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Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend is the biggest story on Twitter
daily dot ^ | 1-2013

Posted on 01/16/2013 7:28:53 PM PST by doug from upland

Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend is the biggest story on Twitter News January 17, 2013

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Deadspin published a blockbuster investigation Wednesday night, exposing the relationship between star Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and his girlfriend—who reportedly passed away last year—as a grand hoax. The story has quickly taken over Twitter, which is now inundated with praise for the sports site, jokes at Te'o’s expense, and questions as to the star player’s level of involvement.

The investigative piece by Deadspin's Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey reveals how Te'o's relationship with girlfriend Lennay Kekua was an elaborate fraud that duped millions of Americans, respected news organizations, and maybe even Te'o himself.

Te'o's relationship with Kekua was almost out of a fairy tale, with the two meeting after a Stanford game in November 2009. Their relationship played out in front of the world on Twitter, where Te'o, who has 165,000 followers, tweeted back and forth with one of Kekua's accounts.

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Te'o's relationship ultimately became one of the most reported stories of 2012 after Kekua died from leukemia within days of Te'o's grandmother passing away. Te'o did not attend Kekua's funeral because of a big football game that same day versus Michigan (Notre Dame won 13-6).

The tragic news helped build Te'o's image and land him on magazine covers and sports shows like ESPN's Pardon the Interruption where he reflected on the loss of Kekua.

Deadspin's article unravels a web of suspicious Twitter accounts and misused photographs that allegedly show how Kekua was not even a real person, let alone Te'o's girlfriend. The article also alleges that Te'o was in on the scam.

The news of the hoax has helped Te'o, a Heisman Trophy finalist, become the top search term on Twitter, according to analytics service Topsy. In the past three hours, Te'o (as well as his first name and a common misspelling of his last name, Teo) has been mentioned more than 290,000 times.

Notre Dame has also been a Twitter trending topic around the U.S., with more than 51,000 mentions since Deadspin published at 4:10 pm ET. The university has issued a public statement saying Te'o was the victim of "a sad and very cruel deception."

Te'o has also released a statement claiming he was in what he thought was an "authentic relationship" with a woman.

"To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating," the statement read according to Deadspin. "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."

But not everyone on Twitter is taking Te’o at his word. The phrase "So Te'o" has become a major trending topic, with people raising questions as to how involved the linebacker was in the hoax.

"So te'o talked on the phone with his fake gf everyday for 4 months straight and never once skyped or seen her?" @jonblum7 tweeted. "Says he was tricked #how?"

"So Te'o was duped in to believing his gf died?" @andrewjbone tweeted. "I guess he just decided not to go to the funeral. These statements just as real as the gf."

"So Te'o was able 2 stay "in character" through all of these TV interviews w his emotional displays etc? WT?" @billisking tweeted."Did any teammate show suspicion?"

The news of the hoax has also been ripe for Twitter comedians pouncing on the feel good story of 2012 turned ugly.

"Did he at least get to pretend second base with the imaginary person before she fake died?" @OldHossRadbourn tweeted.

"Big hit at Sundance next week- Te'o and the Real Girl" @rj_white tweeted.

"Man, I hope AJ McCarron's girlfriend is real," @herdcotton tweeted.

Te'o has not tweeted much about his relationship over the past two months. However, he has spread some word of wisdom that he probably should have followed himself.

UPDATE: Twitter analytics firm Topsy has provided the Daily Dot with some hard data about how insanely popular the Te'o scandal was on Twitter.

Mentions of Manti Te'o, Notre Dame and Deadspin peaked at over 3,000:


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1 posted on 01/16/2013 7:29:01 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland

The MSM is pushing hard with the spin from Notre Dame and the Te’o family that he was the “victim” of the hoax and not the perpetrator.


2 posted on 01/16/2013 7:33:58 PM PST by wideawake
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To: doug from upland

I am a huge ND fan, but this is absolute BS. And where was he at the BCS game?


3 posted on 01/16/2013 7:34:41 PM PST by mortal19440
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To: doug from upland

I’m sure she’s real. Someone just let the air out of her.


4 posted on 01/16/2013 7:35:52 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: wideawake
...The MSM is pushing hard with the spin from Notre Dame and the Te’o family that he was the “victim” of the hoax and not the perpetrator...

