Was Manti Te'o Involved in the Internet Dating Hoax?

The Notre Dame linebacker has been topping news reports all week after it was discovered his dead girlfriend wasn't a real person, after all.

When news broke that Manti Te'o's dead girlfriend wasn't real, news organizations including CNN and ESPN hopped on the story and tried to get to the bottom of it.

While Te'o and the Notre Dame Athletic Department maintain that he was the victim of a 'Catfish' type of Internet dating hoax , others aren't so hopeful. 

"Te’o actually thought the romance, which, like everything these days, started online, was for real," A Chicago Sun-Times writer argues. "And when he found out he’d been goofed on, played like a high school geek who just received a 36-month swirlie — plus, he had played along with his own lies — he grasped for dignity and killed off the chick ."

The term 'Catfish' was popularized by a movie and subsequent TV show, which explores online relationships and shows them to be fraud a majority of the time.

Do you think Te'o was duped? Or was he involved the whole time? Tell us in the comments and tell us if you've ever been duped like this.

Michael Fleming January 19, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Who cares?
Aron Levy January 19, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Mike, I don't think there's much we'll find each other agreeing upon, but this is definitely one of them. The kid seems to be an attention whore, and I know from my childhood even bad attention is still attention. So the press is only giving him exactly what he wants. I feel so dirty now, having just agreed with the (ideological) enemy*. *Just kidding about the enemy part.
Carrie January 19, 2013 at 05:55 PM
I can't believe anyone even believes this guy. He's sounding to me like another Lance Armstrong.
Michael Fleming January 19, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Dear "enemy"... Yes, we DO agree on this. It feels...odd...doesn't it? Actually, we do agree on other things per our last conversation. Ten round magazines, (though you didnt think i was for that, for some reason) universal background checks on ALL gun purchases whether from a gun show or your grandmother, reporting of multiple gun sales. I am willing to bet that you would also agree on making all gun crimes a federal offense and a minimum 10 years in the slammer. That includes merely POSSESING an illegal weapon. Due to the vagueness of the definition of an assault weapon, I am more cautious about an AWB, but if a hard and fast definition could be worked out, I'm am open to that as well, depending on how it is defined. Keep in mind, MOST weapons in America are of the semi automatic design. so if the definition comes down to merely banning all semi automatic weapons, I would be four square against that. I AM, however, going to keep my bazooka.... But if I hear one more "breaking" story about this pathetic college kid, or for that matter Lance Armstrong, I'm gonna lose it.... (just kidding about the enemy part)
Devils Advocate January 22, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Even if it was all his idea, theres no crime for lying and having people believe it just because it was on TV. Who cares people, he's possibly just a fellow troll and it's your fault for buying into it.


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