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Te’o interview reports conflict

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Notre Dame A.D. Jack Swarbrick removed the “say nothing” option for linebacker Manti Te’o by telling reporters on Wednesday night that Te’o will soon address (with something more than the prepared statement he already has issued) the elaborate hoax that he claimed was perpetrated on him.

So the question now become when will Te’o say something — and to whom will he say it?

Multiple reports on Thursday morning indicated that Te’o will be interviewed by Jeremy Schaap of ESPN.  Multiple subsequent reports on Thursday morning indicate that the Schaap interview has been scrapped.

(Hello, Oprah.)

Here’s hoping that when Te’o tells his story, the questions are posed by someone who will speak for the public at large regarding the questions, the skepticism, and the inconsistencies — most notably, the issue of whether Te’o had ever “met” in person the girl who never existed.  The manner in which the story has been handled to date has caused many to believe that he had a role in the hoax, even if he simply went along with something he didn’t initiate.

So if Te’o wants to remove all doubt, he needs to submit to an interview that gives him an opportunity not to swing at slo-pitch softballs but to knock high heat out of the park.

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47 Responses to “Te’o interview reports conflict”
  1. tjh9985 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:10 PM

    Te’os PR staff pulling the interview because they realize how ridiculous the story is and how there is absolutely no way he can explain it and not sound mentally unstable.

  2. fuglyflorio says: Jan 17, 2013 12:12 PM

    In any event it’s great theatre. And Te’o is looking worse by the minute. This has to be costing him millions in draft dollars.

  3. xcerebus1 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:13 PM

    and people care about this…….why? Did this story enhance his playing ability somehow? Did it give him a competitive edge? Yeah, it garnered him some sympathy from the same folks that are pissed they fell for it without doing their jobs and checking the facts. But really, the ‘public at large’ doesn’t really give a crap, only the reporters who ate it up and now have to live with it settling in their stomachs. Also, this is ‘PRO’footballtalk, ‘Collegefootballtalk’ is another board.

  4. ijahru says: Jan 17, 2013 12:15 PM

    What does that mean “speak for the public?” The fact is the man did not commit any crime and this is a personal issue. Yes it is great entertainment for us and a very interesting story to follow but please Mike don’t make it sound like the public has the “right” to make this guy tell us what happened.

  5. bigblue5611 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:16 PM

    Just admit it and in like 2 days nobody will care

  6. jprcox says: Jan 17, 2013 12:18 PM

    Te’os goose is cooked. There is no way a story like this could exist in such a complex manner without someone gaining something.

    Haha jokes with nothing to gain are easily vetted. This hoax was complex and wide reaching. Unless Te’o can support the telephone call records, emails, etc …. he needs to just come clean now and save himself further reproach.

    No one likes a hoax’ter, but we HATE someone who keeps the lie going and going and wasting our time (just ask Armstrong).

  7. thesteeg says: Jan 17, 2013 12:19 PM

    He knew he’d been had but kept the falsehood going. For fame? To get sympathy? Two days after he received a call from his supposedly dead girlfriend, he tells reporters he lost both grandparents and his girlfriend to cancer. He kept the lie going. Whether he got taken or not, he lied and even worse, lied to a national audience.

  8. prince5000 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:23 PM

    of course he knew about it and lied – but even if he didn’t know you would have to question his mental health either way. what team would draft him in the first round now?

  9. morty999 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:29 PM

    It matters becuase it goes to character. NFL teams spends lots of time and money trying to find character flaws that could lead a player to making bad decisions and not living up to their physical ability. If he was part of the hoax, and it seems pretty obvious he was, it absolutely matters.

  10. mazblast says: Jan 17, 2013 12:29 PM

    He and the increasingly frightened ND media machine have either not yet agreed upon the one lie to tell, or he hasn’t learned his lines yet. The fact that they’d cancel an interview with a soft-tosser from ESPN tells us a lot.

