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Manti Te’o: I lied to my dad “to avoid all the questions”

Handout photo of Manti Te'o during an interview with ESPN in Bradenton Reuters

As he continues to insist that he wasn’t involved in a hoax and really believed he was in an online relationship with a woman named Lennay Kekua, Manti Te’o admits he lied at times to make people think he had met Lennay in person.

ESPN has posted what it describes as an edited transcript of Te’o’s conversation with Jeremy Schaap, and in it Te’o acknowledges falsely telling people that he had face-to-face meetings with Lennay.

One of those people Te’o lied to was his dad. Te’o said that while he was staying with his parents in Hawaii, he set up a meeting with Lennay. Lennay didn’t show (obviously, because she didn’t exist), but instead of telling his dad the truth about that, Te’o told his dad that the meeting went as planned.

“So when I got home, dad asked, hey, did you get to see her? And to avoid all the questions, I just said ‘yeah, dad, I saw her,’” Te’o told Schaap.

Te’o told Schaap that was the only time he lied to his parents about meeting Lennay. But that doesn’t square with what Te’o’s dad told the South Bend Tribune, which is that the first time they met was at Stanford when Te’o was there for a game. Te’o claims he doesn’t know where that story came from.

Te’o is far from the first 21-year-old to lie to his parents about the people he was spending time with, but he did, in fact, lie. And he admitted to Schaap that he lied to other people about having met Lennay in person as well. Te’o called that “my biggest regret.”

Although Notre Dame said it launched an investigation when Te’o told his coaches on December 26 that he had learned of the hoax, Te’o says that other than asking for a picture of “Lennay,” Notre Dame’s investigator never interviewed him. Which means that the off-camera questions from Schaap are the most thorough questions Te’o has yet faced.

Te’o should be ready for a slew of questions from NFL teams in the weeks ahead.

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87 Responses to “Manti Te’o: I lied to my dad “to avoid all the questions””
  1. fuglyflorio says: Jan 19, 2013 2:07 PM

    Short list time … who hasn’t Manti Te’o lied to?

  2. flavordave says: Jan 19, 2013 2:07 PM

    This whole story is so bazaar. My team has a top 5 pick and I wanted this guy, but forget it now. The guy is a nubag. Now let this be a lesson to all you young kids out there. No fake dead girlfriends, and you guys stay in school.

  3. logica1voicesays says: Jan 19, 2013 2:10 PM

    RG3′s dad is so much cooler

  4. niners816 says: Jan 19, 2013 2:11 PM

    So you’d rather lie to your family instead of coming clean? Yeah I used to do that too…when I was 11. This dude is strange.

  5. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 19, 2013 2:11 PM

    Can NFL network broadcast his team interviews please?
    It will be better than the circus clown #85 in Miami.

  6. robert831 says: Jan 19, 2013 2:14 PM

    Manti and Touasiopo? are proven friends. Manti is complicit in the entire thing. This is simply damage control.

  7. thesmartest1 says: Jan 19, 2013 2:16 PM

    You don’t have to hide your…..It’s 2013, get out of that closet. You’ve gone too far…

  8. norcal031 says: Jan 19, 2013 2:16 PM

    Wow….the way Te’o tells it seems like the girl that was in on it just couldnt do it anymore. She started to fall in love with him!! This once again proves that if any of you guys have a plan, do not allow a woman to get involved because their emotions will get in the way and ruin everything……

  9. seanx40 says: Jan 19, 2013 2:19 PM

    Manti, just SHUT UP. You are only costing yourself money at this point. Shut up now, and people will mostly forget by late April.

  10. WatchThis says: Jan 19, 2013 2:19 PM

    Nah, it’s totally believable. What normal person would admit to having a totally online relationship? If anything, it shows Te’o’s normality to not want to admit to that. Getting caught up in one isn’t difficult either. Give the guy a break. A whole lotta people around here just don’t have a base level common sense about how people work.

