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Te’o shows up at Maxim party honoring fake girlfriend

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If Manti Te’o wanted to make sure he heard fake dead girlfriend jokes forever, he’d duck his head and mutter “no comment,” or “that’s in the past.”

Embracing the joke takes the sting out of the needle, and will be what makes it go away.

Te’o appeared to be a good sport about the whole thing when Maxim named Lennay Kekua No. 69 (seriously, are they 13?) on their annual list of the world’s hottest women (never mind, they make an annual list of the world’s hottest women).

The Chargers linebacker even showed up at the magazine’s promotional party, according to the blog Busted Coverage.

There he was photographed with the kind of pretty people I suppose you get photographed with at a Hollywood party. One of them, pro volleyball player Jess Gysin, is apparently the girlfriend of Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

Of course, Clausen hasn’t thrown an NFL pass since 2010, or even been active for a game since the Panthers drafted Cam Newton.

So maybe the question should be, do we believe Gysin when she says she’s dating an NFL quarterback?

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68 Responses to “Te’o shows up at Maxim party honoring fake girlfriend”
  1. socialmediaisforgirls says: May 18, 2013 5:38 AM

    I don’t think its the number of starts Clausen has that Gysin is interested in, it’s the number of 0′s in the dudes bank account. But its good to see Te’o being a good sport. Maybe people will ease up off the guy.

  2. papertiger418 says: May 18, 2013 5:45 AM

    I wonder what the over/under is for the number of inflatable Lennay Kekua dolls displayed at Chargers games this coming season…

  3. tatum064 says: May 18, 2013 5:50 AM

    “Best fake girlfriend party EVER!”
    -Paris Hilton

  4. danfromdc says: May 18, 2013 6:02 AM

    The only people being duped are the people believing this guy’s bs. He lied about having a girlfriend die of leukemia to enhance his pr. It’s obvious to anyone with an IQ over 80.

  5. mazblast says: May 18, 2013 6:17 AM

    Sounds like he’s preparing himself for his life without football. Align yourself with the pretty people, make connections, and later get lots of publicity by claiming your lack of success is because your employer (or multiple employers; high draft picks from name schools like ND get tons of chances, unless they’re as bad as JaMarcus) is “discriminating against me for a youthful indiscretion”, “blaming the ‘victim’”, or some such.

    Or maybe he’s just the kind of person who likes to be with the pretty people.

    As for making the jokes go away, that’s best done not by hanging around with minor glitterati but by kicking some butts on the football field; you know, the way Alabama’s offensive line and running backs left tread marks on his chest a few months ago.

  6. souldogdave says: May 18, 2013 6:24 AM

    Stupid kid.

  7. larrydavid7000 says: May 18, 2013 6:27 AM

    is this guy as stupid as he looks????!!!

  8. n0hopeleft says: May 18, 2013 6:29 AM

    He shouldve shown up with a blowup doll.

  9. heyguru1969 says: May 18, 2013 6:37 AM

    Wow. Hanging out with Jess Gysin is likely to put Jimmy Clausen in a pickle.

  10. bigmarsh57 says: May 18, 2013 6:38 AM

    Good for him.

  11. mimitaroo says: May 18, 2013 7:05 AM

    Maybe he is trying to “trade up”

  12. corchamp says: May 18, 2013 7:10 AM

    he was hoping to see her there

  13. howiefeltersnatch says: May 18, 2013 7:13 AM

    I kinda think Clausen is a doosh but I see no reason to rip him like that. Job in the NFL, smoking hot girlfriend who appears like she actually might like they guy, and invited to parties Maxim throws in Hollywood. Sounds like a winner to me.

  14. howiefeltersnatch says: May 18, 2013 7:15 AM

    Or sorry, it looks like only she was invited. But still…

  15. contract says: May 18, 2013 7:18 AM

    This might be funny if he hadn’t been part of the con.

  16. whatjusthapped says: May 18, 2013 7:24 AM

    I would be shocked if Clausen is on any NFL roster come September. He’s a pretender and not even a good one at that.

    Since Maxim’s a magazine, I would assume they would publish photographs of the top 100 so I am looking forward to seeing Lennay Kekua for the first time, as does Te’o.

  17. noring4youstill says: May 18, 2013 7:35 AM

    13? No. Good sense of humor? Yes.

  18. conormacleod says: May 18, 2013 7:35 AM

    I’d like to make fun. But I was at home alone. Not surrounded by hot chicks.

  19. kerryc21realty says: May 18, 2013 7:37 AM

    I can’t put my finger on it but there is something a little storage about this guy. He seems really soft and this whole fake girlfriend thing is really out there

  20. cuda1234 says: May 18, 2013 7:39 AM

    At first glance I thought this was about Tebow’s fake girlfriend. I can only imagine how many clicks that would get.

