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Several Redskins attempted to meet a fake woman they met online

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Manti Te’o isn’t the only football player who’s been fooled online by someone posing as a woman who wants to develop a relationship.

At least four players on the Redskins were duped during the 2012 season by a person posing as a woman who was sending them messages online and hoping to meet them in person, Jeff Darlington of NFL.com reports. Players attempted to meet her in person but nothing ever came of those meetings.

To be clear, this is a far cry from Te’o situation: Te’o spent months telling people a nonexistent person was his girlfriend, then spent more months telling people he was grieving the death of a nonexistent person, and continued that latter story even after he found out the girlfriend didn’t exist. In the case of these Redskins players, it was simply a matter of exchanging online messages with a person they thought was a woman they might be able to meet in person, then never being able to track her down. There is no indication that any of the players lied or did anything improper, or that the person posing as the woman who wanted to meet them attempted to get money or anything else from them.

But the Redskins were concerned enough about the situation that Phillip Daniels, the former NFL defensive end who is now the team’s director of player development, posted a sign in the locker room identifying the woman by her Twitter and Instagram screen names and informing all players to stay away from the woman.

“Once we found out the person wasn’t real, we went from there,” Daniels told NFL.com.

Daniels said young men can be easy targets if they start getting messages through social media that come from an account linked to the picture of an attractive woman — even though they should realize that just because there’s an attractive woman’s picture associated with the account, that doesn’t mean this woman is a real person who really wants to meet them.

“If you think about it, a lot of them are single guys, and they see somebody who looks good in a picture or something,” Daniels said. “In many cases, it involves someone who is a fan of the team, so they’ll start talking about the team. You have to recognize that something just isn’t right. But you’re talking about a lot of guys who are single. I don’t fault the guys. I fault the people who are doing this crazy stuff, causing these problems.”

Fortunately for the Redskins, none of their players are as gullible as Manti Te’o.

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63 Responses to “Several Redskins attempted to meet a fake woman they met online”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Jan 23, 2013 12:28 PM

    That figures. The Redskins are not one of the brightest bunches in the NFL. Look how they destroyed RG3.

  2. JackAcid says: Jan 23, 2013 12:29 PM

    This is a lot more common than people think. I know of two friends who had online relationships with women they never met. One lasted 5 years.

    It’s strange and hard to relate to, but certainly not unheard of.

  3. bucrightoff says: Jan 23, 2013 12:30 PM

    These guys, NFL athlethes, can’t go out and find some real tail? They gotta use the internet? Isn’t that the real sad part of all of this?

  4. unstaybill says: Jan 23, 2013 12:30 PM

    Here’s their chance to become politically correct. Lady’s and gentlemen… here’s your Washington Catfish!

  5. isphet71 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:31 PM

    Jeez guys, everyone else learned back in the 1990s that the chicks you meet online aren’t real. Get with the times.

  6. tjacks7 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:32 PM

    Geez you’re an NFL player, you can’t pick up a woman a more conventional way?

  7. whatnojets says: Jan 23, 2013 12:32 PM

    You can’t make this stuff up if you tried!

    Let’s see- NFL players getting arrested for various reasons

    Coaches accused of sabotaging games

    NFL players trying to meet nonexistant females

    NFL player(s) having wild parties with multiple females in their hotel rooms

    NFL player(s) trying to board an aircraft with a hand gun

    What the hell is going on?!?!?!

  8. warhammer420 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:33 PM

    I don’t understand how adults can be so naive. And do NFL players really have a hard time meeting women in real life that they have to resort to the internet?

  9. manilarizzo says: Jan 23, 2013 12:33 PM

    These four player must all play in our secondary. Explains a lot.

  10. upperdecker19 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:34 PM

    The NFL needs to hire Dateline’s Chris Hanson as internet security advisor ASAP

  11. jwilliamsspf says: Jan 23, 2013 12:35 PM

    Call Te’o gullible or naive. But to assume that this sort of thing is uncommon is true naivety. It’s messed up when a victim is treated like the perp. The guilty are the swarms of sports reporters/announcers that continuously “can’t believe” he would be in this situation. The fools are they for not opening their eyes and seeing the society we live in now.

  12. crj202 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:36 PM

    Not enough chicks in the club??

  13. rpiotr01 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:36 PM

    Note to all Americans: Stop meeting people online.

