Jackie Pepper has an exclusive interview with an anonymous football player with Notre Dame who says that teammates were suspicious as far back as September about his dead girlfriend. The source does believe that the lie may have started with someone else duping the eventual Heisman candidate, and faking a death. Then, the story continued to grow after the Michigan State game. The anonymous player said that teammates knew that Te’o had reportedly only met the girl once.
“We would never bring it up. But we would look at him when he would get all emotional during media about his girl,” the player said.
When asked if he thought Te’o was a good actor, the player replied, “Very good.”
Where does that leave us? Well, waiting for Manti Te’o and his representation to circle the wagons and provide more than a released written statement, I suppose. Because so far, we have the school and Te’o saying he was duped, plenty of earlier stories providing a variety of details presumably originating with Te’o, an anonymous teammate saying it built due to media attention and Te’o was good at lying, and an Arizona fullback saying the girl is real and he met her.
Craziest story ever, no matter where it ends up.