Manti Te’o 101: Fake girlfriends, Catfish and Teoing.

Manti Te’o is an Hawaiian American football player who just ended his career with Notre Dame and now trending on twitter for allegedly duping us into believing he had a girlfriend. Wait, this sounds familiar,  are we talking about the Brady Bunch episode with George Glass? No, hmm okay. Te’o is claiming to be a victim of catfish. According to our trusted Urban Dictionary, catfish is defined as the following: a catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create fasle identities  particularly to pursue deceptive online romances. Creepy and just plain weird, I know. According to Te’o, he had a girlfriend, whom he then mourned, coincidentally the same time his grandmother died  (may she rest in peace and yes she is real). It was a heartbreaking story for the sports world, who reported that after finding out about the two deaths, Te’o suited up, played and led his team to victory. Yup, heartbreaking until it was revealed that his girlfriend never existed! Te’o was apparently clueless, although his relationship exhibited all the signs of a healthy relationship: late night on the phone until both fell asleep (the girlfriend was allegedly sick with  leukemia), texting all day, emails, etc, everything except ONE CRUCIAL THING KIDS, physically meeting the person! Call me human, but that is the number one rule when proclaiming you are in a relationship. So to make a long story short, Deadspin broke the news on its website that Te’o’s heart-wrenching emotional story was a hoax and now everyone is Teoing with their “significant (invisible) other,” join the air hugging fun!

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