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    Default The Manti Te'o Hoax

    this shit is just surreal...

    http://deadspin.com/5976517/

    i care nothing for NCAA football... but all this Manti Te'o stuff i see posted everywhere is just absolutely batshit

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    It's great, the first thing I've ever read about college football; spent half my day (having the flue) in bed reading about it.

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    me too!! minus the flu... i did it while at work pretending to be doing work

    personally, i think him and the romaiah guy are gay for each other... and created a fake person so they could communicate publicly.. and his family knew... the "death" was their breakup

    im not buying that it was done for publicity... 3 years is alot of time to commit to a publicity stunt

    and im not buying that a star athlete at a football crazed school had an online relationship for that long without meeting them when there are so many open legs inches away

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    But if the death was their breakup, why not just say the relationship was over? No reason for overacting. Lot's of weird stories, don't know what to make of it. Just being hoaxed seems even more unbelievable though.

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    initially i thought a catfish type scenario is what made the most sense... until you read all the things where he said she visited him in hawaii and his dad said he'd met her

    very strange stuff... i really anticipate more of this story coming out... its like a real life soap opera

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    The weirdest part was when he was asked about why he never visited his dying girlfriend and he just responded with "it never crossed my mind" I don't buy it. No way he got catfished

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    i actually got into an argument with a girl at a bar over the weekend over the whole "manti te'o is gay" theory...

    ya, she aint going to sleep with me anytime soon.

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    Quote heinz57 wrote: View Post
    The Ronaiah is one sick dude.

    Btw, gotta remember to ask my girlfriend to mail me a picture to prove she really is who she says she is.

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    Yeah, I'm thinking hes gay too. How long can you talk on the phone with a dude faking a chicks voice until you catch them slipping one day haha. He must of known and when he found out he was like, kill yourself bitch.

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    The Ronaiah is one sick dude.

    Btw, gotta remember to ask my girlfriend to mail me a picture to prove she really is who she says she is.
    my ladyfriend has somehow not caught wind of this whole sordid soap opera... but everytime she does something vaguely unwomanlike... like, watch hockey, or not do the dishes.. i'll say "ronaiah?"... thus confusing the crap out of her, and further bringing about the eventual end of our very temporary involvement

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    Quote heinz57 wrote: View Post
    my ladyfriend has somehow not caught wind of this whole sordid soap opera... but everytime she does something vaguely unwomanlike... like, watch hockey, or not do the dishes.. i'll say "ronaiah?"... thus confusing the crap out of her, and further bringing about the eventual end of our very temporary involvement
    Haha; I hope she doesn't give sermons and is in a christian band; sure thing żou're being Ronaiahed!

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    dammit.... there go my gay theories... the voicemails debunk it all

    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/...ric-interview/

    he may just be an honest mormon kid who got bamboozled on the internet..... damn those mormons for being such decent people.

    i wonder if he corresponds with the son of the deposed king of nigeria too

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    In honor of Rudy.... here's something gay..

    http://deadspin.com/5980822/heres-ro...ice-on-dr-phil

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    "Lenay" is going to be the catchphrase for the guy with the girlfriend that you never get to meet.

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    a chick friend of mine recently broke up with her boyfriend.. who then went mental on his facebook page with "Fuk dat hoe! i gon' get mine, BITCH! real talk.. she fat anyways" type posts... it was the source of a great deal of comedic gold amongst my group of friends...

    he went and changed his privacy settings... and we lost the cornucopia of hilarity...

    we're currently trying to create a Lennay... just so we can get those laughs back

    i believe the exact words were "dude, he blocked us from his timeline.............. let's Te'o him"

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    Quote heinz57 wrote: View Post
    a chick friend of mine recently broke up with her boyfriend.. who then went mental on his facebook page with "Fuk dat hoe! i gon' get mine, BITCH! real talk.. she fat anyways" type posts... it was the source of a great deal of comedic gold amongst my group of friends...