  21. steelerdynasty2010 says: May 18, 2013 7:42 AM

    Clauson still gets an NFL check? He plays as much as I do!

  22. JMClarkent says: May 18, 2013 7:43 AM

    In Te’o defense, he only attended due to hopes that she would give back the imaginary stuff that he pretended to leave at her place.

  23. larryboodry says: May 18, 2013 7:52 AM

    Good for him…I have had my doubts about wheter Te’o would be mentally tough enough to handle the fallout, but that took guts…Maybe he will emerge from the hoax okay after all.

  24. thesteelers says: May 18, 2013 7:52 AM

    Remember when you tried to win the Heisman off of this sham?

  25. dexterismyhero says: May 18, 2013 7:56 AM

    Great bust on Jimmy Clausen.

  26. 11thstreetmafia says: May 18, 2013 7:56 AM

    Is this about Te’o or Claussen?

  27. imasturbate says: May 18, 2013 7:57 AM

    Lol…..69

    Yes, I act like I’m 13

  28. ratbastardshanahandjob says: May 18, 2013 8:04 AM

    For his encore Te’o will be showing up at Charger camp as a fake football player……

  29. metalhead65 says: May 18, 2013 8:12 AM

    get a sense of humor Darin! the guy loses any sympathy for keeping up with the ruse once he found out the story wasn’t true. it was not about being embarrassed, it was about losing the sympathy votes in his bid for the Heisman. thankfully the voters got it right anyway. he deserves any and all the jokes at his expense for that and for being a another overrated product of the dame hype machine.

  30. @Cereal_22 says: May 18, 2013 8:18 AM

    I hear Gronk took Te’o’s ex to Vegas

  31. billsfan1 says: May 18, 2013 8:28 AM

    awesome.. this guy is a celebrity cause he is either sick in the head or the biggest RA-TARD in the history of planet Earth..

  32. FANof28 says: May 18, 2013 8:33 AM

    Ha! That’s great! Better to embrace the situation and move forward, then avoid it and let it get to you….The dig at Clausen at the end is good stuff too!

  33. pilot2011 says: May 18, 2013 8:36 AM

    lol there hasn’t been a good ole jimmy jam bash in a while. I guess it was a little overdue. Well done DG.

  34. cardsfann1 says: May 18, 2013 8:37 AM

    Wow… I didn’t know Clausen was still in the league…

  35. lgbarn says: May 18, 2013 8:42 AM

    Good for him, man up and own up. Besides, there has to be some hot “real” girls at a Maxim party right?

  36. commonsensedude says: May 18, 2013 8:48 AM

    Well, kudos to Te’o for being smart enough to play along and make fun of himself. His life will be much better the more he shows he can laugh at himself.

  37. Paul says: May 18, 2013 8:49 AM

    It’s never the wrong time for a well-placed Jimmy Clausen burn.

  38. classyjacklambert says: May 18, 2013 8:53 AM

    Maxim still exists? Don’t know why but I forgot about it after I turned 21.

  39. govtminion says: May 18, 2013 8:58 AM

    “If Manti Te’o wanted to make sure he heard fake dead girlfriend jokes forever, he’d duck his head and mutter “no comment,” or “that’s in the past.”

    Embracing the joke takes the sting out of the needle, and will be what makes it go away.”

    And if he just wants to get his face in front of cameras and be famous as long as he can before he gets exposed as the questionable football player that he is and has an early end to his career… I guess this is the way to do that too.

  40. warhawk137 says: May 18, 2013 8:59 AM

    Good on him for being a good sport.

  41. huhsj says: May 18, 2013 9:06 AM

    Maxim is generally aimed at 13 year olds and college bros but People magazine names the most beautiful person so Maxims Hot 100 isn’t that far off a “respectable” publication.

  42. greglloydrules says: May 18, 2013 9:10 AM

    That list IS a joke. They have Kesha on there, one of the ugliest people I’ve ever seen. And Miley Cirus at #1? I would take 98 of them before her.

  43. ocdn says: May 18, 2013 9:12 AM

    Using a fake dead girlfriend for attention and publicity. What an up standing guy.

  44. EJ says: May 18, 2013 9:16 AM

    That was one of the better stories I’ve read lately. Good job Gantt!

  45. stevenwilliams2013 says: May 18, 2013 9:19 AM

    Te’o is a good sport, and he is going to have a great NFL career. He is a classly guy.

  46. elliottcovert says: May 18, 2013 9:26 AM

    “So maybe the question should be, do we believe Gysin when she says she’s dating an NFL quarterback?”

    ______________________

    ZING!