  11. cags777 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:29 PM

    If you think about it, players and teams use tragic events to drum up support for championships and other honors. The New Orleans Saints are a prime example of that during the 2009 season. Too bad for the team that the public grew wary of Drew Brees continuing to milk Katrina in the 2010 season.

  12. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 17, 2013 12:30 PM

    If people were hurt in the process then yes he should answer the questions. But if he just made an ass out of himself then, sorry, he doesn’t have to answer to anyone.

    It’s a weird story and a nice departure of hearing anything about the Jets. But if no one got taken for cash or mentally or physically injured then let’s all just move along.

  13. jasoschmidt says: Jan 17, 2013 12:32 PM

    xcerebus1 says:

    “and people care about this…….why? Did this story enhance his playing ability somehow? Did it give him a competitive edge? Yeah, it garnered him some sympathy from the same folks that are pissed they fell for it without doing their jobs and checking the facts. But really, the ‘public at large’ doesn’t really give a crap, only the reporters who ate it up and now have to live with it settling in their stomachs. Also, this is ‘PRO’footballtalk, ‘Collegefootballtalk’ is another board.”

    Obviously you care about it….you took the time to read and submit a post on a message board.
    Also….it is a pro football story. Sure, this played out during a college football season, but the minute Notre Dame lost to Alabama Te’o was on draft boards and on the minds of 32 NFL teams.

  14. blacknole08 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:32 PM

    Soon could mean today, tonight, tomorrow… it doesn’t have to be limited to right now or at this immediate moment.

    This is obviously a personal matter that he decided to make public back in September, and I think upon finding out he was had Te’o himself needs/needed some time to really grasp the gravity of the situation. The whole situation itself is so complex and filled with numerous holes that even he may not have the answers too them.

    I don’t know what this says about him as a man because there was no crime committed here. As far as I’m concerned, he is innocent until proven guilty.

  15. yankeemofo says: Jan 17, 2013 12:33 PM

    It could be that he really did fall for something like this that was perpetrated on him(by Tuiasosopo) for…Heisman hype/revenge(for what? Idk.)/just by chance met Tui’s alter/Tui is a sociopath…pick one.

    My guess is he is too embarrassed to speak about it publicly(I know I would hide for a while)or just maybe he is, for some reason, now covering for Tui now that it is out in the open?

  16. niner13 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:33 PM

    Te’os taking himself and his story to South Beach and you can interview there.

  17. hrmlss says: Jan 17, 2013 12:35 PM

    Harry Reid needs to convene congressional hearings on this now. President O should order the FBI and the justice department to leave no stone unturned. Maybe walk a few guns into Samoa. The Pope needs to find out what Notre Dame knew and when. Roger Goddell should suspend Te’o for 2 years without a hearing, and Vilma again just because. And Drew should ask for an explanation.

  18. studio26seattle says: Jan 17, 2013 12:43 PM

    This is so easy for Manti to prove his innocence. He says he spoke to the girl posing as his girlfriend everyday up till she “died”. Produce her phone number for people to investigate and find the girl behind the hoax. If he does not do that, then he is completely behind the hoax and is the new douche of the media.

  19. farmmbig says: Jan 17, 2013 12:44 PM

    I find it difficult to believe someone that qualifies for admission into Notre Dame can be hoaxed to that level—

    In fact, I DON’T believe it for a second and this guy better come clean soon.

  20. weizdumm says: Jan 17, 2013 12:44 PM

    The next shoe to drop could be a woman or women coming out with their stories of having “relations” with Te’o sometime during the span of this exclusive internet relationship.

  21. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 17, 2013 12:45 PM

    Show phone/text message records, along with the receipt for flowers for the funeral and 90% of this goes away.

