Former Teo teammates fire back at anonymous interview source
Posted: 01/17/2013 at 6:00 pm
By: Bill Beck
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In this Nov. 17, 2012, photo, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o sings the alma mater following their NCAA college football game against Stanford in South Bend, Ind. A story that Te’o’s girlfriend had died of leukemia — a loss he said inspired him to help lead the Irish to the BCS championship game — was dismissed by the university Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, as a hoax perpetrated against the linebacker. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
In this Sept. 15, 2012 photo, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o points to the sky as he leaves the field after a 20-3 win against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. In a shocking announcement, Notre Dame said Te’o was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose “death” from leukemia was faked by perpetrators of an elaborate hoax. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, James Brosher)
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Notre Dame’s Kapron Lewis-Moore (89) screams as he runs to the sidelines to celebrate the game winning field goal at the end of the game over Purdue at Notre Dame September 8, 2012. ¬(Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
Notre Dame’s Kapron Lewis-Moore is helped off the field during the first half of the BCS National Championship college football game against Alabama Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Kapron Lewis-Moore and John Goodman used their individual Twitter accounts Thursday to voice displeasure with an anonymous Fighting Irish football player who was quoted by web journalist Jackie Pepper of “Pepper On Sports.”
In an interview with Pepper, the unnamed player said the Manti Te’o girlfriend story involving Lennay Kekua, which was weaved into the story concerning death of Te’o’s grandmother in September of 2012, was a lie all along. The deaths of Kekua and Te’o’s grandmother were reported to have happened during the first week of September 2012.
“No we all knew he had only seen her once,’’ the player is quoted as saying, “But when the media was saying how he went through both deaths we knew.”
The player, who referred to Te’o as a “very good’’ actor, also told Pepper, “We would never bring it up. But we would look at him when he would get all emotional during media about his girl.”
On social media, Goodman and Lewis-Moore fired back late Thursday afternoon.
Said Goodman via Twitter (@jgoodman81):
“Who do u think u r? If you were on the team, chances r ur reading this. I hope u see it. Embarrassment. Classless. People r gona find out ... Whichever one of our teammates kept their name ‘anonymous’ in that PepperOnSports article is a complete coward and I hope they r embarrassed.”
Lewis-Moore (@KLM_89) posted:
“You bled and sweated we all went through 2 a days, Went through this special season and you gonna say stuff like that... Seriously. #LOW”