subgenius wrote:Yet, if you were familiar with the story - Manti was not the offender
Guess you haven't been keeping up, sub:
Schaap also said that Te’o admitted to misleading his own father about his meeting with Kekua. According to Schaap, Te’o said, “That goes to back to what I did with my dad, so I kind of tailored my stories to have people think, that year, I kind of met her.”
Te'o has admitted to lying to his dad (that's what the euphemism "tailored my stories" means--he lied. It is also a fact that, according to Te'o's own story, he received a call on December 6 from the woman who had pretended to be the "girlfriend" he thought had died in September, so he knew at that time that his "girlfriend" had not actually died. Two days later he gave interviews in which he talked about how he had lost his girlfriend to leukemia. He then continued to lie by omission by not coming out with the truth and letting the world continue to believe all the stories he had told about the girlfriend he had never actually met.
In the interview with Schaap, which Te'o refused to allow to be video recorded, Te'o said, according to Schapp, that “[r]ight up until a few hours before the Deadspin story broke two days ago [Te'o] wasn’t quite sure what happened but at that time he got a phone call from Ronaiah Tuiasospo in which he admitted that he had perpetrated this hoax and in a series of communications also apologized for it.” If Te'o didn't knwo what happened until after the Deadspin article came out, then either he or Notre Dame or both were lying on Wednesday when Swarbrick gave details about a private investigation that Notre Dame had conducted the results of which they had shared with Te'o in private meetings on December 26. It also doesn't mesh with the claim that Te'o planned to go public with the story but Deadspin beat him to the punch.
The facts indisputably show that Te'o lied and that he perpetrated the hoax. The only questions are the extent of his involvement (i.e., was he in on it from the beginning? If not, at what point did he learn he had been punked? And why did he continue to perpetrate the hoax?) It may be that he started out as a victim of a hooax, but at some point (no later than December 6 but perhaps much earlier), he became an active participant in it. So, beastie's humorous question from another thread is apt: is Te'o Joseph Smith or Martin Harris? Too early to tell at this point.
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