After reading the Deadspin article I say it's total spin and Te'o is playing everyone now just as he was playing everyone for the past year.

The school is perpetuating the scam to save face but they will end up losing face as the truth comes out. They learned nothing from Penn State.

5 posted on 01/16/2013 7:37:34 PM PST by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: mortal19440

I watched live the last award show for the top football collegian before the Heisman where all 3 were there and Te’o won that night over Manziel. The host started talking about how he felt about his “dead GF” and his grandmother passing away, and he talked about “both” of them. IMO, I think he knew about it..


6 posted on 01/16/2013 7:39:29 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: doug from upland

The MSM is pushing hard with the spin from Notre Dame and the Te’o family that he was the “victim” of the hoax and not the perpetrator.


7 posted on 01/16/2013 7:39:45 PM PST by wideawake
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To: doug from upland

Sound’s like a scam gone bad that was designed to hide the fact that he may be a fag.


8 posted on 01/16/2013 7:41:32 PM PST by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: FReepaholic

If one had an imaginary GF, at least make them Victoria’s Secret supermodels and they don’t die..


9 posted on 01/16/2013 7:41:59 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: doug from upland
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10 posted on 01/16/2013 7:42:24 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: batterycommander

I don’t think that is fair.


11 posted on 01/16/2013 7:42:52 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: wideawake

The article by Eric Hansen called “What dreams may come” has disappeared from the South Bend Tribune website in the last few hours. Maybe their site has received too much traffic. The story talked about how Manti first met the girl. ND says the two never met. The story contradicts their spin.

http://articles.southbendtribune.com/2012-10-12/sports/34419536_1_brian-and-ottilia-manti-te-o-irish-head-coach


12 posted on 01/16/2013 7:46:05 PM PST by petitfour
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To: doug from upland
The Deadspin article
13 posted on 01/16/2013 7:46:09 PM PST by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: doug from upland

Could someone please photo shop this guy with a blowup doll


14 posted on 01/16/2013 7:46:30 PM PST by barmag25
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To: doug from upland; Lazmataz

Hell, that’s NOTHING compared to what Laz ‘tweets’ about over his imaginary romance with me, LOL!

P.S. If I suddenly show up dead on FR, you all read it here first and I expect my demise to be a Drudge Headline...AT A MINIMUM!

*SMIRK* :)


15 posted on 01/16/2013 7:47:17 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: doug from upland
Einhorn is Finkel!

Finkel is Einhorn!

16 posted on 01/16/2013 7:48:46 PM PST by wolf24
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To: wideawake

Who has ever had a girlfriend they had never met?


17 posted on 01/16/2013 7:49:21 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan
Who has ever had a girlfriend they had never met?

0bama (see "Audacity of Hope").

5.56mm

18 posted on 01/16/2013 7:52:41 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: wideawake

Seems like opposite. They are portraying this as the worst thing a college football player has done. Worse than taking money, steroids, drugs, DUI, Rape. 5 years with no bowl games? Has any other school been penalized that harshly?


19 posted on 01/16/2013 7:53:50 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: ElkGroveDan
"I’m sure she’s real.
Someone just let the air out of her."



20 posted on 01/16/2013 7:54:24 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: wolf24
LOL!...perfect!

(laces out...)

21 posted on 01/16/2013 7:55:44 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: FReepaholic

I guess I am the only one who thought this story was weird. I didn’t think this was as bad as child molestation. I didn’t even know it was a crime.


22 posted on 01/16/2013 7:57:31 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: doug from upland; GodfearingTexan; MrChips; BlackElk

There are a few Notre Dame “subway alumni”—fans who have never attended the university—on FR. Last month, some of them were arrogantly swaggering around the board, but since January 7, they have become as scarce as martinis in Riyadh. Wonder why?


23 posted on 01/16/2013 7:58:07 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: doug from upland

Didn’t obummer do the same thing in one of his so called books? He wrote about a fictitious girlfriend. How is this any different?


24 posted on 01/16/2013 8:03:54 PM PST by WesternPacific (Deafness has its Advantages)
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To: FReepaholic
He is supposed to hold a press conference tomorrow in which Swarbrick says he will clarify the timeline and the details.

He has known for at least two months - since his attempt to create a web presence for his girlfriend's putative sister blew up in his face - that he would have to come up with some kind of plausible story. He has had two months to get his story straight.

