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Manti Te'o denies role in hoax, admits he 'tailored' his girlfriend stories

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09:09 AM ET 01.19 | Manti Te'o denied being part of a hoax involving a relationship with a person online whom he considered his girlfriend, during an interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap on Friday night, but did say he "tailored" his stories so people would think he "met her before she passed away." No. Never," Te'o said during the 2 1/2-hour interview. "I wasn't faking it. I wasn't part of this." Te'o said he didn't know for sure that "Lennay Kekua" never existed until Wednesday, when Ronaiah Tuiasosopo called Te'o and admitted he was behind the hoax. Te'o said he received a Twitter direct message from Tuiasosopo where Tuiasosopo said he was the perpetrator, along with one other man and a woman. Te'o then talked to Tuiasosopo on the phone Wednesday. "Two guys and a girl are responsible for the whole thing," Te'o said. Asked who they are, he said: "I don't know. According to Ronaiah, Ronaiah's one."

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January 19, 2013  09:43 AM ET

And now FanNation tees up their 10th Manti Te'o thread since the story broke on Twitter.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Give us some real sports stories FN not this Oprah Winfrey fodder.

January 19, 2013  09:44 AM ET

I still don't see a big issue with this article. IMO, I see ESPN and FN "sensationalizing" this Te'o story. IMO, it's a non story!!!

January 19, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And now FanNation tees up their 10th Manti Te'o thread since the story broke on Twitter.ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!Give us some real sports stories FN not this Oprah Winfrey fodder.

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 19, 2013  09:49 AM ET

WTF....this is just to Bizzare.

January 19, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Idea ....

Let's hijack this thread ...

OK ... 1 ... 2.... 3 .....

THE SEC SUCKS!

That ought to do it.

January 19, 2013  09:51 AM ET

And they blow ....

January 19, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Idea ....Let's hijack this thread ...OK ... 1 ... 2.... 3 .....THE SEC SUCKS!That ought to do it.

4-0

The record of the Big East vs. the SEC in football this year.

January 19, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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Serious mental issues here with Te'. Has this delusional Te'O even dated a real girl on Notre Dame"s campus? Dig deeper as there is a sick kid here.

This is probably closer to the truth than Te'O being catfished.

January 19, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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Idea ....Let's hijack this thread ...OK ... 1 ... 2.... 3 .....THE SEC SUCKS!That ought to do it.

DR., good morning!!! I got one better!!! The 12 PAC don't play "any" defense!!!!!!! :-)

January 19, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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4-0The record of the Big East vs. the SEC in football this year.

4-0??? You surely can't be talking about 2013, as Louisville beat Florida this year!!!

January 19, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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4-0??? You surely can't be talking about 2013, as Louisville beat Florida this year!!!

Right. The Big East went 4-0 vs. the SEC this year.

January 19, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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Right. The Big East went 4-0 vs. the SEC this year.

Okay, they are 1-0 so far this year!!!

January 19, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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DR., good morning!!! I got one better!!! The 12 PAC don't play "any" defense!!!!!!! :-)

In the SEC you REALLY have to play defense to win.
Really.
LOL

January 19, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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Okay, they are 1-0 so far this year!!!

Correction: The Big East is 1-1 against the SEC so far this year!! I forgot that Ole Miss beat Pitt in their bowl game, FWIW!!!! :-)

January 19, 2013  10:30 AM ET
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In the SEC you REALLY have to play defense to win.Really.LOL

Yeah you're right, just ask Florida and especially LSU!!!! :-)

January 19, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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Yeah you're right, just ask Florida and especially LSU!!!! :-)

Here's another one ... "Defense wins Championships"

... as evidenced by the high scoring games during last week's NFL playoffs

January 19, 2013  10:42 AM ET
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Right. The Big East went 4-0 vs. the SEC this year.

Shhhhh. Those games didn't count.

January 19, 2013  10:42 AM ET
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Here's another one ... "Defense wins Championships"... as evidenced by the high scoring games during last week's NFL playoffs

DR., if we keep going on this way, we will be the "bad" boys of FN for ranking on the SEC!!! Are you ready for that??? LOL.

 
January 19, 2013  10:45 AM ET
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DR., if we keep going on this way, we will be the "bad" boys of FN for ranking on the SEC!!! Are you ready for that??? LOL.

Yes.

Plus ... I'm already there.

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