  22. schmitty2 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:47 PM

    The kind of people that really want to know what happened are the same people who who probably watch TMZ when they are not watching football. Pretty pathetic

  23. j0esixpack says: Jan 17, 2013 12:51 PM

    The most plausible theory I’ve heard thus far is that all of this is part of an intricate scheme by Bill Belichick in an effort to lower Te’o’s draft stock so he can grab him in the 5th round.

  24. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 17, 2013 12:52 PM

    Today’s guest will be Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. Also known as the “Smoke Blowin’ Samoan”. Or the “Crap Throwin’ Samoan”.

  25. reprob8 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:52 PM

    the major reason why the press is paying so much attention to this story is because they were ALL lazy and failed to do their jobs! ESPN has become a hype machine for sports and the general news media expected that the sports guys vetted the story before allowing it on air.

    it’s really interesting that ND has decided to do damage control, which makes me wonder what hand they played in the scenario.

  26. blacknole08 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:54 PM

    This is so easy for Manti to prove his innocence. He says he spoke to the girl posing as his girlfriend everyday up till she “died”. Produce her phone number for people to investigate and find the girl behind the hoax.

    ——————————————————

    Or “she” could have changed “her” number now that the story is out there. Phone records wouldn’t really prove/disprove much anyways as far as people determining whether Te’o is guilty or not.

  27. raidernation210 says: Jan 17, 2013 12:57 PM

    morty999 says:
    Jan 17, 2013 12:29 PM
    It matters becuase it goes to character. NFL teams spends lots of time and money trying to find character flaws that could lead a player to making bad decisions and not living up to their physical ability. If he was part of the hoax, and it seems pretty obvious he was, it absolutely matters.

    ————————————————-

    OMG!! how clueless are you?? Pac Man Jones, ray Lewis, dante Stallworth, Lenard Little, Lawrence Phillips, Mike Vick, Kenny Britt….I could go on and and it only matters if you can play. So seriously get a clue

  28. ijahru says: Jan 17, 2013 1:00 PM

    I think phone records showing the text messages would help clear this up

  29. mdisptch11 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:00 PM

    I think it’s important because it speaks to the type of person he is. Tell me that T.O. would not be on a roster right now if he wasn’t the person he is? If this guy has the need to go along with something like this, what you’re of teammate do you think he is going to be?

  30. raidernation210 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:00 PM

    It’s funny who really cares? Did he break any laws? Anybody get hurt? Did he benefit in anyway from this? NO! so really who cares. the bottom line is he will be playing in the NFL next season while all of you low lifes on here making negative comments will be making negative comments about somebody else. shows what losers you people really are

  31. upperdecker19 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:03 PM

    Online dating services are scrambling to add the question: “Are you a fictional or non-fictional being?” to its online 29 points of compatibility survey to assist Manti in the future.

  32. xcerebus1 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:06 PM

    jasoschmidt says:

    ‘Obviously you care about it….you took the time to read and submit a post on a message board.
    Also….it is a pro football story. Sure, this played out during a college football season, but the minute Notre Dame lost to Alabama Te’o was on draft boards and on the minds of 32 NFL teams.’

    I commented because more and more stories on here are news stories based on the connection with NBC then the NFL. Until he plays for the NFL and is considered a ‘pro’, this is a college story, and a pretty lame one at that.

  33. simplesimon1 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:10 PM

    Good lord, I bet this is nothing at all. It’s all hype to get things going before the draft. It’s probably all very innocent.

    My guess, is that he really was duped into believing he had a real relationship with somebody over the internet. Then, he found out he had been duped after a fake death claim. These are just big kids, everybody needs to take it easy. He’s probably just super embarrassed by everything and had hoped it would never come out. Even the part about “meeting her”. Big deal… he probably was brutally embarrassed and made that up to save face, thinking it would never come back to haunt him.

