... bull crap.  Bull Effing Crap.

LOL! The captain of the team, Heisman trophy candidate and all around very very popular guy couldn't pull some a$$ at ND? or Indiana? Or anywhere? If that was me, it would be a 1980's Motely Crue on the sunset strip renactment
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