  11. killitandeatit says: Jan 19, 2013 2:20 PM

    I think Notre Dame is in over its head,pretty clear now the university is doing major damage control. Not sure who is lying to who but now Notre Dame University is starting to sound like they were/are part of the lies.

    I just hope this latest interview is clean because there is laser focus attention on this by thousands of people. This is a modern day who done it ? There are interviews there are real live people and they will talk. As I have said to more than one individual : “you better get your story straight”.

  12. geauxjay says: Jan 19, 2013 2:20 PM

    I want to know why Notre Dame promoted a fundraiser for her two weeks after they knew she didn’t exist.

    Everybody is lying. Including ESPN.

  13. mjkelly77 says: Jan 19, 2013 2:23 PM

    niners816 says:Jan 19, 2013 2:11 PM

    So you’d rather lie to your family instead of coming clean? Yeah I used to do that too…when I was 11. This dude is strange.
    _______________

    Then he should fit right in with the 49ers Hairbough.

  14. silvernblak says: Jan 19, 2013 2:24 PM

    So what’s worse, lieing to your parents about an online fake girlfriend or telling them the truth that you have a real relationship with another man? Who the hell cares! The dude can play football at the highest level is all that should matter. This whole story is the biggest joke i have ever seen. A kid lies to his parents, wow that’s news.!!!!!!

  15. rickrock6661982 says: Jan 19, 2013 2:24 PM

    This guy is extremely shady.

  16. nopuntintended says: Jan 19, 2013 2:27 PM

    I lied to my dad. I lied to the press. I lied to my teammates and friends. But c’mon, I’m telling you guys the truth.

  17. expertop says: Jan 19, 2013 2:28 PM

    Wait – ND’s “investigation” didn’t include actually talking to Te’o?? Unbelievable. This gets better everyday.

  18. 666foles says: Jan 19, 2013 2:29 PM

    OK so which team is ready to pick this guy up. Sure the line is long………..

  19. rickrock6661982 says: Jan 19, 2013 2:33 PM

    Let’s point out that as of now, Notre Dame did nothing wrong.

    But it’s downright embarrassing that fans of that program are running around believe Te’o is now somehow vindicated.

    If anything, he became even more sketchy.

  20. pjhurley5 says: Jan 19, 2013 2:34 PM

    The biggest problem, in my mind, is that Schapp really has no incentive to find and report the truth in this situation. He was hand picked by Te’o to convey his story, so he probably implicitly made some concessions as to how difficult the questioning would be. If what he reports ends up being uncovered as false, he has a convenient excuse to fall back on “well, he could have rehearsed his story and he has a history of lying…how was I supposed to know (he came across as genuine)?”

    The issue of incentives comes up because Schapp then, based on those incentives, has no reason to submit Te’o to (a) rigorous questioning or (b) questioning in such a manner that could uncover a discrepancy in his story. As to (a), all of the questions that have been reported can have easily-rehearsed answers. As to (b), our minds work in such a way that, logically, we are conditioned to interpret stories in a time-series (i.e., this occurred, then this occurred, then this occurred). This is because we live through events in this way (obviously). As a result, we are more easily able to construct lies in this manner. What ends up happening is you can come off as believable when someone asks you to recount the events in order (which seems to be Schapp’s approach). What he SHOULD have done is ask him to go backwards through the events or go through them in some other ordering, which is much more effective at uncovering the truth. Instead, he really had zero incentive to provide an accurate report given that if it really is the truth he gets credit for being the first one in on it and if it’s false he can fall back on the “well, he has lied and I couldn’t possibly know” excuse.

    The fact that this situation is being so carefully handled makes me suspicious. If Te’o were genuinely innocent then he shouldn’t have a problem answering questions in a more uncontrolled format. The fact that Notre Dame didn’t even ask him any extensive questions, and took his character (which is the root of all of this) at face value, is laughable at best.

