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ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap interviewing Te’o; details to follow

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It’s uncommon for us to write up a post previewing another post. Then again, this is an uncommon story with no real template, so here we are.

After keeping silent for the past few days outside of a statement, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is breaking his silence on the Lennay Kekua hoax story. Specifically, he’s breaking it in an off-camera interview to ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap. Details of the interview are expected to come some time later tonight.

ESPN PR has released this photo of the session.

Obviously, we’ll have more as it develops, so stay tuned.

If for any reason you need to get caught up on what’s going on, here’s our original post on the Te’o story (and the story itself) along with thoughts from Jack Swarbrick’s press conference and the development today from “Outside the Lines.

You can also see a timeline of events HERE and a cast of characters (so to speak) in the story HERE.

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16 Responses to “ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap interviewing Te’o; details to follow”
  1. be4bama says: Jan 18, 2013 10:31 PM

    I can hardly wait!!

  2. swagger91 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:39 PM

    I hope he be honest and admit his girl left him for bubble buddy from spongebob

  3. mungman69 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:50 PM

    Yeah: Just tell the truth.

  4. bills4 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:50 PM

    I heard she was two-timing on him with Snuffleufagus.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:06 PM

    Give it up. It was a publicity stunt. Enough already.

  6. bphoward says: Jan 18, 2013 11:10 PM

    Amazing. If Te’o tells the truth, but it’s not what you believe happened, then he must be lying. He’s damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. If Tuiososopo comes out and says Manti had nothing to do with it, then obviously he was paid by the Te’o family or Notre Dame. He’s already been tried, convicted and hung… just like the Duke lacrosse players were.

  7. pricecube says: Jan 18, 2013 11:12 PM

    Is it me or does it seem kind of incriminating that Manti has to have his attorney right next to him for the interview (in the ESPN PR photo)?

  8. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 18, 2013 11:19 PM

    He’s gonna confess to being just another Notre Dame douchebag.

    Nothing to see here really. He’s a liar, we know that. Graduating with honors from the Lance Armstrong School of Integrity.

  9. Deb says: Jan 19, 2013 12:01 AM

    @bphoward …

    No … here’s how it works:

    If Te’o tells a story that doesn’t match the verifiable facts, then he must be lying.

    It’s really simple, bp. If you’ve never met a woman, your dad doesn’t give interviews about how your eyes locked onto hers at a football game. He doesn’t give interviews about how she visited you in Hawaii. If you’re being duped, and you discover you’re being duped, you don’t continue to give interviews lamenting the passing of your nonexistent dead girlfriend.

    If Te’o tells a story that reasonably explains those confusing little details, then I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

  10. bphoward says: Jan 19, 2013 12:55 AM

    Deb, it’s very obvious you have already made your opinion on this matter. What could Te’o really say to change your mind? My guess is, apart from saying he was involved with the hoax, you are not going to believe what he has to say. The details that you, as well as many others, think are so damning, really are not if you have not already convicted him. I guess I have a different perspective on this since I met my wife online, and know the skepticism Te’o was facing. It’s much easier to tell people that he’s actually met her, than face the ridicule of developing feelings for someone you have never met in-person. The interviews you are also speaking of occurred approx. 2 days and 4 days after he received the initial phone call. Shock, embarrassment, disbelief… how would react if you had just been given quite possibly the biggest blow of your life? The question at the national championship press conference… if you have not actually listened to the question and answer…. I suggest you do. Don’t just read about it, watch the actual video of it.

    My point in my first comment is that people need to be careful when rushing to judgment. I’m the first to admit, I don’t know what happened, and guess what Deb… neither do you. Te’o could have just as easily been duped as he could have been a part of it. Unlike you, though, I will refrain from convicting him until ALL of the details are out. But again, I come at this from a different perspective.

  11. Deb says: Jan 19, 2013 3:02 AM

    @bphoward …

    Now … what did I just say? I said that I’ll listen to any reasonable explanation of the events thus far.

