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On how long the relationship has been going on:
-- Can't recall the exact length of time.
-- But the timetable does help support that fact that it was an online relationship only.
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Brian Te'o, Manti's father, told the South Bend Tribune of in-person meetings with the fictional girlfriend.
On discussing the details:
-- Te'o used the term "we met" but it was in regards to an online inquiry.
-- Several meetings were set up where she never showed, including some in Hawaii.
-- There are a remarkable number of characters involved in the hoax.
So Brian Teo is the liar?
POTW 11/9 to 11/15/2010
Swarbrick said several meetings between Te'o and the fictional girlfriend were set up in Hawaii and she never showed.
-- Every single thing about this was real to Manti until December ... the pain, grief and affection.
"That's the nature of this sad, cruel game."
Swarbrick: "The pain was real, the grief was real and the affection was real."
Swarbrick on why the university or Te'o didn't break the story themselves: "We didn't know a lot. Until the investigators had done their work, I didn't know if we were talking about a girl that faked her death or didn't exist."
On the story and how it should be handled:
-- There was a very rigorous approach on what Notre Dame should do. It was governed by a few things. First, however, there wasn't a lot known at the beginning...
"A girl that faked her death, a girl that didn't exist ... those details are significant to us."
-- Had to consider if it was someone trying to create an NCAA violation, disadvantage in a game -- all of those things were investigated.
-- But it was clear until more was known, had to continue to work behind the scenes to gather the facts.
Swarbrick: "Was there someone trying to create an NCAA violation at the core of this? ... Was there extortion coming?"
-- This is no different than circumstances that can affect any of the students in regards to confidentiality.
"This is Manti's story to tell."
All viable motives, Jack. Doesn't explain the week and a half of radio silence.
Swarbrick: "This was Manti's story to tell."
Swarbrick on what laws were broken: "I'm not allowed to practice law anymore."
-- Again, confirmation that Manti Te'o and Lennay Kekua never met in person...
Because they are investigating and respecting the privacy of a Notre Dame Student athlete. You are not #1 on the speed dial.
“This is that time when you say winning’s a choice.“
POTW 12/23-12/29, 2013
On the odd nature of the situation:
-- "It's hard for me to get my arms around."
-- First reaction to Te'o was as a father. Children in these scenarios are in danger.
Swarbrick's really dug in on this rhetoric. For his case I hope he's right.
Darragh is trolling
On the relationship:
-- It was online and telephonic. The details of who it was and who was playing what role is more difficult than that and finding those details.
Does this mean he gets to be on "Oprah?"
I may not be pretty, but I'm fast.....
POTW 1/31/11 - 2/6/11
No one's on speed dial, apparently. Don't think for a second that the benefits of being first to report versus the damage control needed via another outlet reporting wasn't considered. The question remains unanswered.
On whether Te'o's cousin/family friend were involved:
"That characterization does not square with my information."
I'm watching the press conference and I've got to say, I am really, really impressed with Jack Swarbrick. Before this episode, I have not seen him hold court with the press for any length of time and he is comporting himself with phenomenal professionalism.
In my opinion, Notre Dame Athletics could not be in better hands.
On the investigation:
"When it concluded, the one thing we were certain about was that it was going to get out."
-- Hoped the first person to tell it would be Te'o, but he didn't get that opportunity. He'll at least get that opportunity in the future.
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