  21. infectorman says: Jan 19, 2013 2:36 PM

    “Te’o says that other than asking for a picture of “Lennay,” Notre Dame’s investigator never interviewed him.”

    ____

    I hope that guy is my “investigator” the next time I get into a mess like this…

  22. lessfrazier says: Jan 19, 2013 2:38 PM

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  23. profootballwalk says: Jan 19, 2013 2:39 PM

    Did this guy kill someone and I missed it? How much coverage does a guy lying about a non-existent girlfriend deserve?

  24. jccarrollccrider says: Jan 19, 2013 2:40 PM

    I understand exactly what he is saying… why is this such a big deal?
    Who hasn’t told a lie to avoid a conversation?
    Get off your high horses people…

    Nothing to see here, leave him alone. It’s bound to be embarrassing enough without everyone butting their noses in where it doesn’t belong.

  25. staph1nfection says: Jan 19, 2013 2:41 PM

    “An edited transcript”?

    Does that mean the editors removed any information that could be damaging to T’eo?

  26. jayhawk6 says: Jan 19, 2013 2:52 PM

    Maybe his signing bonus should include a blow up doll.

  27. delmonte55 says: Jan 19, 2013 2:55 PM

    Te’o doesn’t owe it to anybody to comment, especially the media, who is upset that they all reported the story without checking their facts. If he does try to go to the NFL then he owes it to them to answer their questions as prospective employers. Other than that it is his business to talk or not.

  28. souldogdave says: Jan 19, 2013 2:55 PM

    The kid is a liar. He also seems pretty stupid. Wouldn’t go near this in the draft, just sayin’.

  29. WatchThis says: Jan 19, 2013 3:01 PM

    pjhurley5, until someone proves Te’o knew the girl was fake, Te’o can handle this however he wants. What in the world do you think he owes you about this situation where he was duped??

  30. oxycode30 says: Jan 19, 2013 3:05 PM

    If he’d just come on out of the closet he’ll again be a “hero” and all this mess about his attempt to grow and maintain a “beard” will fall by the wayside. But the bottom line to me is that he’s definitely an odd duck, a weird dude, and I sure hope my team doesn’t pick him up!

  31. gadzod says: Jan 19, 2013 3:08 PM

    If he can lie that easily on something as big as this to his father, I would hate to know what he’s capable of telling lies to his future employers.

  32. Mr. Jones says: Jan 19, 2013 3:11 PM

    I hope this story does not ruin his draft stock. There have been others that have lied and turned it around in the pros. Let him have a chance to suceed before he even hits the league.

  33. mhs8031 says: Jan 19, 2013 3:16 PM

    What is he, 21, 22? Pretty young to have the entire country ripping you to pieces. It was wrong, we all know that. He has paid dearly. At some point, the press and public interest needs to move on.

  34. hrmlss says: Jan 19, 2013 3:18 PM

    He seems a bit flakey, kind of like that guy Minnesota drafted who then ran away from camp.

  35. WatchThis says: Jan 19, 2013 3:20 PM

    mhs8031, “It was wrong, we all know that. ”

    What was? Lying to dad, or getting duped by fake gf?

  36. brohamma says: Jan 19, 2013 3:21 PM

    If he slides.. a team is going to get an impact player. Say what you want about the BCS game but you cannot say that the d-line in front of him wasn’t, flat-out, handled.

    Tape doesn’t lie. Point all you want at this most recent one; but it is just one. He is a 21yr. old college student that lied.. at least he didn’t lie about being behind the wheel of a car that wiped-out a family.

    He can read offenses and line-up a team. That, my friends, is GOLD for a linebacker in the NFL because you can teach only to a point.. beyond that it is instinct and Te’o has a ton of it; just look at the tape.

  37. trollaikman8 says: Jan 19, 2013 3:21 PM

    All I know is that his rookie hazing is going to be ridiculous.

