Sorry, but there is no way possible I buy into the idea he didn't know what was going on at some point. This was 2012. He never once skyped with her? Never got a picture of her that wasn't of some sort of sexy nature? I don't know.... this is incredibly bizarre, but I will never believe he didn't know something was up well before he started talking about "her" on national television and radio.
So did they find out if he made her up or was he tricked? Not that it really matters, but I've heard several different stories
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN
As far as why he kept it going after he knew it was a hoax, that I can actually understand more. I don't think he handled it well, but I can at least comprehend it. Hypothetically, if he really learned then, it would've been really hard to come out with that, have that public knowledge out there during the national championship game.
Here's the part that throws me off... in his interview with Pete Thamel for SI, he said he had known her for FOUR YEARS. They'd dated for one, supposedly, and he'd known her for FOUR. That, more than anything else, just doesn't add up to me. I think he knew all along. I'm positive he did.
She was in an auto accident... she was diagnosed with cancer.. he never made an effort to go see her? Yet he was "in love" with her? REALLY? This guy isn't a kid. He's a 22 year old senior, that graduated from NOTRE DAME! He's not stupid. He's extremely intelligent. Unfortunately, it appears in a crazy way.
What's the definition of a girlfriend? Doesn't meeting face to face have to be a minimal requirement?
I think this tweet pretty much explains my thoughts.
RT @drewmagary: "Jeez guys, he SEEMS to be telling the truth!" -Every reporter that was duped by Te'o's story to begin with
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
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