Sure. Let the facts be fully disclosed before rushing to judgement. But look at it this way. The BEST case scenario is that he is the most gullible fool to almost win a Heisman, who has an imaginary girlfriend that he still feels comfortable exploiting on her deathbed... yes exploiting for sympathy even though he has never met her. Would any one of you commenting ever even think about doing something so stupid? The WORST case scenario is that he is a conscience-less sociopath. Either way it doesn't look good for this sad young man.
Exactly, we all know he knew the reality of the situation, if not at first then later and still did not come forward and reveal the truth.
Everyone has done things they regret, but this is awfully big, especially since his moral character was so highly regarded.
This stuff exists:
1.) His dad saying she came out to Hawaii to hang out w/ them.
"'They started out as just friends,' Brian Te'o said. 'Every once in a while, she would travel to Hawaii, and that happened to be the time Manti was home, so he would meet with her there. But within the last year, they became a couple. And we came to the realization that she could be our daughter-in-law. Sadly, it won't happen now.'"
2.) Te'o saying they met after a game in 2009.
3.) He dated this girl online for 3 years and never met her.
I don't know what the hell to believe. Either way, the guy carried on w/ this story months after her death.
Either way, they never skyped? They never met once in 3 years? She was in the hospital for a car wreck and he doesn't go see her? She is getting treatment for cancer and he never once visits his girlfriend? She dies and he doesn't go to the funeral? Really? What a terrible boyfriend.
I mean, you can be naive all you want, but this has shenanigans written all over it. And if he knew about it, then why the hell did he not come forward to clear his name about the whole thing. He was asked questions about it leading up to the BCS Championship. He didn't deny the relationship.