    In the end, I bet it’s as simple as a guy being embarrassed about being duped, then lying about the situation because of it. Like no guy has ever done that before…smh

  34. sosuhme says: Jan 17, 2013 1:15 PM

    For those who think no crime has been committed, how much fundraising took place because of this fake girlfriend’s death? How many people were moved to give money to Notre Dame because of this bogus story? Why did Notre Dame allow the CBS story to air before the National Championship game knowing it was all a fraud? The AD said in his press conference that he did not know about the CBS story. So we are suppose to believe that a major network was doing a story on their star player before the National Championship game but the AD new nothing about it? Please. I’m not saying fundraising was the motive behind this scam, but I’m not sure that matters. Wire fraud anyone? How about mail fraud? This story is going to lead to the downfall of the Notre Dame AD. You heard it hear first folks.

  35. seattlenative57 says: Jan 17, 2013 1:16 PM

    The man is naive and incredibly gullible. End of story.

  36. crubenst says: Jan 17, 2013 1:18 PM

    If he had no hand in the hoax there is absolutely no reason to pull any interview or go for a softball interview. Just the mere fact that he pulled this interview implies his guilt.

  37. cmonelisha says: Jan 17, 2013 1:19 PM

    i have a feeling this story is a start to something rly dark or controversial idk why.. its just to bizaar for me right now

  38. originalsteelcurtain says: Jan 17, 2013 1:25 PM

    real dead grandmother + fake dead girlfriend = another Heisman Hoax by another Golden Domer ?

    (IR Joe tHeisman scrapping his family history and making everyone pronounce his name to rhyme with “Heisman” )

  39. MichaelEdits says: Jan 17, 2013 1:28 PM

    I saw his girlfriend sitting in Clint Eastwood’s chair.

  40. Deb says: Jan 17, 2013 1:52 PM

    Based on what’s come out so far, I believe Te’o was part of this hoax. It’s hard to get around the story of their meeting at a game and how their eyes locked so soulfully. But as others have said, no crime was committed. The episode made Notre Dame and the sports press look like gullible fools and calls Te’o’s character into serious question. That’s it. Better to drop the whole thing now and move on than to keep digging a deeper hole.

  41. mrhojorisin says: Jan 17, 2013 2:07 PM

    As big as this story is, it’ll be ten times bigger if he does Oprah anytime soon. Not a good idea.

  42. daubs17 says: Jan 17, 2013 2:09 PM

    Ok Mike. Sweet reporting

  43. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jan 17, 2013 2:58 PM

    lmao if teams still took Talib or Jenkins (the FL pot head CB) you honestly think they wont draft Te’o? ha
    further, isnt it a little strange to people that he is getting more heat than when Pacman supposedly orchestrated a shooting in vegas, or just recently when Talib was accused of shooting at someone??? Why did deadspin even look into this in the first place? why are they using a source they wont name as saying he was 80% sure he was involved as fact?? guess its guilty until proven innocent these days..
    PS Colin Klein never kissed his wife until they married..some are more devoutly religious than others, and premarital sex isnt in the cards for them…my best friend growing up, whos now an minister, is the same way.

  44. WatchThis says: Jan 17, 2013 3:23 PM

    If he says he used the word “met” to cover up it being an online relationship, I believe it. Why take “met” so litterally that it has to be a ftf meeting. Or saying she’s “beautiful” has to imply that too, like there’s no photos or profile pics on the web. If he was trying to pass it off as a ftf meeting to cover up it NOT being ftf, that’s actually very believable, and I don’t get why someone would not understand lying about that.

  45. WatchThis says: Jan 17, 2013 3:27 PM

    This has Lions written all over it.

  46. WatchThis says: Jan 17, 2013 3:30 PM

    All Deadspin uncovered was that she wasn’t real. Seems like the more important question is was Te’o in on the hoax. If not, that’s it. Is it a story that he might be embarrassed by all this? Not really.

  47. usmutts says: Jan 17, 2013 3:39 PM

    “The man is naive and incredibly gullible.”

    This is the most likely explanation. After all, four years at Notre Dame aren’t like actually getting an education at a real university.

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