  38. hedleykow says: Jan 19, 2013 3:24 PM

    Every single divorced person in this country has been involved in a relationship that was a hoax. Look in the mirror, people, if you want a good look at a real fool.

  39. Deb says: Jan 19, 2013 3:24 PM

    Two minor but key references in ESPN’s long transcript:

    1. Te’o mentions that Coach Brian Kelly is the one who told reporters about his dead girlfriend, which led to all those interviews and all that publicity about Te’o playing through tragedy. Te’o didn’t know the story was going public.

    2. When Te’o told the coach he suspected something wrong in the girl’s story, “Coach Kelly just said she’s dead. That’s how we’re going to go about it. She’s dead.” That would explain why both Te’o and Notre Dame continued to pretend the story was true after becoming aware of the hoax.

    Te’o may well have been a dupe in all this. But Notre Dame clearly tried to exploit his personal “tragedy” to improve his Heisman chances. And when the school learned there was a problem with the story, they continued milking it in the media until Deadspin burst their bubble and they were forced to come clean.

  40. Shinnbone says: Jan 19, 2013 3:28 PM

    jccarrollccrider says: Jan 19, 2013 2:40 PM

    I understand exactly what he is saying… why is this such a big deal?
    Who hasn’t told a lie to avoid a conversation?
    Get off your high horses people…

    Nothing to see here, leave him alone. It’s bound to be embarrassing enough without everyone butting their noses in where it doesn’t belong.

    Then why are you commenting?

  41. gsomatt says: Jan 19, 2013 3:34 PM

    Please choose the most severe offense:

    1) Drink and drive
    2) Text pictures of his little Lorenzo
    3) Kill dogs
    4) Father a bunch of kids and not support them
    5) Shoot himself in the leg
    6) Stab someone
    7) Spy on another teams practice 8) Foster an injury bounty program
    9) Lie about having a girlfriend

    yea… I that’s what I thought.

  42. bag230 says: Jan 19, 2013 3:38 PM

    has anyone bothered to ask who’s voice was actually on the phone that he was talking to all the time? Or who he actually spoke to when he thought he was talking to her family?

  43. bleedgreen11 says: Jan 19, 2013 3:38 PM

    Its hilarious that the people who “don’t care” type the longest responses.

    Hes an impact football player and if this story doesnt destroy him he will see success at the nfl level.

  44. demolition510 says: Jan 19, 2013 3:39 PM

    If he can lie to his dad, he can lie to fans easily.

    4th rd.

  45. WatchThis says: Jan 19, 2013 3:43 PM

    demolition510, if you really believe lying to dad is a character flaw to hurt this kid somehow, you shouldn’t even be commenting on an NFL football story. You should be watching PBS Sprout cartoons and get a nap.

  46. jrc007 says: Jan 19, 2013 3:45 PM

    This is clearly going to cost him dearly, no team is going to waste a high pick on a 22 year old who lied to his dad about a girl. Such behavior is unprecedented in a professional athlete and has no place in the NFL.

  47. WatchThis says: Jan 19, 2013 3:46 PM

    I hope most of you guys without common sense here are really chatting with an FBI agent in the middle of the night. That would be a good lesson for you.

  48. 1rockyracoon says: Jan 19, 2013 3:48 PM

    An important lesson for those in the public eye is when you are caught lying you need to come out and tell the complete truth and more than likely you will be forgiven. It doesn’t seem like he is being 100% honest. Lets add up the facts: he has a long distant relationship with a girl he never meets for several years, he is a Mormon, he attends a catholic college, and he plays football. It seems like he is trying to hide his true feelings. Maybe he is gay and is afraid to be honest. Hopefully, no matter what the truth is, he will be able to be honest with himself.

  49. thebadguyswon says: Jan 19, 2013 3:59 PM

    What a flake.

  50. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 19, 2013 4:00 PM

    Te’o is the textbook example of a sociopath. NFL teams beware.

