ROCKFORD - The story of Manti
Te'o and his infamous "catfishing" ordeal has been the focus of the national
limelight, but the concept of getting duped online is not uncommon. Sione Te'o goes by his American name Moak
Brown, he plays football for
"We started chatting and it go to me liking her a little bit and I tried to ask her out," said the offensive lineman.
Te'o says the girl
claimed to be a model and she was going to visit him in his hometown in
"She didn't call or text me so I just followed up on her with Facebook and I decided to look up her name and see who she is," said Te'o. "It turned out it was somebody else and this girl was different."
Being a Samoan, Sione Te'o says their laid-back way of life is one that might make them more susceptible to being "catfished". That's why he thinks Manti Te'o was actually taken advantage of.
"Most of us Islanders have humble hearts and we're loving people," said Sione Te'o.
"We love to give opportunity to people to be friends with and it sucks to have it just become broken off of somebody that's a hoax."
Sione Te'o says he's lucky he was able to catch his hoax much quicker than Manti Te'o did. He says the girl he interacted with was not nearly as involved as Manti Te'o trickster. And as a football player himself, he understands how a young man being the focus of national attention, found himself unable to extricate himself from such a big lie.
"Manti Te'o became a really big figure, especially at Notre Dame and because of him becoming a big figure it's hard to get out of that publicity," said Sione Te'o.
Our Te'o says he doesn't understand why people "catfish". He says many people utilize the internet for socializing because they're already shy. Playing a trick on those who are more vulnerable, he says, is just wrong.