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Tell Us: Was Manti Te'o Involved in the 'Catfish' Hoax?

The Notre Dame linebacker has been topping news reports all week after it was discovered his dead girlfriend wasn't a real person.

When news broke that Manti Te'o's dead girlfriend wasn't real, news organizations including CNN and  ESPN hopped on the story and tried to get to the bottom of it. 

While Te'o and the Notre Dame Athletic Department maintain that he was the victim of a 'Catfish' type hoax , others aren't so hopeful. 

"Te’o actually thought the romance, which, like everything these days, started online, was for real," A  Chicago Sun-Times writer argues. "And when he found out he’d been goofed on, played like a high school geek who just received a 36-month swirlie — plus, he had played along with his own lies — he grasped for dignity and killed off the chick ."

The term 'Catfish' was popularized by a movie and subsequent TV show, which explores online relationships and shows them to be fraud a majority of the time.

Do you think Te'o was Catfished? Or was he involved the whole time? Tell us in the comments and tell us if you've ever been duped like this.

Matt January 19, 2013 at 03:36 PM
He was duped. If he was apart of it he didn't have anything to gain. Also it won't effect him in the draft. It's not like he took money like Reggie Bush and he wasn't arrested for DUI like his former team mate Micheal Floyd. Both where drafted in the first round. So bottom line is sports reporters are making a big deal out of this for no good reason.
Brian F Hickman January 19, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Te'o was a victim of a bad "put on". If you listen to his interviews during the season, you can see that he is a nice guy. Seems like the type of guy that someone could put on very easy. Not polished and 'cool' like the Joe Namath's, Tony Romo's of football. The press should leave the guy alone. He is pretty sincere in his beliefs!

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