  51. jayquintana says: Jan 19, 2013 4:00 PM

    Anybody thinking this will hurt Te’o’s draft status is a total and complete numah. What may hurt him is how he does in the combine.

    Guys get arrested for felonies and it doesn’t affect their NFL careers. See Ray Lewis. And I’m sure many others.

  52. jayquintana says: Jan 19, 2013 4:03 PM

    He lied to his parents? Tar and feather the guy! I mean, in the history of child and parent relationships, this has NEVER happened!

    When kids party when they should be studying, they always tell the parents the truth.

  53. halfdoctor84 says: Jan 19, 2013 4:06 PM

    first of all… we (myself) all have too much time… second… of course he would be embarassed to come out n say he had an online gf…. he told pepl of her and got caught up in the lie… not the worst i have done, nor most of us…. give him a break 21/22 yrs old…. he got caught up in trying to save face and adding to his lies… it doesnt make him a terrible person in my opinion…. but wow …. pepl kno wayy too much bout this guy… thats prbly more bizzare than this whole scenario…. think bout how odd it is that we are spending our time reading n adding to this nonstory… guarantee u that most intelligent pepl would consider this a waste of time… peace

  54. jayquintana says: Jan 19, 2013 4:06 PM

    At minimum, he’ll be taken with the first pick of the second round. No way fellow Mormon Andy Reid will pass on him.

  55. raidernation210 says: Jan 19, 2013 4:09 PM

    “Te’o should be ready for a slew of questions from NFL teams in the weeks ahead”.
    __________________________________

    Yeah because the NFL won’t draft anybody with chracter issues, or failed drug test or anybody who has been arressted for fighting, under age drinking and giving a fake ID like the Heisman winner Johnny Footbal was right?

    Please stop it, who really cares

  56. macjacmccoy says: Jan 19, 2013 4:10 PM

    If he lied about setting up a meeting with here then that means he knew she wasnt real the day he told his dad that lie. That was months before he supposedly found out she was fake.

    Otherwise it wouldnt be him setting up the fake meetings it would be the hoaxer.

  57. killitandeatit says: Jan 19, 2013 4:22 PM

    For everyone who is trying to minimize this keep in mind he was the Heisman runner up. Notre Dame and Te’o can thank their lucky shamrock he didn’t win. The story is epically large because the media exposure provides the largest stage. That stage and celebrity status is a two edged sword.

  58. Deb says: Jan 19, 2013 4:25 PM

    The most interesting comments in the interview transcript:

    1. Te’o mentions that Coach Brian Kelly is the one who told reporters about his dead girlfriend and made the “tragic” story public.

    2. When Te’o told the coach he suspected something wrong in the girl’s story, “Coach Kelly just said she’s dead. That’s how we’re going to go about it. She’s dead.”

    Seems Notre Dame was far more invested in selling Te’o’s personal tragedy to boost his Heisman chances than he was. And Notre Dame was determined to perpetuate the myth once the story started to unravel.

  59. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 19, 2013 4:28 PM

    Hey Manti just be a man and admit you were part of the scam. He continues to keep adding fuel to the fire by twisiting new stories to cover lies he’s told in past that people can fact check. best thing he can do is say “hey my dumb buddy came up with this story to get me attention, I got caught up in the lie and didn’t want to cause a distraction during the season, I am very sorry for letting so many people down.” I just hope over time I can earn everyones trust”. Until he says something along those lines, he is going to be dragged over the coals by media, fans, etc. We’ll see wht this kid is really made of, right now I think teams won’t want anything to do with him simply because of the distraction he will cause whomever takes him. Of course a team like Cinnci, Detroit Etc. will pull the trigger in 2nd or thir round, because integrity, and character are not high on their player priority lists. Good luck Manti Hope you figure this out, and learn from your mistakes.

  60. PriorKnowledge says: Jan 19, 2013 4:29 PM

    When are law enforcement people going to investigate all the money he raised and where that money went?

