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.

63 responses to “Several Redskins attempted to meet a fake woman they met online

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

  2. 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. 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?!?!?!

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. “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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. “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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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?

  19. 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.”

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

  22. 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..

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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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