    he went and changed his privacy settings... and we lost the cornucopia of hilarity...

    we're currently trying to create a Lennay... just so we can get those laughs back

    i believe the exact words were "dude, he blocked us from his timeline.............. let's Te'o him"
    That's. Just. Awesome. Please keep us updated... As long as he's not one of your boys, then it's cool(I think?). But Facebook ranters should be teacheded lessons!
    Keep Calm & Chive On

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    LOOL this is so fuckin old but i never understood what the hell was happening, anybody care to explain?
    im lost
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    Quote lilmamba_ wrote: View Post
    LOOL this is so fuckin old but i never understood what the hell was happening, anybody care to explain?
    im lost
    He got Catfished.

    Allow Urban Dictionary to explain:
    1. Catfishing

    The phenomenon of internet predators that fabricate online identities and entire social circles to trick people into emotional/romantic relationships (over a long period of time).

    Possible motivations: revenge, loneliness, curiosity, boredom

    The term catfishing was inspired by the 2010 documentary "Catfish."
    "That was Nasty right? Cocked that Joint back and banged on 'em." -James Johnson

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    Quote lilmamba_ wrote: View Post
    LOOL this is so fuckin old but i never understood what the hell was happening, anybody care to explain?
    im lost
    until Rob Ford smoking crack happened... this was the most bizarrely amazing story of the year...

    here's the run down... courtesy of ABC News
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/timeline-ma...ry?id=18268647


    2008

    A person named "Lennay Kekua" sends a Facebook message to Tessi Toluta'u, a Polynesian beauty queen, requesting advice on entering beauty pageants, Toluta'u told ABC News.

    Middle of 2008: Toluta'u says she continued to exchange Facebook messages with Kekua. Toluta'u believes Kekua is embellishing her story, saying, "she" is a Stanford volleyball player who is dating then-USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.


    WINTER 2009

    Manti Te'o tells ESPN,

    Kekua befriends Te'o on Facebook in the winter of his freshman year in Notre Dame, he tells ESPN. He messages her back saying, "I'm Manti." At this point they would begin an on-again, off-again relationship that would resume later with texts and phone calls

    SEPT. 27, 2010

    Te'o writes Toluta'u, a family friend, Facebook message asking about Kekua, writing, "She keeps talking like she knows everyone and I'm like thinking it's a prank," according to his Facebook messages.

    Toluta'u responds on Facebook: "So many people are asking about her. Is she causing drama?"

    APRIL 20, 2010

    Somehow Te'o is convinced of her authenticity and he tells ESPN communications from this day on between himself and Kekua occur solely by phone.

    JUNE 2011

    During a charity trip organized by Polynesian athletes, Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Mauia meets a leggy beauty named "Lennay Kekua" in American Samoa doing charity work, Mauia tells ESPN.com.

    "This was before her and Manti," he says. Mauia says they became good friends and they would check in on each other. She also described the loss of her father to him. Mauia says Kekua had "Volleyball type physique. She was athletic, tall, beautiful, with long hair. Polynesian. She looked like a model."

    He says he was introduced by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

    OCT. 1, 2011

    Te'o tells ESPN that during his junior year he received a phone call from Kekua the day of the game against Purdue. He says Kekua told him that she was having hard times with her boyfriend and that she wanted Te'o to be there for her. Te'o says from this point on their relationship intensified. At some point during these initial interactions Te'o hears about Tuiasosopo in passing. Kekua says it was her cousin and that they were like "Bonnie and Clyde." But she didn't talk about him much.

    MARCH 23, 2012

    Facebook postings reveal Tuiasosopo was in a car accident with two other relatives, according to USA Today.

    APRIL 2012

    Te'o plans to fly to San Diego and later visit Kekua in Los Angeles where she says she took over her father's business called Clarke's Construction, the football player told ESPN.

    APRIL 28, 2012

    Te'o gets a call from Kekua's brother, Noa, saying she had been in a car accident and was hit by a drunk driver and that she was in a hospital in Los Angeles, he told ESPN.

