Te’o had a girlfriend. He says that the locked eyes at a Stanford game in 2009, that she was a Stanford student and that they fell in love. Cut to 2012 when the girlfriend supposedly comes down with leukemia and tragically passes away on the same day as Te’o’s grandmother (who did, it should be noted, really pass away, which is legitimately sad). All sorts of news media picks up on the death of his grandmother and girlfriend, they conduct written and video features on the bravery of Te’o, how he shined in the face of adversity. Brian Kelly even awards a game ball to the girlfriend.
Welp. It turns out that it was all a lie. The girl never existed. It was all made up.
If you haven’t done so yet, do yourself a favor and read the whole story over at Deadspin because that brief paragraph up there doesn’t do justice to the whole tale. It is the best story I have read in a very long time.
In the mean time, conspiracy theories ABOUND! Was Te’o catfished? Was he in on it in order to drum up publicity for his Heisman trophy run?
If you are going to say that Te’o got catfished than that in itself raises a gazillion different questions such as, ‘If Te’o is such a good guy, why in the world didn’t he visit his dying girlfriend in the hospital?’
If he truly was ‘catfished’ than that may be even more pathetic than if he had invented the story in the first place. Te’o, you’re a Heisman trophy candidate. Meet the girl.
I refuse to believe that somebody can carry on a relationship since freaking 2009, never meet the person and then be shocked when it turns out they weren’t real. Something is fishy about all of this. It is bananas. And I can’t get enough of it.
Te’o cashed in on all his false heroics. He did the interviews, he bought into what he was selling. Now it’s time to pay the piper. I’m sorry man, that’s just the way it goes. Only in America!
This post was written by Adam Thomas