  47. vikesandravens78 says: May 18, 2013 9:28 AM

    Genius move. Show up to a party honoring the 100 (99 sans the fake girlfriend) hottest women according to Maxim. He gets to play off the joke and interact with some of the women most men could only fantasize about. Well played, Manti.

  48. truths4all says: May 18, 2013 9:59 AM

    Come on, Maxim. You guys dropped the ball BIG TIME by not making sure the pretty girl whose picture was used for the fake girlfriend was going to show.

    Imagine how much traction and mileage Maxim would have gotten if they had used this occasion to arrange for Te’o and the beautiful actual young woman to publicly meet for the first time.

  49. ningenito78 says: May 18, 2013 10:09 AM

    BOOM!

  50. nfloracle says: May 18, 2013 10:19 AM

    Clausen got the same bum’s rush that Matt Moore got during Fox’s disastrous season and has never had a real chance with quality players around him to show what he can do. If that wasn’t the case, the Panthers wouldn’t have kept him all these years.

    I’m all for ripping players like the entitled ME Me ME Cam Newton who has proved so far that he can’t lead a team to winning season, but I’m not for ripping players with super hot girl friends who haven’t had a similar chance to stand or fall where it counts — on the field with a supporting cast and coaches.

  51. xpensivewinos says: May 18, 2013 10:40 AM

    It might help him to get people to move on from this if he actually showed up someplace……any place, ever with a real girl.

    That will start a new round of hologram jokes, but nevertheless he may want to prove that he interacts with actual human beings.

  52. eatitfanboy says: May 18, 2013 10:42 AM

    He only showed up because she had texted him that she would be there.

  53. addict2sport says: May 18, 2013 10:48 AM

    I am by no means a Clausen fan. I thought the kid was overrated since watching him play in high school. That said, props where props are due. Gysin is hot and grim what I’ve heard a good character within the AVP Tour. That’s a great get for Jimmy. This kid’s life is 110% better than the bitter folks slamming him on this site.

  54. masonicmuseum says: May 18, 2013 11:37 AM

    He is without a doubt stupid. Did he get grades for any of the classes he took in college? He is best forgotten.

  55. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 18, 2013 11:39 AM

    He just continues to make one bone head decision after another. I’m amazed an NFL team drafted him. Not worth the baggage.

  56. tralfaz1127 says: May 18, 2013 12:13 PM

    Te’o had to be there so they would have 100 real girls there.

  57. raiderlyfe510 says: May 18, 2013 12:34 PM

    Mantis needs to be in the weight room getting his bench press on so he can absorb those hits when D McFadden plants his shoulder in his chest. It’s real on the AFC West field.

  58. japmen says: May 18, 2013 12:44 PM

    It’s a natural progression. Moving on from one fake woman to a bunch of other fake options. At least the sex will be real this time.

  59. prosb4hos says: May 18, 2013 12:54 PM

    Which is worse, Lennay Kekua at #69 or Miley Cyrus at #1. The defense rests your honor.

  60. rgarritt says: May 18, 2013 12:56 PM

    I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the University of Notre Dame and athletic director Jim Swarbrick for manufacturing a cocamimi story about Te’o being “catfished” by Tuiasosopo. The University is now synonymous with Tuiasosopo. You’ve done the Catholic church proud.

  61. northstarnic says: May 18, 2013 1:04 PM

    Totally agree with the writer here. If He continues to let it bother him or appear that it bothers him, people will continue to attack him with it. If he Embraces it, And laughs with the people that are laughing at him, then it takes away their power. He’s going to be good. in a few years we will barely remember all this drama While he anchors San Diego’s defense.

  62. delhommed says: May 18, 2013 2:02 PM

    Clausen is awful… should have never been drafted! Who says money can’t buy love?!

  63. bensstinkyfingers says: May 18, 2013 2:09 PM

    I think Teo and Tebow would make an excellent couple, and finally put to rest all the speculation.

  64. kd75 says: May 18, 2013 3:00 PM

    I’ll take Mante’s fake girlfriend over who Maxim ranked #1 – Miley Cyrus…

  65. sourdoughsam says: May 18, 2013 3:40 PM

    A graph plotting popularity over the past 3 months shows an inverse relationship between Manti Te’o and Geno Smith.

  66. northstarnic says: May 18, 2013 3:45 PM

    Couldn’t agree more kd75.

  67. bookofelisha10 says: May 18, 2013 4:02 PM

    its more of a play to show his teammates hes going to take all the jabs and if anything might take some of the fun out of it (doubt it ) lol but it might not go on as long.. i thought this whole situation was hilarious

  68. elbodega says: May 18, 2013 5:16 PM

    If he’s smart about it, Manti Teo could turn a good sense of humor into a lucrative sponsorship contract.

    Imagine this….

    “I’m Manti Teo for e-Harmony”

    Its waiting to happen.

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