Report: Te’o “loved the attention,” and teammates were suspicious

AP

With each passing hour that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o remains silent regarding the hoax he claims via a written statement was perpetrated on him, the initial impressions formed by members of the public harden.

And even more information is surfacing to persuade those who are undecided to make up their minds.

The latest comes from Bob Holtzman of ESPN, who reported on College Football Live (via Rotoworld.com) that Te’o’s teammates at Notre Dame sensed that something was amiss regarding the claims of a girlfriend who died in September.

“I talked to a former Notre Dame teammate of Te’o’s today, who told me that most players always thought that this wasn’t really Te’o’s girlfriend,” Holtzman said.  “And that they always suspected that this didn’t really add up with the story.  [The teammate] also told me that Te’o loved the attention and that even though the story may not have been what it seemed to be, that he was more than happy to play along with it.”

This report suggests that, while the relationship may have begun as a hoax, Te’o played along with it, given that it helped create attention and, ultimately, sympathy.

Anyone who is inclined to be sympathetic to Te’o now needs to hear from him, so that they can justify feeling that way.  He needs to talk, and he needs to do it as soon as possible.

104 responses to “Report: Te’o “loved the attention,” and teammates were suspicious

  1. Why doesn’t anyone put their name behind anything? It only validates that YOU would be the one lying. Obviously Te’o didn’t ask to be part of this scheme, simple and plain.

  2. This story reminds me of Joe Paterno’s case in the sense that a once seemingly pristine and flawless image has been proven to have not been the man we all expected.

  3. Obviously in it.

    The guy is handsome, the captain of his football team, possibly going to make a lot of money in the NFL, he’s far from desperate.

  4. If Notre Dame and Te’o both knew this was a hoax in December, then WHY did they continue to sell leis for the “wear a lei for Manti” campaign at the Championship game? ND fans that bought those leis weren’t just lied to – they were defrauded.

    I don’t see how this is any better than defrauding people for donations for a false Haiti or New York relief fund.

  5. He just needs to admit to his part in the hoax, plead stupidity, and move on. Eventually, people will forget get..at least until he plays in the NFL, and hears it from his opponents fans every weekend.

  6. This is too funny for words. Sad, pathetic … but also hysterical. Te’o is the only football star in history who has had trouble getting dates.

  7. If it was his hoax, he just outdid Andy Kauffman. This would be the single greatest trick played on a large scale!

    Also, props to PFT as I don’t recall seeing any articles from you on this girlfriend before.

    The problem here that needs to be looked at is the laziness of the media. How could they run with a story like this without any fact checking to see if they girl even existed. No checking anything, just running a story they felt sounded so great they had to run it without fact checking.

    I remember when reporters were professionals and wouldn’t let false stories like this run rampant. Not any longer though. Reporters are lazy and don’t care if what they report is true or not as long as it brings in readers. It’s actually a shame as the standards are as so low for the media these days.

  8. This report suggests that, while the relationship may have begun as a hoax, Te’o played along with it, given that it helped create attention and, ultimately, sympathy

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    pretty sick hoax.

  9. While intriguing to the media because we all know they love dumpster fires I can’t say this is very interesting from a football perspective.

    When he finally played against NFL talent in the Championship game he was missing tackles left and right. I can’t imagine that he’ll be a high #1 draft pick now.

    He may have been able to make the scout team of Bama, LSU & Florida.

  10. He’s too busy trying to sell the first interview to the highest bidder, who remains sympathetic to him. The Jets should automatically be granted rights to him to continue their clown show.

  11. Someone needs to be on the lookout for Te’o. He should be on suicide watch. I cannot imagine what is mental and emotional state must be today even though he had to have been somewhat prepared for it.

    As disgusted as I am with his behavior, I hope it does not end up to be even worse.

  12. Why are spending so much time talking about a 6th round draft prospect? He’s more overhyped than Tebow was coming out of college. Give us a honeybadger story!

  13. I don’t think he “needs” to do anything just because the media says so. Either he did something stupid for attention or he did something stupid out of naivety*. Unless this links him to PED’s or robbing grandmas, I don’t think it really matters. Just wait or lay low until the media find a new horse to beat up.

    disclaimer: I am thankful for sports media supplying us fans with news on our favorite teams and players.

  14. Well, let me put it this way.

    If it really was a hoax in the beginning, he had to be incredibly, incredibly dumb to be fooled for months months.

    I understand that people meet each other online nowadays, but seriously – his internet girlfriend gets cancer and at no point does he feel compelled to meet her in person, spend time with her during treatment, **meet her family**?

    What’s more likely – he didn’t find it suspicious at all that his dying girlfriend didn’t ask to spend time with him in her final months of life, or he figured out early that it was a hoax but played along?

  15. trust me if Teo could tackle anyone his draft stock would not be falling…he can’t, so it is. Not a first rounder after watching him slow foot it around alabama’s nfl caliber offense

  16. Although I do not buy the arguments that Te’o is a victim in all this, I also can’t stand anonymous sources for stories. It’s lazy journalism and as lazy as someone not following up on information given to them.