    Te'o's friend John Pepelnjak tells ESPN.com, "Back in late April or early May, I want to say within the first couple days following the supposed car crash, I can testify with 100 percent certainty that [Te'o] spoke on the phone with Kekua's brother and that he did not create this hoax."

    JUNE 2012

    Kekua informs Te'o that she has leukemia, Te'o told ESPN.

    JULY 4, 2012

    Te'o again plans to see Kekua, but he gets tied up because of a family reunion, according to the account he gave ESPN.

    AUGUST 2012

    Jazmine Lutu, Tuiasosopo's real life cousin, is diagnosed with leukemia, according to Tuiasosopo's father's Facebook page.

    SEPT. 12, 2012

    Te'o grandmother dies Sept. 11, but he finds out on Sept. 12. Kekua calls him saying that she will be there for him. Two hours later Te'o says he gets a call from Kekua's "brother" hysterically saying "she's gone."

    SEPT. 13, 2012

    Te'o tweets, "I may not hear your voice but I do feel your presence."

    SEPT. 15, 2012

    Te'o has a great game against Michigan State recording 12 tackles and makes mention of the death of his grandmother and Kekua in a post game interview. The story of the death of his girlfriend and grandmother on the same day would make national headlines and becoming one of the biggest stories in college football.

    SEPT. 22, 2012

    Kekua funeral set to take place on the same day as Notre Dame vs. Michigan game. Te'o makes a promise to her that he would play football no matter what should anything happen to her.

    NOVEMBER 2012

    Te'o begins dating Alex Pillar. People related to Kekua reach out to him and call her a gold digger and begin warning him about her, he told ESPN.

    NOV. 21, 2012

    Te'o tweets, "Funniest part is I already know I got your attention," and "The worst thing you can do is fool yourself."

    NOV. 24, 2012

    Te'o meets Tuiasosopo at the USC-Notre Dame game for the first time, he told ESPN. It was during a meeting he wanted set up with a 9-year old who was supposed to be Kekua's cousin. In the past, he had spoken with this girl and she was described as Kekua's cousin. He wanted the meeting as a way to remember Lennay.

    DEC. 4, 2012

    JR Vaosa tweets Te'o warning him that Kekua is a hoax, and doesn't exist. Vaosa, 28, of Torrance, Calif., said on ESPN's "Outside the Lines'' that their cousin began an online romance in 2008 with a woman who portrayed herself as a model. Vaosa said he went with his cousin to meet the online Kekua at various places. But instead of Kekua, he told ESPN, they would be met by Tuiasosopo.

    DEC. 6, 2012

    After ESPN/Home Depot Award show in Orlando, Te'o got a call from Kekua, saying she is not dead, Te'o told ESPN.

    "I just went on a rampage. Like, how could you do this to me?" Te'o told ESPN.

    DEC. 8, 2012

    Te'o mentions Kekua in an interview for the last time.

    DEC. 10, 2012 Te'o asks his friends what he should do regarding the situation, he told ESPN. Te'o says his friend told him to notify his parents.

    DEC. 24, 2012

    He notifies his mother first and then the rest of his family that he has been hoaxed, Te'o told ESPN.

    DEC. 26, 2012

    Te'o notifies Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly and a few others, according to what he told ESPN. The school launches an investigation that clears Te'o. They say it becomes clear very quickly who the perpetrators are although they do not speak with Tuiasosopo.

    DECEMBER-JANUARY 2012

    Te'o says Kekua informs him that her real name is Leah and says she will reveal the truth on Jan. 16.

    JAN. 16, 2012

    Te'o says Tuiasosopo calls him on the phone and apologizes for the prank. A few hours later the online sports siteDeadspin releases an article revealing the scam. At 8 p.m., Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick says that the school has conducted an investigation that has cleared Te'o and that "nothing that I've learned has shaken my faith in Manti Te'o one iota."

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