9:26 pm - 01/16/2013


An anonymous Notre Dame teammate of Te’o spoke to Jackie Peppers of Pepperonsports.com who has formerly worked for ESPN, Fox Sports, The NFL Network is currently freelancing for Yahoo Sports.

The teammate shed some light on what was really going on between Te’o and his Fake Dead Cancer Girlfriend.

Here is what he had to say:

The Notre Dame football player, who asked for anonymity, told Pepper On Sports, “No we all knew he had only seen her once. But when the media was saying how he went through both deaths we knew,” said the source, referring to the back-to-back deaths of Te’o’s grandmother and girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who allegedly died of Leukemia.

In defense of the Heisman Trophy candidate, the source said he believes the lie may have indeed started with somebody duping Te’o using a phony twitter account, and eventually, faking their own death.

Early in my conversation with the source, the Notre Dame player said, “He lied, but the media blew it up.” In response to my follow-up question asking if the source thought that Te’o kept the story going because of the media attention, the player replied, “Yeah. Right after the Michigan [State] game. He should have never brought her in the media. His grandma passing was enough.”
“We would never bring it up.  But we would look at him when he would get all emotional during media about his girl,” the player said.
When asked if he thought Te’o was a good actor, the player replied, “Very good.”

This sounds accurate to me, but instead of manning up, Te’o will play the victim.  The reality is it was his attention whoring that got him into the situation he is in now.
Here is the best case scenario theory for Te’o and there are a lot of wild rumors going.  It is possible originally he was Catfished, but once the media picked up the story, he didn’t dare admit that the person he was talking to wasn’t real.  His Ego got in the way and had him doing interviews like the one he did with Jim Rome where he plays up the relationship like it was a magical love between two people who met on a football field.
Just like with most lies they started to stack on top of each other and got bigger and bigger to the point Te’o was simply in too deep. Once he realized he had been duped and it was possible he could get exposed he confessed to Notre Dame claiming he was the victim.

IMO, i think he was in on it and the only people who got catfished was the national media not te'o
caitie_roxs13 17th-Jan-2013 03:42 am (UTC)
I feel bad for the girl who they stole pictures from.
bgwqlc 17th-Jan-2013 03:48 am (UTC)
I do too. I just imagine sitting at home and seeing the pic on television and it is you. I would flip out.
t3pps 17th-Jan-2013 03:59 am (UTC)
The really messed up thing is her pic wasn't stolen off the net. She gave it to her friend, who happens to be Te'o's "friend" and that's how it ended up being used.
ediesedgwick 17th-Jan-2013 04:14 am (UTC)
lmao awkward
deceitful 17th-Jan-2013 04:20 am (UTC)
The one she noticed was from her Facebook. The one she gave her friend she saw on Twitter and was like ???? and then it got removed right after she talked to that friend. I think.
t3pps 17th-Jan-2013 04:21 am (UTC)
Supposedly he even had her make a custom sign that he sent to manti. What a crap "friend". But I still believe Manti was in on it too.
deceitful 17th-Jan-2013 04:29 am (UTC)
I think so too. He probably wanted to re-tweet the photo of her doing that to show his gf or something. Or have that account with some sort of 'proof'. So creepy.
williammiller 17th-Jan-2013 04:13 am (UTC)
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