  17. My only worry is that some of us won’t be laughing on draft day because one team is going to pick up this attention-loving nut who was blown apart by Alabama’s power offense. And I’m hoping it’s not the Steelers because the Rooneys have a soft spot for Notre Dame’s Irish Catholic recruits. Please, someone tell them that in addition to being a poor tackler with a make-believe dead girlfriend, he’s also a Mormon and shouldn’t get that Catholic markup.

  18. He’s really going to love the attention he gets from the media as he sits there watching the draft unfold and they talk about how they can’t understand how he’s falling so far.

  19. There’s only one way to handle this in an optimal way, and none of us know what that way is without being privy to all of the details of this situation. Te’o just needs to make sure he does his best job of finding the smartest person he can to give him proper advice. This is his most important pre-draft test and hopefully he gets the right advice and handles this the right way.

    I’m predicting that he gets lousy advice however by somebody that tricks him into believing they have the right advice. That’s typically what happens in these situations. The best salesman will end up cashing in at Manti’s expense most likely. And sounds like Notre Dame could have some liability issues and they have already proven that their representatives aren’t too sharp or looking out for Manti’s best interests.

  20. coltzfan166 January 17, 2013, 4:19 PM EST

    Yes let’s all make opinions before we’ve even heard it from Manti.
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    We have heard from Manti. Several times… All lies.

  21. This should be on college F.B. Talk only If Te’o is not going to play on Sundays. We are talking NFL draft here and ,no ,this isn’t going away,it happens to be the biggest sports news story of 2013.

    This is dragging Notre Dame into the mud and damaging the school. Te’o must come clean and except his fate. The most intriguing question is how involved was the entire Notre Dame propaganda machine in this mess ?

  22. If faking an imaginary girlfriend is a crime, then half the internet is guilty.

    Seriously, if this is national news… society has fallen to a new low. Everyone sounds like the gossip queen of the school yard.

  23. It really won’t matter if he falls in the draft, because he and his buddy Tuiasosopo can probably whip up a nice-looking web page that shows him going #1 overall to the Chiefs.

  24. jh500 says:
    Jan 17, 2013 4:07 PM
    Obviously in it.

    The guy is handsome, the captain of his football team, possibly going to make a lot of money in the NFL, he’s far from desperate.
    +-+-+

    We have no idea what he is like emotionally.

    Who knows what goes on in a college boy’s mind?

  25. so now we’re supposed to trust an anonymous source about the nonexistent girlfriend.

    What happened to journalism?

  26. He lied so what everybody lies sometimes, people should realize he is still young and inmature, he’ll be ok and some team will get a steal if he falls to the bottom of the 1rst or top of the 2nd.

  27. I can’t wait until he gets drafted and fans from opposing teams start bringing blow-up dolls with “Hey Manti, wanna hang out?” signed hanging around their necks.

  28. BREAKING NEWS!!! College kid lies about a girl….news at 11!!!

    Do you really feel slighted knowing that a player you cheered for lied and pulled at your heartstrings? Then I say you held on a bit too tight…he’s an awful young person and I’m sure you all, certainly myself included, have been dishonest a time or two in your lifetime.

    I ask kindly that we stop giving this so much attention…

  29. I’m sure that he’s loving all of the attention that you are giving him too by continuing to write all of these articles. Let it go already, this stuff happens everyday.

  30. I was trying to come up with joke about Goddell suspending him for this, but then the more I thought about, the more I think we will be hearing “NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that the leauge office is looking into…”

  31. It’s mind blowing to me that there are people that believe his story.

    Just when I think that there can’t be anyone dumber than him, I am proven wrong by some of the comments here…

  32. Okay, so he knew it was a hoax, and played along, even embellished it, because it gave him sympathy, publicity, and attention.

    And then when he realized he was about to be exposed and humiliated, he tried to play whistle-blower.

    It’s all stranger than fiction, but it also adds up.

  33. This story is just too good to be true. For all who say we shouldn’t pay attention to the story, I’m sorry, but it’s just too entertaining, and it definitely would seem that he brought it upon himself. You live and you learn.

  34. On dec 6th, he says he became aware of the hoax. On dec 8th, he gave an interview and said he lost his grandparents AND HIS GF to cancer.

    So he doesnt even have his story straight

  35. Football players are no different than anyone else. With Belcher and his mental instability and others, maybe this kid is in dire need of mental health attention.

    Before we completely throw him under the bus, there seems to be too many complicit parties involved.

    With Penn state covering up the worst act thinkable, NO ONE checked to see if this girl really existed? No reporters, or a certain A.D.?

  36. isphet71 says:Jan 17, 2013 4:10 PM

    If Notre Dame and Te’o both knew this was a hoax in December, then WHY did they continue to sell leis for the “wear a lei for Manti” campaign at the Championship game? ND fans that bought those leis weren’t just lied to – they were defrauded.
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    Funny…Are you sure it wasn’t “wear a lie for Manti”?

