It has been speculated that Te’o knew the relationship was a fake, but he went along with it to gain more votes for the nation’s most coveted college football achievement, the Heisman Trophy.
Others who know Manti say his character is too solid to knowingly be catfished.
By pretending to be a female, Tuiasosopo was able to have the relationship he so desired.
It may seem like people would never be so dishonest, but there’s an entire television show dedicated to catching people committing the shameful act of catfishing. Anyone who was unfamiliar with the act of catfishing was introduced to it in 2012.
This is when former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was seduced into a phony, long term relationship.
This may hold especially true for student athletes, but there are others who become susceptible to this deviant behavior.
It’s important for people who date online to recognize the signs of catfish online dating.
The victim and the catfish are often times people who know each other well, and strong friendships can be lost.