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This is the point many are making- something is not right here... As the story states- he mentions his Non Existent GF twice after finding she never existed?
His story is full of holes. This is sad any way you look at it.
This post was edited by SBS1980 18 months ago
He has to make a statement
Arizona Cardinals fullback mentioned her yesterday ... after a reporter alerted him that she was a fabrication.
Crazy story all around.
His only logical explanation is that he was so embarrassed that he carried on not knowing what to do.
Really hard to believe at this point - gotta think there is info out there we have yet to learn..
I must admit that over the course of my legal career, I have
often looked to heaven and thanked God that, in the American
system of justice, trials take place in courtrooms where the accuser
is forced to precisely state and prove that which the alleged
perpetrator is accused of doing and the accused is provided with
an opportunity to debunk the accuser's apparent rapier
claws and sometimes, his ingeneous witticisms.
Case in point: the fact that Manti may have made those
statements post December 6, 2012 in no way detracts
from his basic point that he was the victim of a hoax, knowing
nothing of the fraud until that date. As Jack Swarbrick has
stated, Manti evidently did not want to go public until he had
had a chance to talk with his parents, face to face in Hawaii
over the Christmas holidays. His explanation, if pressed, is
that he did not choose to recant the girlfriend story until he
had talked to his parents, so he went along with the questioner.
Now, you might not totally believe that explanation but, it is
an explanation that supports other facts in evidence. In short,
the remarks are in no way a "smoking gun."
Or maybe he didn't know what was going on. He got a call, but wasn't sure what to believe. Kid may have been in a daze. It's not like he mentioned her Jan. 7
Articles like this need to be read carefully. The author claims that Manti "perpetuated the heartbreaking story" of his dead girl friend "not once but twice after he supposedly discovered (she) never even existed. He substantiates this with references made by Manti on Dec. 8 and Dec. 11, claiming that Manti knew of the deception because of a phone call from someone purporting to be Lennay on December 6. However, records indicate there were subsequent calls between this individual and Manti leading up to his December 26th meeting with Brian Kelly and Bob Diaco. Nowhere does it state definitively that Manti had come to believe she wasn't dead at the time of those interviews, only that he had received suspicious phone calls. Maybe he knew, maybe he didn't, but it's pure speculation presented as fact by the reporter.
Of course, supporting evidence is provided by reporters like Rick Telander with his comment that this could only happen at Notre Dame, where "given the choice between reality and fiction, Notre Dame will always choose fiction." Or Chicago Tribune columnist, John Kress, who wrote the university's failure to call a news conference and go public sooner means "Notre Dame is complicit in the lie."
There's no need for Manti to come forward with a full disclosure. The court of public opinion has all the facts it needs already.
I may not be pretty, but I'm fast.....
POTW 1/31/11 - 2/6/11
Hemy and Greg Bell, as is often the case, our similar remarks crossed in mid-delivery.
No, these guys will never be confused with Woodward and Bernstein. Why do they assert that Manti was obligated to run to the press and humiliate himself immediately when he, himself, did know all the detail of what happened? It is unclear what motive was in action as this relationship evolved and then ended, by either party. It is clear what motivates these reporters and truth and facts aren't on that short list.
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