  61. harbourimages says: Jan 19, 2013 4:33 PM

    Doesn’t “Manti” mean “Lance” in Hawaiian???

  62. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 19, 2013 4:43 PM

    I haven’t heard lies like this since Anquan Boldin said Flacco was the most talented QB he’d ever play with.

  63. iminyrhead says: Jan 19, 2013 4:48 PM

    In other news, Crimson Tide RB’s are claiming to have been “catfished” …. Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel is on record saying “I am 80% sure I met him at the Heisman cerimony”

  64. mungman69 says: Jan 19, 2013 4:50 PM

    Oh my God. This is getting crazy. Let’s pull the bus over, get out and take a brake.

  65. crusty14 says: Jan 19, 2013 4:55 PM

    Now that is funny ampats

  66. Deb says: Jan 19, 2013 4:56 PM

    In the transcript, Te’o notes that Coach Brian Kelly is the one who initially told reporters about his dead girlfriend, and when he reported the possible hoax to Kelly, the coach told him “she’s dead. That’s how we’re going to go about it. She’s dead.” Seems Kelly was even more invested in selling the fake dead girlfriend story than Te’o was.

  67. mojosmagic says: Jan 19, 2013 5:16 PM

    Things Manti Te’o believes in;
    Unicorns,
    Puff the Magic Dragon,
    Gremlins,
    Blue Smurfs,
    Big Bird,
    The Fairy God Mother,
    Dr. Pepper,
    All Hungry people live in Hungary,
    Dying Girlfriends that I never met

  68. thenmoveback says: Jan 19, 2013 5:33 PM

    Even if he is telling the truth about being hoaxed, the kid has to be (1)a complete idiot. He Never meets her face to face, she doesn’t show to their date, Skype won’t connect for visuals, right there he has to know something is up. Even after he was told she never existed he continues to discuss her in interviews (2) he is a liar. He lied to his dad, the media, his teammates and the public. So why is he gonna tell a handpicked espn reporter the truth. (3) he is not a good person. If a friend (no less a girlfriend that I love) is in a coma I’m gonna visit her, if she is dying of cancer I’m going to visit her, if she passes away I’m GOING to the funeral, and he is supposed to be someone religious? Then he only allows un-filmed questions approved by his attorney who then allows only an edited version to come out, just to weird all together. And what sick twisted women is talking to this guy for hours on end everyday Pretending to fall in love with him as a joke, that bit€h needs to be locked in a mental institute. I think if he can show his phone records that he talked to her for hours everyday and have someone check his computer for texts and emails and it all come back positive he will be ok thou, that’s if those calls were ever really made.

  69. bmore44 says: Jan 19, 2013 5:51 PM

    But his boyfriend Larry is a real person

  70. ken49ers says: Jan 19, 2013 6:02 PM

    You people are more outraged at him than at Penn State. Did he do something illegal???

  71. jeremycrowhurst says: Jan 19, 2013 6:22 PM

    He was raised Mormon. He’s never had a girlfriend. When he wasn’t playing football, he was studying (3.5 GPA) or in church.

    There isn’t one single aspect of this case that he was equipped to handle. Let’s cut him some slack.

  72. thetwilightsown says: Jan 19, 2013 6:32 PM

    He didn’t just “lie about a girlfriend” you simpletons.
    He lied about a girlfriend with cancer so he could manipulate the media into making him a triumphant HEISMAN candidate and it blew up in his face because this isn’t 1986.
    People are upset because when a guy lies about losing someone to cancer to get folks behind him, those people who’ve actually lost someone to such a disease feel used and manipulated. It’s really not that hard to understand… Notre Dame fans.

  73. frankyvito says: Jan 19, 2013 7:21 PM

    Also, those Hawaiian/Samoan/Polynesian ppl are a very “don’t disrespect/embarrass the family ” “honor thy father & mother ” type. I can see why a 21/22 yr old could do this.

