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@JS He did send flowers. White roses. He didn't attend the funeral because "she" made him promise to stay with his team. If Manti asked about an obituary, guess who he would have asked - he would have asked her "brother" who undoubtedly would have had an answer for that too (we decided not to do an obituary, respect for family's privacy, yada yada yada). Congratulations to you Captain Obvious for asking the same obvious questions that any low rent con man would be prepared to answer. They're professional (or at least semi-professional) con men so give them credit for covering at least the most basic tracks.
Try and catch up before jumping to conclusions.
1 year, 8 months ago on Manti Te'o talked about his girlfriend's passing at the Heisman Trophy presentation after finding out it was a hoax
@livefreer Very funny. But if you follow the story the "imaginary girlfriend" label is misleading. It's more accurate to say his girlfriend was not really who she claimed to be. Because apparently he really did talk to a girl on the phone, and that girl talked to his friends sometimes too. He also talked to Tuiasosopo's 9 year old sister who was portrayed to be the girlfriend's cousin. It was very involved and the perpetrator "groomed" him to gain his trust in the same way that pedophiles do. Money was probably an ultimate motive but it wasn't like "she" asked for money the very first time they chatted as if it's one of those Nigerian emails. Manti was more like Rachel McAdams character in Wedding Crashers when she really thought Owen Wilson's character was an investment banker.
@nd luva @LIVE from Baltimore The hell he wasn't asked about her. It was the same question he'd been asked 100 times before, something along the lines of "dealing with tragedy". He just answered the question the same way as he did the other 99 times. Why? Could be a number of reasons. Could have thought the "I'm not dead" phone call he got 2 days earlier was the hoax. Or the most likely reason in my mind is that being duped that way was humiliating and he intended to avoid or at least delay the humiliating media firestorm. Maybe he thought let's just get through the next 4 weeks and then the season will be over, I'll have graduated, and maybe it all just fades away. Had he said the most challenging part of the season was the death of his grandma (without mentioning Lennay) that would have been a huge red flag that something was amiss and he clearly wasn't ready to divulge that.
Bottom line, the theory that he was a conspirator and not a victim is ignorant, especially if you see the all the reports that came out in the last 18 hours.
"Why would he go on television December 8th and voluntarily talk about how emotional it was finding out about his girlfriend's death?"
Because he DID find out about it and it WAS emotional. His grief from mid September until early December was real. The proper question should be why did he let people continue to believe the story instead of revealing that he was duped? That's the million dollar question that Manti must answer but the most logical reason to me is that the truth was humiliating and was hoping the story would just eventually fade away without anybody ever finding out that he was a sucker. May have also been driven by loyalty to his teammates to avoid a media firestorm while they should all be focused on preparing for the national championship game. He succeeded in that regard, not that it really helped as it turned out.