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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets fan who hit female Patriots fan ID’d as ex-con who killed man 10.22.13 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Predators at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Wizards at Pistons, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Jazz at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Barcelona at AC Milan, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


‘€¢ The Jets fan who was caught on videotape punching a female Patriots fan in the face was identified as an ex-con from New York named Kurt Paschke.

The New York Daily News reported that Paschke, 38, served three years in prison in the 1990s for fatally stabbing another man in 1992 outside a pizza parlor. Both Paschke and the victim were 17 at the time.

An unidentified relative of stabbing victim Henri Ferrer told the paper that Paschke’s father is a Long Island-area policeman.

“He’s dangerous and he thinks he’s untouchable because he’s the son of a police officer,” the relative said. “He got away with murder.”

Added Ferrer’s father: “Anybody else would probably get arrested for that fight [at the Jets game]. As far as I’m concerned, he should spend quite a few years in jail. That’s what he deserves.”

In the video that made the rounds on the Internet Monday, Paschke is seen punching a woman the Daily News identified as Boston-area resident Jaclyn Nugent.

Paschke’s mother claims her son, who has Jets season tickets, was protecting her during the fight at MetLife Stadium. She blamed the Patriots fans for antagonizing them throughout the game and starting the brawl.

“He’s the victim, really,” Colleen Paschke said. “He was just concerned for his mother and himself.”

‘€¢ A Forbes magazine poll of 1,100 people 13 and older determined that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick remains the most disliked NFL player, while Patriots QB Tom Brady checks in at No. 8.

Vick, who was released from prison four years ago after serving 19 months for his role in a dog-fighting ring, was named by 53 percent of respondents to finish 5 percentage points ahead of Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o, the Heisman Trophy runner-up from Notre Dame who was involved in a bizarre story involving a fictitious girlfriend. Next on the list is oft-penalized Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh at 43 percent.

The rest of the top 10 consists of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (40 percent), injured Jets QB Mark Sanchez (40), Bears QB Jay Cutler (33), Cowboys QB Tony Romo (32), Brady (25), Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (24) and Lions running back Reggie Bush (22).

‘€¢ New 76ers coach Brett Brown said Monday that he doubts first-round draft pick Nerlens Noel will play at all this season. Noel, who hails from Everett, tore his ACL during his lone season at Kentucky. Four months later, he was drafted sixth overall by Philadelphia, which apparently is willing to be patient.

“I doubt, everybody doubts that he’s going to play this year,” Brown said. “We don’t want to waste this year. I think from a skill perspective, it’s an opportunity for us to break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero.”

Noel’s agent, Andy Miller, insisted Noel’s plans are undetermined for this season.

“There have been no decisions made at this time,” Miller said. “He has been doing his rehab vigorously.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 22, 1975, the Red Sox lost Game 7 of the 1975 World Series to the Reds, 4-3 [Editor’s note: corrected score]. Which rookie pitcher surrendered the game-winning run in the top of the ninth?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Dodgers, Diamondbacks brawl after Yasiel Puig hit 06.12.13 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Stanley Cup finals: Bruins at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Indians at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Indiana Fever, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


‘™¦ The Dodgers and Diamondbacks had a beanball battle Tuesday night, and unlike the Red Sox-Rays a day earlier, this one featured more physical confrontations.

The dispute started when Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy hit rookie phenom Yasiel Puig with a fastball that deflected off Puig’s shoulder and grazed his nose. It came in the sixth inning and apparently was retribution for Zack Greinke hitting Cody Ross the previous inning. Greinke responded by plunking catcher Miguel Montero in the back in the seventh.

“Puig gets hit in the face, Montero gets hit, it should have been really over at this point,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, adding: “If you can’t pitch inside without hitting someone in the head, you shouldn’t pitch inside.”

It wasn’t over. In the bottom half of the inning, Kennedy hit Greinke high on the left shoulder, with the ball apparently deflecting up into Greinke’s helmet, and was immediately ejected.

“That’s when it kind of got out of hand,” Los Angeles catcher Tim Federowicz said. “You can’t do that.”

The dugouts and bullpens emptied, and the coaches inflicted and received most of the damage. Mattingly threw down Arizona coach Alan Trammel, Diamondbacks coach Turner Ward was driven into a railing, and Dodgers coach Mark McGwire and Diamondbacks counterpart Matt Williams grabbed and pulled on each other’s jerseys while having an angry exchange.

“Everything happened so fast,” Mattingly said. “It just gets a little crazy out there.”

Said Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario: “I was out of my mind just trying to protect my teammates. If you want to hit somebody, don’t hit a pitcher. Don’t hit guys in the head. That’s crazy.”

Said Montero: “It got pretty ugly. They came out of nowhere, just throwing punches. When everybody was trying to break it up, they just kept coming and throwing punches. It was like 25 against 72, because all the DL guys were out there, too. I guess their arms were feeling pretty good because they were throwing good punches.”