  74. dolphins4 says: Jan 19, 2013 7:31 PM

    Teo Teo I’m so sick of hearing about Manti Teo.

  75. bleedeaglegreen says: Jan 19, 2013 7:47 PM

    benroethlisberger7 says:
    Jan 19, 2013 4:00 PM
    Te’o is the textbook example of a sociopath. NFL teams beware
    ===============================

    Beg to disagree. If Michael Vick isn’t textbook example of a sociopath, no one is.

  76. raidernation210 says: Jan 19, 2013 7:48 PM

    killitandeatit says:Jan 19, 2013 4:22 PM

    For everyone who is trying to minimize this keep in mind he was the Heisman runner up. Notre Dame and Te’o can thank their lucky shamrock he didn’t win. The story is epically large because the media exposure provides the largest stage. That stage and celebrity status is a two edged sword.

    __________________________________

    No the kid who one was arressted for assualt in a bar fight, under age drinking and using a fake ID. so seriously have a clue what you are talking about

  77. pirate472 says: Jan 19, 2013 8:31 PM

    Two and half years of an online/phone relationship. I hope he had stock in Kleenex!

  78. tigerlilac says: Jan 19, 2013 9:52 PM

    The most over hyped story in years.

    Schaap treated his interview like it was a deposition of a hostile witness.

    Politicians lie us into war. No problem.

    Bankers fudge underwriting and package bogus loans in AAA-rated securities. No problem.

    Sports media fall for bogus story about college football player’s personal life. It’s treated as a national crisis.

  79. boltfaninfalconcountry says: Jan 19, 2013 10:21 PM

    I wish all of my exes were imaginary too, but I wish I had all the money back I spent on them.

  80. h2ftw says: Jan 19, 2013 10:36 PM

    If I had to make an educated guess, I’d say that Manti Te’o gets drafted by the Bengals — maybe in the 3rd or 4th round.

    LB-Rey Malualuga doesn’t think that Cincy will re-sign him.

    They take chances on questionable character dudes.

    They drafted Vontaze Burflict in last year’s draft, and VB had a decent rookie season — and pretty much kept his nose clean.

  81. dlmcc1010 says: Jan 19, 2013 11:53 PM

    I dont buy this story for a second. Youre going to tell me a star ftooball player cant find a girl on campus? Theres got to be like 10,000 girls at that school.

    Also, in todays days of technology theres no way you he didnt physically see this girl. Skype, facetime on iphone are all out there. I dont buy it. I think hes gay and just doesnt want to say it. Not sure why who really cares these days anyway. Theres no way this guy is this dumb

  82. pjhurley5 says: Jan 20, 2013 12:33 AM

    To clarify…I never said Te’o owes me (or anybody else, really) anything. I merely stated that I didn’t think Schapp seemed intent on uncovering the truth, due to his incentives for reporting the story how he did. Further, Te’o should be the one interested in how this goes down because if he’s truly innocent then he should be doing anything he can to show his future employers (teams, sponsors, etc.) that he’s innocent. In my opinion, this carefully controlled interview was not the best way of doing that. Nothing less, nothing more…

  83. bigdawgdaddy says: Jan 20, 2013 8:57 AM

    42-14
    ROLL TIDE
    the SEC … REAL football & REAL girlfriends

  84. bigdawgdaddy says: Jan 20, 2013 8:58 AM

    Drew Brees demands a explanation

  85. nflrule says: Jan 20, 2013 10:33 AM

    Sounds like a Raiders,Bengals or Lions draft choice to me!

  86. tluke25 says: Jan 20, 2013 11:22 AM

    Drew Brees needs an explanation.

  87. dopemoney says: Jan 23, 2013 2:20 PM

    It is not a big enough deal to matter. Who hasnt told a lie? Let alone a very ridiculous and small lie. You will see him Sundays. Go Irish.

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