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Another Te’o twist

Friend says Ronaiah Tuiasosopo confessed to Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax – ESPN.

This story on ESPN.com now claims Ronaiah Tuiasosopo is taking full responsibility for this hoax. Is it the truth? A smokescreen? Is this guy jumping on the sword for Te’o? Nobody really knows yet.

I like what Stephen A. Smith had to say about it via twitter

I normally don’t agree with Stephen A. Smith but I think he has a great point here.

Dead Spin Author Discusses Notre Dame Star’s Revelation | Video – ABC News

Manti Te’o Girlfriend Hoax: Dead Spin Author Discusses Notre Dame Star’s Revelation | Video – ABC News.

Deadspin author on ABC News this morning revealing the “tip” Deadspin was given in order to investigate the Manti Te’o hoax.

I know there are many out there that are on Manti Te’o overload right now since the story broke barely 24 hours ago but I cannot stop looking. This is one of the most fascinating scandals that I can ever remember in sports. This is something that we just haven’t seen before. I am anxiously awaiting for all of the facts in this story to come out. I have read countless things in the past 24 hours on the subject and I am still greatly confused by this whole story. I was really hoping that he was going to speak this afternoon with a reporter but apparently he is waiting to do that through his new agent. It doesn’t look good for him right now but I am waiting for all of the facts to come out before I pass judgement either way. In the meantime, I cannot get enough of the Te’o jokes.

Another man connected to Te’o’s fake girlfriend?

Lennay Kekua – Manti Te’o’s Fake, Dead Girlfriend – Was Real, Says Arizona Cardinals Fullback Reagan Mauia, Who Claims to Have Met Her | The Big Lead.

This story just keeps getting more and more strange.

Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax

Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax.

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This story has literally exploded in the last two hours. This is a long read but well worth it. The depth of this hoax is amazing.

The University of Notre Dame has already released a statement that Te’o was a victim of the hoax. I am not sure if I believe that based on the Sports Illustrated article in November. I cannot wait to see where this story goes. If anything, he is at least guilty of embellishing his relationship for the SI article.

 

Te’o issued a statement today per ESPN

“This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her.

“To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone’s sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.

“It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother’s death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life.

“I am enormously grateful for the support of my family, friends and Notre Dame fans throughout this year. To think that I shared with them my happiness about my relationship and details that I thought to be true about her just makes me sick. I hope that people can understand how trying and confusing this whole experience has been.

“In retrospect, I obviously should have been much more cautious. If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was.

“Fortunately, I have many wonderful things in my life, and I’m looking forward to putting this painful experience behind me as I focus on preparing for the NFL Draft.”

Te’o is currently training in preparation for the NFL draft at the IMG Institute in Bradenton, Fla. He is No. 8 on Mel Kiper’s latest draft board.

Here is Notre Dame’s official statement via twitter:

Notre Dame Statement: Manti Te’o

On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te’o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.

Johnny Football’s Heisman respnsibilites

Texas A&M’s AD has a chat with Johnny Manziel about Heisman responsibility | Dr. Saturday – Yahoo! Sports.

Former St. Louis Ram Super Bowl Champion and current sports talk radio host on 101.1 ESPN in St. Louis Demarco Farr predicted the future with Johnny Football. Leading up to the Heisman vote this season Farr’s co-hosts were endorsing Manziel as their pick to win the Heisman. Demarco Farr agreed that Manzeil’s numbers made him worthy of the award, but argued that it should never go to a freshman. His reasoning was that there is no way that a freshman could handle all of the responsibility and scrutiny that comes from being a Heisman Trophy winner. It’s interesting now looking back to that day because I had never thought about the responsibilities that comes with having the “Heisman Trophy Winner” next to your name. I love the quote from this article from the Texas A&M Athletic Director Eric Heyman

I told them he’s no longer a freshman, and he’s no longer a sophomore, junior or senior. He is a “Heisman.”

It’s (about) education, and we’ve got to help the family and Johnny with the transition into being a Heisman award winner. There are things you have to learn, and we have to help him with that.

That’s a special fraternity, but you also have to understand (Manziel) is 20 years old. It’s a tremendous responsibility — but it is a responsibility.

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