Holes in Te'o's Story Raise Eyebrows

Holes in Te'o's Story Raise Eyebrows

"Maybe I sound too convinced," ESPN's Jeremy Schaap said at one point during his breathless 14-minute live report just after interviewing Manti Te'o for two-and-a-half hours late Friday, "but I'm just telling you the way Te'o told his story, I found him very believable."

It may be that the only way Te'o can convince the rest of America he's believable is to sit down one-on-one with each and every citizen, like he did with Schaap, and tell them his story from start to finish. Because out-of-context voice and text snippets from a late-night off-camera interview aren't likely to garner Te'o sympathy for a saga so strange, so convoluted and so unrelatable to most. It may be that few ever believe Te'o to be the innocent hoax victim he claims he is, but there's little doubt at this point that he believed it -- to an almost frightening degree.

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