  14. deathmonkey41 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:37 PM

    Wait just a damn minute- you’re saying that not everyone is who they claim to be online??? I feel so betrayed…

  15. 3fingerlenny says: Jan 23, 2013 12:38 PM

    Heard it was Dexter Manley

  16. thejohnsmith1122 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:38 PM

    If your stupid enough to fall for it then it’s well deserved. Those players just want to get into her pants.

  17. h3min1230 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:38 PM

    What pathetic losers.

  18. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jan 23, 2013 12:39 PM

    i’m just glad nobody died.

  19. csndrew says: Jan 23, 2013 12:41 PM

    Report: Several Hoggettes attempted to meet a fake pig they met online

  20. attyken says: Jan 23, 2013 12:41 PM

    That seals his fate…Redskins trade a few more years of pics to trade up and take Te’O. He will fit right in.

  21. bigbluecrew420 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:42 PM

    It was probably the Mara family or It was a conspiracy set up by the NFL to distract them. CONSPIRACY!!!!!

    Signed

    logica1voicesays

  22. zoellner25 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:43 PM

    this is the demise of our society due to facebook, twitter, etc. People, let’s go back to meeting people face to face and having actual real conversations.

  23. mrplow3 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:44 PM

    “Fortunately for the Redskins, none of their players are as gullible as Manti Te’o.”

    He’s not gullible he’s a liar. How at this point can anyone actually believe Teo thought this was true?

  24. 808raiderinparadise says: Jan 23, 2013 12:47 PM

    Funny thing is, many of the people who knock those who fall for it are following girls on instagram and twitter who are just stolen pictures of other people, but they get enticed because they are hot or whaetever.

    Its everywhere.

    Te’o was a bad one, but nonetheless he was an easy victim being a guy built around faith and being too trustworthy, he got burned on the national stage.

    blah.

  25. mojosmagic says: Jan 23, 2013 12:49 PM

    What’s the big deal? I have a fake women in bed with me every night.

  26. buddysguys says: Jan 23, 2013 12:50 PM

    everything on the inter web is real!! what do you mean??

  27. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:51 PM

    dont meet woman online!! meet woman in the real world face to face!!

  28. coltsluckdynasty says: Jan 23, 2013 12:52 PM

    Bonjour ladies, I’m a French model…..

  29. Stiller43 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:57 PM

    Yeah at least they tried to meet them!’ Not date them for THREE years without seeing them once!!

    Love of his life…didnt even go to see her when she was in a car accident, diagnosed with cancer, or died, because it “didnt cross his mind.”

    Completely different situations

  30. justautumnwindbaby says: Jan 23, 2013 12:59 PM

    All of the mockery of people meeting others online, all the “can’t they meet people without “resorting” to the internet, allt calling guys who get fooled “idiots”…….
    Maybe that’s why teo and n.d. tried to keep it hush-hush.
    Just sayin…

  31. r8derfan33 says: Jan 23, 2013 1:00 PM

    Why do players need the web to meet women? I thought women were already attracted to money?

  32. noring4youstill says: Jan 23, 2013 1:01 PM

    And we wonder why these players are broke soon after and even while they are still playing.

  33. walterwhite1976 says: Jan 23, 2013 1:02 PM

    Who needs to imagine that its a stretch that an NFL player would have a party in a hotel room with multiple women? Gee, why would any red blooded male be tempted to do that! Of course, it’s probably not a great thing to do because the media will find out anything.

  34. bathmat42 says: Jan 23, 2013 1:07 PM

    Missed the obvious connection that Phillip Daniels’ son DaVaris is a starting WR for Notre Dame.

  35. arrowmint says: Jan 23, 2013 1:13 PM

    How is Te’o “gullible” — he claimed to have eight hour phone conversations with nobody.

    He’s a liar, covering something up. Quit supporting his lies — you don’t know if he was gullible or not, so you can’t just say he is.

    You should have followed up his wild claims, you and every other failure of a media outlet.

  36. joetoronto says: Jan 23, 2013 1:24 PM

    Yet they all managed to graduate from college.

    Interesting. SMH.

  37. rcampore says: Jan 23, 2013 1:24 PM

    I met my husband online through a dating website 8 years ago. We met in person after a month of talking and it only took that long because I had gone on a 2 week vacation. If someone doesn’t want to meet you in person, it’s a bigger red flag than the one they throw on the football field!

  38. rtant2013 says: Jan 23, 2013 1:25 PM

    What I got from this story is obviously they are all smarter then the academic all american Te’o. They obviously didn’t fall for it, considering they warned the entire team of the fake person. But this and the Te’o situation are completely different, the Redskins players realized it was bull and didn’t let it escalate, Te’o lied and covered everything up (or had everything to do with it). But I would bet that this happens to a couple of players from every team. Probably just a crazed fan trying to get close to the team. They weren’t gullible or naive, they clearly didn’t fall for it.