There is no way we're getting the truth tomorrow. Also, his dad is apparently an overinvolved piece of work.

25 posted on 01/16/2013 8:04:26 PM PST by wideawake
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To: musicman

I’ll be here all week.


26 posted on 01/16/2013 8:05:46 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: barmag25
"Te'o's fake girlfriend" No can do. But here's a couple bubbly blonde blowup babes.
27 posted on 01/16/2013 8:07:49 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: doug from upland; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

Oh the Hugh Manti Te!


28 posted on 01/16/2013 8:07:59 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: mortal19440

Apparently the whole Notre Dame season was a hoax also. Pretty evident in the BCS title game.

Roll Tide. :-)


29 posted on 01/16/2013 8:09:21 PM PST by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Too funny, Diana.


30 posted on 01/16/2013 8:20:50 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: doug from upland

...must be a Punahou thing.

31 posted on 01/16/2013 8:20:50 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: WesternPacific

It’s different because, if you say something questioning Obama, you are racist. Of course, Te’o is Hawaiian, so that may be almost racist. But not enough to qualify.


32 posted on 01/16/2013 8:23:02 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: tumblindice

I’ll take the one on the left.


33 posted on 01/16/2013 8:23:59 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: doug from upland

Why didn’t Sports Illustrated or ESPN bother to run a Google check on any of his tragic girlfriend story....because they wanted to run with it?

Sports reporters are going way overboard with all the sob stories these days. They think they are writing for the soaps.


34 posted on 01/16/2013 8:25:28 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: Fiji Hill

ROFLOL

Here is a good article I just read on this subject.

http://outkickthecoverage.com/manti-teos-fake-dead-girlfriend-breaks-the-internet.php


35 posted on 01/16/2013 8:26:01 PM PST by petitfour
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

Well done!


36 posted on 01/16/2013 8:26:01 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: doug from upland
So, was her name Julia, or was she Julia's sister?


37 posted on 01/16/2013 8:31:27 PM PST by Clock King
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To: Norm Lenhart

Bouncy Bouncy
Oh such a good time
Bouncy Bouncy
Shoes all in a line
Bouncy Bouncy
Everybody
summersault,
summersault
Summertime
Everybody sing along
Bouncy Bouncy
oh such a good time
Bouncy Bouncy
White socks slipping down
Bouncy Bouncy
Stilettos are a no no
Bouncy Bouncy oh
Bouncy Bouncy oh
Every time I bounce I feel I could touch the skyee


38 posted on 01/16/2013 8:31:42 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: wolf24

post of the day. i think i just ruined my keyboard


39 posted on 01/16/2013 8:36:02 PM PST by jeltz25
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To: tumblindice

At least the inflatable version keeps you out of the clinic. The other one? Wouldn’t bet the...ahem...farm...on it. ;)


40 posted on 01/16/2013 8:38:00 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

I don’t think he fabricated the woman. He made up some details and combined aspects of other relationships. But the actual woman does exist. A bit different here.


41 posted on 01/16/2013 8:38:00 PM PST by jeltz25
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To: a fool in paradise

What’s a Manti Te’o?


42 posted on 01/16/2013 8:38:19 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: doug from upland

Seems like this guy pulled a Jan Brady..can anyone confirm that “George Glass” is a real person


43 posted on 01/16/2013 8:40:32 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: FReepaholic

I don’t understand how he could have been in love with a woman he never met face to face? I understand getting attached to pen pals but that’s not the same as a romantic relationship with the opposite sex. It sounds like total BS to me.


44 posted on 01/16/2013 8:41:12 PM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: SeaHawkFan
Who has ever had a girlfriend they had never met?

Probably a lot more than before the internet.

45 posted on 01/16/2013 8:44:39 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: doug from upland

46 posted on 01/16/2013 8:45:06 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: jeltz25

:)


47 posted on 01/16/2013 8:45:34 PM PST by wolf24
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To: ElkGroveDan

48 posted on 01/16/2013 8:46:47 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman

As far as I know Johnny Manziel isn't really Scooby Doo. Anything else fake in that photo?

49 posted on 01/16/2013 8:52:18 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: doug from upland

Who?

BFD.


50 posted on 01/16/2013 8:56:14 PM PST by Hammerhead
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