  37. The only reason people bring up that they care is because of “Draft position” Well here’s news for you. You only care about his draft position because you want him to make less money (for your own reasons) If you actually care if he fell in the draft, you would want him to.. so your team would get him cheaper. haha

    Again, If faking an imaginary girlfriend is a crime, then half the internet is guilty.

    The bar for society has hit a new low. You really need to step back and look at things with the 30,000 foot rule. You might notice something.

  38. Te’o is guilty of being naive, gullible, too trusting. Very few will agree with this post — but wait until the rest of the facts come out.

    I’m not kidding.

  39. This may sound crazy but hear me out. If monti ultimately gets drafted by the patriots I’m convinced there’s a nfl/patriots partnership conspiracy. The patriots want monti and monti wants to play for a winning org. So with his permission they set this whole thing up to drop his draft stock enough to where they can outright draft him or only trade up a couple of spots for him. Then he becomes the next bruschi they look like genius’ for taking a chance on him and then we here his name every five seconds from CBS game analysts until we want to blow our brains out.

  40. I want to than Te’o. I truly had a lot of laughs out of this story last night. It’s up there with the butt fumble and the Sanchez tattoo. Maybe he winds up in NY.

  41. Deb:
    Rocky Bleier.
    Terry Hanratty.
    Jerome Bettis was aquired in a trade.
    Sorry but I’m not seeing your assertion that the Rooneys have a soft spot in their hearts for Notre Dame players.
    Care to elaborate?

  42. I always want to give people the benefit of the doubt, but it is getting harder each day when people you admire and respect like Lance Armstrong let you down. The good people do these days doesn’t always offset the bad. Too bad for this young man if he was culpable as it diminishes a promising future. Even if he wasn’t part of it people have already judged him before it all comes out. No more Innocent until proven Guilty I guess. Blame those who abused it. How about Live Truthful!!

  43. Could be the great prospect LB for the NFL that never happens because of a severe multiple personality disorder or whatever kind pyshcological issue. Will we ever see the potential or is this a sad story like Len Bias.

  44. ahaha wow… now people are going to diagnose him (spes one who don’t have any education what so ever in a mental health field) because of a fake gf. ahahahaha You people need to step back and take a deep breath, you are losing it.

  45. The news cycle is so short no one cares about the Lance Armstrong interview and no one will care about this once the championship games kick off this weekend

  46. This could be a good thing for the kid. His draft status drops. Teams are afraid to be linked to what looks like a moronic loser and then Bill Belichick scoops in and picks him as the last pick in the first round. He still makes first round money, and he plays for a coach who couldn’t care less about what he did in college as long as he gets his act together in the NFL.

  47. Just this morning, when asked about his advice for Lance Armstrong, Pete Rose said, basically, get it all out there, right away, and the sooner the better. The longer you wait, the worse it will eventually be. Probably good advice here, and for life in general…

  48. @bobzilla …

    Your devotion to my posts is flattering. Just wish you could detect when tongue is planted in cheek.

  49. There are a staggering amount of inconsistencies in this story. For instance, the fact that he didn’t attend his girlfriend’s funeral, visit her after her diagnosis or visit her after her involvement in a road crash. I hope Te’o is being 100% honest about being the victim here. It may reflect poorly on his naivity, but the alternative of him lying could cast a shadow over anything he does in the future, as well as damage the reputation of ND in the eyes of many.

  50. The truth will come out eventually whether Teo talks or not, so he’s better off coming clean as soon as possible. It will look even worse for Teo if it’s someone else that comes clean with the truth. The only way for Teo to minimize the damage and make this go away as fast as possible is for Teo to be the one to come clean with the truth.

    So whoever is advising him should tell him to just own up to whatever it is that really happened. Whatever the reasons, the motivations behind the hoax, just come clean with it now and while it will still look bad, it won’t look nearly as bad if the truth ends up being uncovered by someone else.

  51. I thought the only people who had made up girlfriends were dorky Jr. High Boys. Everyone knew that kid in Jr. High who insisted that he had a hot girl friend who lived in another town or went to a different school, but who no one every saw, it’s just hard to believe that kid turned out to be Manti Te’o, Come on Manti!

  52. NotoriousKDV says:

    The truth will come out eventually whether Teo talks or not, so he’s better off coming clean as soon as possible. It will look even worse for Teo if it’s someone else that comes clean with the truth. The only way for Teo to minimize the damage and make this go away as fast as possible is for Teo to be the one to come clean with the truth.

    So whoever is advising him should tell him to just own up to whatever it is that really happened. Whatever the reasons, the motivations behind the hoax, just come clean with it now and while it will still look bad, it won’t look nearly as bad if the truth ends up being uncovered by someone else.
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    Well said, and sound advice at that. Regrettably, it’s extremely unlikely to happen.

  53. footballmaven says:
    Jan 17, 2013 5:18 PM
    Sounds like Te’o will be a great addition to anybody’s fantasy team next year..

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    Well played. Funniest comment I’ve read in all of this madness.

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