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The Bizarre Case of Manti T'eo

Football Star with Imaginary Internet "Love" - Active Participant in Fraud or Poor, Deluded Man?

I regret that the nation is captivated with the thoroughly ridiculous story of Notre Dame University All-American football star Manti T’eo and his imaginary romance with a “woman” whom we have learned was a fabrication.

T’eo garnered the sympathy of many when he went public with the assertion that his grandmother and his “girlfriend” had passed away within close proximity to each other, but there was much more to the story than that which immediately met the eye.

His girlfriend, we learn, was an Internet creation, someone with whom he exchanged messages and to whom he had professed his love, but had never met despite having “known her” for a period of years.

Those that are following the story with rapt attention are attempting to determine whether T’eo was an active or passive participant in a hoax. Whatever the outcome, my armchair psychologist view would be that he is in need of therapy.

Someone that would perpetrate a fraud of this nature or would consider themselves to be not only in a “relationship,” but in love with someone that they had not met but could have met if the person truly existed, is an individual with  emotional challenges.

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Roger January 26, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Deception, deception, and more deception. We have three clear recent cases: Lance Armstrong, T'eo, and Beyonce (National Anthem at the Inauguration). We are becoming so accustomed to it that the attitude has degenerated to "so what?" I will save the examples from the political arena for another discussion, less this one quickly get derailed. When we become so jaded about the deception of others, we are now much more accepting when it happens, "so what?" That may be a fine defensive posture, but soon it creeps into more and more areas of our personal lives, "... if it is OK for them to do it, why not me?" Truth has become more and more scarce. We have exchanged truth for lies, know it, and believe it not to be wrong. This approach will only lead to disappointment (not only others, but ourselves), confusion, and loss of compass. Armstrong, T'eo, and Beyonce will all be given the green light by most, not as being forgiven, but "so what?" This is a sad commentary on the value of truth in our society.
Ed M January 26, 2013 at 01:22 PM
There is really nothing to see here! A bigger fraud is Ray Lewis and his plea bargin out of a murder charge.

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