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Last night Jack Swarbrick's unwavering support for Manti Te'o was a strong message. The school could have tempered its response, left a back door to separate itself from the potential wrecking ball of a story the Te'o hoax still could become. But Swarbrick went out of his way multiple times to put his neck on the line for Te'o.
There are a few things he said that are still bugging me as I mull them over this morning. The biggest is this:
I asked Swarbrick why Te'o waited 20 days after learning about the hoax on Dec. 6 to tell his coaches or anyone at Notre Dame what had happened. He said: "He wanted to talk to his parents and he wanted to talk to them in person."
The problem is that Te'o was with his parents on the night of Dec. 6 — and the 7th, and the 8th and 9th. They were touring the country together as he collected a slew of national awards. Why couldn't he talk to them then?
I thought it was Dec 26th??
I dont really blame him for not coming right out with the story. Its embarrasing to say the least! He probably sat on it, and hoped it would just go away...
LET'S GET IT ON!!!!!
Dan, there are a number of questions. This one might be understood in the same context that Manti did not want to disclose the nature of his relationship with Lannay in the first place. He's a proud individual and the more this got publicized, it's likely the more embarrassed he got, and had to keep covering his tracks. It's the old "what a tangled web you weave, when at first you try to deceive" phenomenon, even if his deception was one of omission, by not owning up to the reality (or lack thereof) of the relationship. So, now he's on this historic tour, garnering every possible award, save one, I can see it might be hard to find the right moment to tell mom and dad that his dead girl friend wasn't really dead. At that point, I'd probably be looking for a hole to crawl into. Who knows? Maybe he did tell mom and dad right away, and now he was lying to Jack. More than a few things don't add up, but most of them seem to occur after her supposed death, and how he then handled it publicly.
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So, Dan, you said there were a number of things that bothered you and you only noted that? Put yourself in the kids shoes. He probably was in disbelief. He probably needed some time to process the news.
And, as far as the anonymous teammate, just one man's opinion.
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I listed the biggest one that was stumping me this morning. Other questions, like the face-to-face meeting Te'o's father described in the South Bend Tribune and Te'o's relationship with Ronaiah Tuiasasopo (the alleged perpetrator), are still perplexing but we were told last night that Te'o would address those in the near future, possibly today.
You're right, I would guess he was probably overwhelmed with disbelief when he first heard from the pranksters on Dec. 6. If you're asking me put myself in his shoes in that situation, I would probably confide in my family about my confusion and hope my parents could help me sort through what would have been an earth-shattering revelation.
Wasn't the phone call not saying that is was a hoax, but that she was not dead? He may have tried to sort things out himself, rather than get the university involved, but when he came up short, he had to turn to them for help.
I am not getting a warm and fuzzy about this at all. Believe me when I say I want to and will give Manti the benefit of the doubt on any of the many questions that are swirling around in my head right now. But it seems as if, when one question is "answered" it is raising other questions. One question it seems to be answering is why his head was not in the National Championship game on the 7th. But it also begs other questions, such as:
1) Who else on the team, if anyone else, was aware of this prior to the National Championship Game?
2) Was Brian Kelly aware of it? (Just seemed to me, and I even commented it to my wife as we were watching the massacre, that Kelly just didn't seem to have his head in the game).
3) Did that in anyway have influence on his consideration to interview for the Eagles job?
Dan, I think your sixth sense concerning unanswered questions is spot on. I wish JS left some wiggle room for the University should this story spin way out of control. Hoping for the best, but looking for more incoming.
This is ugly,
P.S. Just heard an excerp for JS's news conference and he did qualify his support somewhat by saying "...based upon what I have learned..." Will that be enough cover should he need it?
Dan couple others?
To not bring in the authorities when there has been either fraud at worst - faking a death I think is a criminal act no?
The reports of the meetings dont sit well w me... it feels a bit like a cover- but again an example from my personal life currently:
Was moving back to SF (here now) to live with a girl TEMPORARILY until I found a place w a girl I met on line and I was embarrassed enough to tell a white lie about knowing her a bit personally (in person) as to not worry friends and family- so I can see why he would say he met her- but ... I was not feeding the national media...
I get a feeling more is going to come out about this. I hope im wrong but it seems some things need more explaining.
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