Following six ejections, Los Angeles went on to win the game, 5-3.

‘™¦ Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o met the media Tuesday for the first time in a month and talked about the team keeping him under wraps as he transitions from an eventful senior year at Notre Dame.

“Coach [Mike McCoy] and the organization had a plan for me,” Te’o said. “That plan was to prepare me the best way for the season. We’re out here for football. I think that’s the bottom line. The plan was for me to focus on football, focus on getting my head in the playbook and just trying to make that transition as quickly as possible. I definitely have reaped the benefits of that and am thankful that I’ve had the time to just focus on the plays and focus on what goes on on the field. That has definitely helped me improve each day.”

Te’o insisted he hasn’t been distracted after the fallout from his fake girlfriend controversy.

“When we’re out on the football field, everything else doesn’t matter,” he said. “Thankfully for me, I’m surrounded by a bunch of teammates who have really pushed me to be better. All they care about is that No. 50 is working his butt off. I’ll take care of the work ethic part and for them, they just make sure that I’m going in the right direction. Personally, that hasn’t been difficult at all.

“We have a saying in the defensive room: `Keep the main thing the main thing.’ I’m here to play football. I’m here to be the best Charger I can be and I’m not going to let anything get in the way of that. We’ll keep the main thing the main thing.”

‘™¦ Sergio Garcia left a note in Tiger Woods‘ locker Tuesday at the U.S. Open in Ardmore, Pa., after he was unable to set up a face-to-face meeting between the golf stars to address their recent dispute. After the two feuded through the press last month, Garcia made a racially insensitive joke and said he wanted to apologize.

“I did leave him a note — a handwritten note,” Garcia said. “And hopefully, he can take a look at it. It’s a big week and I understand that it’s difficult to meet up and stuff. So hopefully, I’ll be able to do it. If not, at least he has read the note and he’s happy with that.”

The two had a brief exchange Monday, when Garcia approached Woods and shook his hand at the practice range.

“We didn’t discuss anything,” Woods said. “Just came up and said, ‘Hi,’ and that was it.”

Added Woods when asked if Garcia apologized: “No. It’s already done. We’ve already gone through it all. It’s time for the U.S. Open.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 12, 1984, the Celtics defeated the Lakers in Game 7, 111-102, to win their 15th NBA title. Which Celtic scored a game-high 24 points?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Texans’ Antonio Smith warns Manti Te’o to expect to be ‘butt of every joke’ 03.06.13 at 7:54 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Pacers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Bulls at Spurs, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Michigan at Purdue, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Villanova, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Richmond at VCU, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UConn at South Florida, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Minnesota at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: New Mexico at Nevada, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Stanford at California, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Avalanche at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
World Baseball Classic: Japan vs Cuba, 5 a.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Dominican Republic at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)


‘™¦ Texans defensive end Antonio Smith was frank about the rough treatment Manti Te’o should expect to receive should he get selected by Houston in next month’s NFL draft.

“Our locker room is full of clowns and, oh, man, people would kill him,” Smith said in an interview with NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk. “I mean, he would be the butt of every joke for at least two, three years.”

Smith said the former Notre Dame linebacker will need to show he can take some kidding about his fake girlfriend situation if he’s going to succeed in the NFL.

“You’ve just got to be a good sport, man,” Smith said. “It is what it is, and, you know, it is out now, it’s out in the papers and on TV, so all you can do now, you can’t worry about it, you can’t change it, al you can do now is laugh — laugh with us while we’re laughing at you.”

‘™¦ The NBA on Tuesday fined Thunder center Serge Ibaka $25,000 but did not suspend him for his chop to the groin of Clippers forward Blake Griffin, and that did not sit well with some other NBA players who felt the league was being inconsistent with its discipline.

Clippers forward Matt Barnes, who has a history of aggressive behavior, was suspended one game in February for pushing Timberwolves center Greg Stiemsma in the neck. Tweeted Barnes on Tuesday: You can INTENTIONALLY grab or hit someone in the balls & not get suspended, but you push someone & get suspended. #ImConfused

And: Let me or Metta World Peace do that & I guarantee its a 5 game suspension .. I luv *how* there are different rules, for different people!

Meanwhile, LeBron James wondered why Heat teammate Dwyane Wade was suspended one game in December for his kick to the groin of Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions.

Tweeted James: So explain to me the difference? My teammate gets a 1 game suspension and 150k+ taking away from him for his groin altercation #strangetome

‘™¦ Grambling State became the first Division 1 college basketball team to go through the regular season without a victory. The Tigers did not even stay within single digits in all 27 of their losses.