  39. WatchThis says: Jan 23, 2013 1:26 PM

    “Te’o spent months telling people a nonexistent person was his girlfriend…”

    “[others] with a person they thought was a woman they might be able to meet in person”.

    In other words, in both cases, someone each thought was a real woman for some period of time.

    You make a nonsensical distinction.

  40. WatchThis says: Jan 23, 2013 1:29 PM

    Not to mention, Te’o was under more durress afterward due to the greater embarrassment of having been duped for a longer period of time.

  41. toegoat says: Jan 23, 2013 1:30 PM

    Romanowski is flabbergasted.

  42. pj1983a says: Jan 23, 2013 1:32 PM

    Rule 28…

    and 29…

    and 30.

  43. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 23, 2013 1:35 PM

    It may have been Daniel Snyder punking his players.

  44. asublimeday says: Jan 23, 2013 1:43 PM

    Please stop with this story.

  45. negativten says: Jan 23, 2013 1:46 PM

    Maybe they could call Michael Crabtree.He could probably hook em up

  46. hankhillspropanetank says: Jan 23, 2013 1:48 PM

    New theory. Manti created this hoax to gain publicity for his edge up, all of his photos are side shots depicting his perfect hair edges.

    We get it Manti you have a good barber, now please go away

  47. blu4l1fe says: Jan 23, 2013 1:49 PM

    bigbluecrew420 says:

    Jan 23, 2013 12:42 PM
    It was probably the Mara family or It was a conspiracy set up by the NFL to distract them. CONSPIRACY!!!!!

    Signed

    logica1voicesays

    ————————————————-

    I totally agree! This seems to be, 100%, one of those Mara family ploy. Did they mention if the girl stated that she was from New Jersey?

  48. chasewalshsl says: Jan 23, 2013 1:49 PM

    what happened to the good ol’ days of gold diggers hanging out at team hotel bars?

  49. screenpass says: Jan 23, 2013 1:59 PM

    I love how innocent this article tries to make it sound.

    I’m sure these Redskins players were looking to meet up with this woman just to “talk about the team.”

  50. justintuckrule says: Jan 23, 2013 2:13 PM

    Blessing in disguise for these players that the girl was fake.

  51. eyeh8goodell says: Jan 23, 2013 2:27 PM

    Uh……….TONS of people try and meet people that they came across online. Ever heard of dating websites? The difference in this case is that the Skins players didn’t try to use a fake story about a fake person’s death to pump up their image and Heisman candidacy, and then lie about it for the cameras after finding out it was all a hoax.

    Kinda of a big difference there.

  52. andyreidisthegoat says: Jan 23, 2013 2:45 PM

    Here is an idea. Date real people and not their avatars and you’ll be OK.

  53. schmitty2 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:52 PM

    The motto these players need to adopt is “You dont have to email to get the Tail”

  54. howiehandles says: Jan 23, 2013 3:04 PM

    I would think that if you’re a professional football player, all you need to do is show up and state that fact, and you’re bound to get laid every night.

    Why would they believe anything online, or through social media?

  55. geniusesq says: Jan 23, 2013 3:42 PM

    Plenty of people have fake relationships with people on the Internet. It’s called Facebook.

  56. 49ersforlife says: Jan 23, 2013 4:04 PM

    Again, what crime did TE’O committed? He Lied???
    OMG. In a world full of truth speakers we found a black sheep who lied…..
    Every one of you sports casters and writers are an ultimate liers and unfortunately you are all getting paid to tell the lie.

    Go get a life and leave TE’O alone..

  57. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:00 PM

    i bet one of the redskins was cornball IR-knee3

  58. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:01 PM

    lookin for love in all the wrong places, lookin for love in too many places

  59. budster981 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:17 PM

    pic taken

  60. omniscient48 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:43 PM

    The funniest part is where the Redskins warn the players to “stay away from” a non-existent person.

  61. contraisloosebuthole says: Jan 23, 2013 6:18 PM

    What in the hell is going on? Do you people realize that online dating is for the rejects of the dating world? You will not meet anyone worth while online with a few flukes here and there being the exception that is fact.

  62. 85pmart says: Jan 25, 2013 9:02 AM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation.

  63. budster981 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:00 PM

    And that is all there is to this story?
    We want names of players, what the response of the Redskin players, etc.

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