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08:18 AM ET 01.18 | Did Manti Te'o ever meet either Lennay Kekua or someone he thought was her in person? His father, Brian Te'o, told the South Bend Tribune the couple met more than once, but Notre Dame and Manti have said a face-to-face meeting never happened. South Bend Tribune sportswriter Eric Hansen spoke with WSBT-TV Thursday, claiming he still has the tape recording from that interview. Hansen said he shared it with his editor but was not willing to release it publicly -- saying he wanted to give the Te'o family time to return his phone calls and emails. One of the first things Hansen did after Deadspin.com broke the story Wednesday afternoon was go back to that recording to make sure he didn't misquote Brian Te'o.

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January 18, 2013  08:25 AM ET

Et vous, familia?

January 18, 2013  08:43 AM ET

This may sound really trollish, but they may need to put a suicide watch on him.

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January 18, 2013  09:07 AM ET

A man who tells lies knows the truth, but a man who tells half lies forgot where he put it.

January 18, 2013  10:02 AM ET

I'm shocked this kinda thing happened at ND. Shocked I tell ya! LOLOLOL

January 18, 2013  10:08 AM ET

"After reviewing the video of the interview, Hansen realized that Brian Te'o' was just Manti Te'o' with a bald cap on."

January 18, 2013  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm shocked this kinda thing happened at ND. Shocked I tell ya! LOLOLOL

You should be...!

January 18, 2013  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This may sound really trollish, but they may need to put a suicide watch on him.

Are you kidding me...? This kid comes from a great family, is very comfortable in his faith and has an incredible future ahead of him (both inside and outside of football). He made a bad decision (not a crime). The media is gearing up to make this into another Jerry Sandusky episode. As an ND grad and fan I am finding this all pretty comical.

January 18, 2013  10:44 AM ET
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Are you kidding me...? This kid comes from a great family, is very comfortable in his faith and has an incredible future ahead of him (both inside and outside of football). He made a bad decision (not a crime). The media is gearing up to make this into another Jerry Sandusky episode. As an ND grad and fan I am finding this all pretty comical.

Lots of kids come from great families and have a great future ahead of them. The issue is whether the kid realizes this during the dark night of crisis. Sadly, many do not, and commit suicide. Someone who cares about the person, rather than the image of ND football, would be concerned that he be watched. Else, this story could take a much more macabre turn. And who would want that?

Laughter, my friend, is definitely NOT the appropriate response to the suggestion he be on suicide watch. Not, that is, if you care the way you imply you do.

January 18, 2013  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

As an ND grad and fan I am finding this all pretty comical.

How do you know someone is an ND grad?.........They tell you

January 18, 2013  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The media is gearing up to make this into another Jerry Sandusky episode

Nothing in sports will ever be as severe and damaging at the child-molestation case at Penn State. Hopefully there will never be a time to compare a scandal to that one.

With that being said, this case is as strange and unsettling as any I've seen in sports. No way in Hell the kid was duped and wasn't a part of it. Was it a smart/risky plan to gain media attention and try to steal the Heisman? Was it just a prank that got out of hand? Or is this kid simply crazy as bat-SXH-it?

Dude will Lance Armstrong this and not come clean for years........this won't end well

January 18, 2013  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Are you kidding me...? This kid comes from a great family, is very comfortable in his faith and has an incredible future ahead of him (both inside and outside of football). He made a bad decision (not a crime). The media is gearing up to make this into another Jerry Sandusky episode. As an ND grad and fan I am finding this all pretty comical.

Like I said, I wasn't trying to be trollish or goolish. Just have to wonder about his state of mind. As great as a season that he had, this is what he will be remembered for. As one of my Chief Petty Officers once told me "you can have a 1,000 that a boys and all it takes is one ahh S>it to make them all be forgotten".

January 18, 2013  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Are you kidding me...? This kid comes from a great family, is very comfortable in his faith and has an incredible future ahead of him (both inside and outside of football). He made a bad decision (not a crime). The media is gearing up to make this into another Jerry Sandusky episode. As an ND grad and fan I am finding this all pretty comical.

You should be worried. Your AD has just defended Te'o's version of the story. If Te'o is part of the hoax, then ND didn't do a very thorough "investigation".

The AD shouldn't have defended Te'o publicly at this time. He should have used the "we are doing a thorough investigation and will make a statement in the future.." excuse. Let this play out a little while before having a press conference where you cry defending Te'o.

I'd be very nervous if this was my university. This tar baby will stick to everyone....

January 18, 2013  11:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Are you kidding me...? This kid comes from a great family..........

I think Tony Dungey's son came from a "great family"....but it didn't stop the suicide...hopefully he can stay level headed and be successful in putting this behind him....going to be tough...

January 18, 2013  11:40 AM ET
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Lots of kids come from great families and have a great future ahead of them. The issue is whether the kid realizes this during the dark night of crisis. Sadly, many do not, and commit suicide. Someone who cares about the person, rather than the image of ND football, would be concerned that he be watched. Else, this story could take a much more macabre turn. And who would want that?

Good post right there. Anyone who has been near or closely touched by an actual suicide situation recognizes the seriousness that should be applied to the concept. And IMO this situation warrants a serious suicide watch.

Better to have it done, than to wish later that you had.

January 18, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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Good post right there. Anyone who has been near or closely touched by an actual suicide situation recognizes the seriousness that should be applied to the concept. And IMO this situation warrants a serious suicide watch. Better to have it done, than to wish later that you had.

My thoughts exactly.

January 18, 2013  01:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

My thoughts exactly.

I third that motion...

 
January 18, 2013  01:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

How do you know someone is an ND grad?.........They tell you

TFRT!

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