    As for you having a better understanding of all this because you met your wife online … you don’t have a monopoly on meeting people online. I work online and have contracted with clients for more than a decade without ever meeting them in person. We’ve worked together, become friends–I’ve even participated in a client’s wedding via conference call. I know how easy it is to get close to people via the Internet.

    I don’t know how it is to say I’ve looked into someone’s eyes when I haven’t or to continue talking about a tragic death after learning no death occurred. But … perhaps there is a logical explanation.

  12. bphoward says: Jan 19, 2013 3:43 AM

    Deb says:
    Jan 19, 2013 3:02 AM

    … you don’t have a monopoly on meeting people online.

    Wow… really? Did I ever say I was the only person in the world that had this experience? Did I say I had a better understanding? My quote: “I guess I have a different perspective on this since I met my wife online, and know the skepticism Te’o was facing.”.

    Guess Te’o is not the only one good at embellishing details to make themselves sound better, is he?

  13. ensirish says: Jan 19, 2013 9:40 AM

    Gullible; yes. Still a great role model and player. He made some mistakes but I guarantee we all make more mistakes than this kid that got sucked into a sick prank. For those that have followed him, you know what a great person he is. I look forward to following him in the NFL. Go Manti and go Irish!

  14. Deb says: Jan 19, 2013 3:17 PM

    @bphoward …

    How did I embellish? You made the ridiculous statement that you know where Te’o is coming from because you met your wife online, and I said you don’t have a monopoly on meeting people online. That’s a reasonable response to someone pretending he’s the only one who could possibly empathize. Do you work at being an ass or does it come naturally?

    In fact, I came back to this thread to tell you I’ve softened on my view of Te’o after reading the transcript of his interview with Schaap. I said that if he could provide a reasonable explanation for his behavior, I’d listen. And he unintentionally may have done so.

    During the interview, he mentioned offhand that Coach Kelly released the story of his girlfriend’s death to the media–which then, as they love to do–began asking him about the tragedy and building it into the football story of the year. Since he didn’t release the story, he couldn’t have been milking the story to get Heisman votes. Oh, I’m sure that was Kelly’s intention–but he didn’t know the bizarre details of the relationship when he chose to exploit it.

    When Te’o finally went to Kelly with his concerns about the relationship, “Coach Kelly just said she’s dead. That’s how we’re going to go about it. She’s dead.”

    Since Kelly told him to proceed as though the girl was dead, that would explain why he still spoke of her death after reporting the possible hoax to Notre Dame. Te’o may well be an extremely naive dupe in all this–one who was cynically used by his coach as well as some weird catfishers.

  15. bphoward says: Jan 19, 2013 5:21 PM

    Deb, I really debated whether or not to respond to you. However, I decided to since you at least weren’t as closed minded as you appeared to be. I was wrong about that and wanted to acknowledge that. You see what I did there? I admitted I was wrong, something you clearly are unable to do. I will pose my question from my last response, and please be specific. Where did I ever claim to be an expert or the only person who could ever understand the situation? So yes, you embellished what I said. And to answer your question, yes, it comes naturally…. especially when dealing with people who like to belittle others in order to make themselves look better.

  16. Deb says: Jan 19, 2013 9:00 PM

    Oh, bp, I admit I’m wrong on these blogs all the time. That’s because it happens frequently. Can’t admit I was wrong in saying you don’t have a monopoly on meeting online because the monopoly bit is a common expression and you made too much out of it. Embellished just isn’t a word that applies here. And I don’t belittle others to make myself look better. However, I enjoy these little football-blog skirmishes and am often guilty of using a bazooka where a slingshot would do. Sorry if I did that here.

    Yes, I’m persuaded by some of Manti’s comments that a Mormon kid could have gotten caught up in their mutual faith connection … and gotten embarrassed and squirrelly about having to admit to his dad that things weren’t adding up. I can see the possibility that this thing took on a life of its own and swept him along. Now I’m waiting to see how it pans out.

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