Said coach Joseph Price: “Look at it this way: It can’t get worse.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 6, 1986, which Bruins forward recorded his 600th NHL point with two goals in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Nordiques at Boston Garden?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Lance Armstrong, Manti Te’o most disliked athletes in national poll 02.07.13 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Lakers at Celtics, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Bulls at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (WGN, TNT)
College basketball: Clemson at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Indiana at Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Old Dominion at Drexel, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Belmont at Murray State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Washington at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Texas A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Colorado at Oregon, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at Santa Clara, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Capitals at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)


‘™¦ According to a Neilsen/E-poll survey sponsored by Forbes magazine, Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o are America’s most disliked athletes.

Both Armstrong and Te’o appeal to just 15 percent of the public.

“The Oprah [Winfrey] interview hurt [Armstrong],” Nielsen senior vice president of sports Stephen Master said. “He came off as pompous, arrogant and unapologetic.”

As for Te’o, “The story was just so creepy,” Master said.

Rounding out the list are golfer Tiger Woods (19 percent appeal), Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (21), Lakers guard Metta World Peace (21), Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (22), Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (23), NASCAR driver Kurt Busch (27), Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (27) and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (27).

‘™¦ In a strange story out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a top running back recruit abruptly canceled his signing day announcement at his high school Wednesday, reportedly because his mother took his letter of intent and went home, unhappy that he wanted to attend Arkansas.

Andrea McDonald wanted her son, Alex Collins, to stay closer to home and sign with Miami, and she refused to sign the papers. Collins announced in a TV appearance on Monday night that he was going to Arkansas, changing his earlier stance.

Said Collins’ older brother, Johnny: “She’s having anxiety. I know she preferred him to go to UM. Alex had said he was going to the U, and then all of a sudden he changes his mind. We found out he was going to Arkansas on TV.

“They still needed her signature. You can’t sign yourself over. It’s in black and white. But I didn’t expect any of this to happen. I’m as confused as everyone else.”

‘™¦ The 1865 Brooklyn Atlantics baseball card discovered by a Maine man at a yard sale was auctioned Wednesday for $92,000. The Library of Congress said last month that it has the only other known copy of the team photograph, considered to be the first dated baseball card.

Neither the seller or buyer were identified, but Saco River Auction Co. manager/auctioneer Troy Thibodeau expressed satisfaction with the outcome.

“We’re happy with it and consigner is happy with it,” Thibodeau said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 7, 1999, which Patriots defensive player was named co-MVP of the Pro Bowl after helping the AFC to a 23-10 victory?

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Manti Te’o deletes Twitter account 02.06.13 at 11:30 am ET
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Manti Te’o‘s Twitter account, through which he communicated with the person pretending to be his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, has been deleted.

Te’o’s handle, @MTeo_5, disappeared from Twitter during the Super Bowl broadcast Sunday, and a source told that Te’o will be off the social networking site for an indefinite period of time to prepare for the NFL draft. The draft combine begins Feb. 20.

Te’o dropped from No. 6 to No. 12 in the latest version of ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper‘s big board, which Kiper attributed to positional value, rather than the increasingly bizarre girlfriend hoax that has surrounded Te’o over the last month.

According to, Te’o’s potential marketing deals have also taken a hit, and the previous promotional deals that had been discussed for him are now not at the same prices as before the hoax was revealed.

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Ronaiah Tuiasosopo tells Dr. Phil he was molested as a child 02.01.13 at 10:51 am ET
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Ronaiah Tuiasosopo told Dr. Phil McGraw that the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax he allegedly created had “everything to do” with trying to escape from his real life because he had been molested as a child.

In the interview, the second part of which aired Friday, Tuiasosopo told McGraw he was molested repeatedly by a family friend beginning when he was 12. He did not identify that alleged family friend by name and didn’t say whether he had told the police about his claim.

Tuiasosopo said that creating Lennay Kekua, Te’o’s ‘girlfriend,’ validated him and allowed him to live in an alternate world and have a different identity. He also apologized to Te’o during the portion of the interview that aired Friday.

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Ronaiah Tuiasosopo tells Dr. Phil he was voice of Manti Te’o’s ‘girlfriend’ 01.30.13 at 12:27 pm ET
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Last week, reports surfaced that the person Manti Te’o spoke with on the phone for all those months was Ronaiah Tuiasosopo‘s cousin, Tino Tuiasosopo. Now, though, Ronaiah has confessed to Dr. Phil McGraw in an interview that will air Thursday that he himself was the one on the phone with Te’o, pretending to be Lennay Kekua.

“There were many times when Manti and Lennay have broken up,” Tuiasosopo said, “but something would bring them back together, whether it was something going on in his life or Lennay’s life or in this case my life.”

Tuiasosopo also told McGraw that, for him, the relationship became a romantic one, and that Te’o had no idea it was him on the other end of the phone.

“Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love,” McGraw told NBC. “I asked him straight up, ‘Was this a romantic relationship with you?’ And he says yes. I said, ‘Are you then therefore gay?’ And he said, ‘When you put it that way, yes.’ And then he caught himself and said, ‘I am confused.’ ”

Many who think Te’o was in on the hoax have theorized that he did it to cover up being gay himself. When Katie Couric asked him if he was in their interview last week, though, he denied it.

“No, far from it,” he said, then repeated it with emphasis. “Far from it.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s female cousin said to be voice of Manti Te’o’s ‘girlfriend’ 01.25.13 at 7:49 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Yale at Cornell, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Hawks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Spurs at Mavericks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Loyola (Md.) at Manhattan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Green Bay at Milwaukee, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)


‘™¦ On Thursday, the lawyer for the man said to be behind the hoax involving Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o claimed that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was imitating a woman’s voice during phone conversations with Te’o. However, the New York Post reported Friday morning that the voice was actually Tuiasosopo’s female cousin, Tino Tuiasosopo.

“Tino is the girl that Manti has been talking to all these months,” a Tuiasosopo cousin told the paper.

A Tuiasosopo relative said Ronaiah took the blame because he “is determined to take the rap.”

Te’o released voicemail messages of the woman to ABC’s Katie Couric for his interview that aired Thursday. Said Te’o: “It didn’t sound like a man. It sounded like a woman.”

Said the Tuiasosopo cousin after hearing the tapes: “There is no doubt whatsoever that it’s Tino.”

‘™¦ A report came out Thursday that the Jets were considering trying to trade Darrelle Revis, who can become a free agent after next season. That did not sit well with the standout cornerback.

Tweeted Revis: I’m speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!! I guess will see how this plays out.

Coach Rex Ryan, who once called Revis the greatest player in franchise history, had little to say Thursday.

“You guys know how I feel about Darrelle,” Revis said. “But as [new general manager John Izdik] said, all decisions will be made in the best interest of the football team.”

‘™¦ With John and Jim Harbaugh set to do battle in the Super Bowl, the website Sports on Earth has a list of the top sports siblings of all-time. The Harbaughs barely make the list at No. 10.

The list is headed by hockey’s Sutter brothers, followed by tennis’ Williams sisters and football’s Manning brothers. The only Boston connection is the DiMaggio brothers — Yankees great Dom DiMaggio and his brothers, Red Sox outfielder Dominic and journeyman outfielder Vince, who started out with the Boston Braves.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 25, 1956, which former Red Sox infielder and manager was elected to the Hall of Fame?

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Lawyer: Voice of Manti Te’o’s ‘girlfriend’ was man 01.24.13 at 12:15 pm ET
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The lawyer for the man accused of perpetrating the girlfriend hoax involving Notre Dame star Manti Te’o told the New York Daily News that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was the voice of Lennay Kekua for the many phone conversations with Te’o.

Tuiasosopo, who was president of his high school’s drama club, has had vocal and dramatic training.

“[Te’o] thought it was a female he was talking with,” lawyer Milton Grimes told the Daily News. “It was Ronaiah as Lennay.”

Grimes said Tuiasosopo was not attempting to embarrass Te’o.

“This wasn’t a prank to make fun,” Grimes said. “It was establishing a communication with someone. ‘€¦ It was a person with a troubled existence trying to reach out and communicate and have a relationship.”

Asked specifically what Tuiasosopo hoped to gain by the hoax, Grimes said: “I wouldn’t describe his issues at this time.” He added that his client is seeing a mental health professional and wants to tell his story.

“He’s torn by this,” Grimes said. “He didn’t mean for anyone to be hurt. Anything that he has done, he has apologized to those he could apologize to.”

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Manti Te’o admits lying about dead girlfriend, but only after learning he was victim of hoax 01.23.13 at 8:55 am ET
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Manti Te’o told Katie Couric that he lied about his online girlfriend in the weeks between finding out she didn’t exist and acknowledging that fact to Notre Dame officials.

“Katie, put yourself in my situation. I, my whole world told me that she died on Sept. 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on Sept. 12,” Te’o said in his first TV interview on the situation, to air Thursday on Couric’s syndicated talk show.

“Now I get a phone call on Dec. 6, saying that she’s alive and then I’m going be put on national TV two days later,” he continued. “And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?”

Te’o said that up until he got that phone call, he believed Lennay Kekua was a real person and was not lying about her existence. However, after he found out in December, he talked about her to the press multiple times, continuing the narrative that had already been established by numerous news outlets.

Te’o’s father maintained that his son, up until he found out Kekua was not real, was the victim of a hoax and that he had not made up the story himself for personal gain.

“People can speculate about what they think he is. I’ve known him 21 years of his life. And he’s not a liar. He’s a kid,” Brian Te’o said with tears in his eyes.
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