Te'o Tricked By "Sick Joke"?

Was Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o really the victim of a cruel hoax or was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in on it all along? That's just one of the questions being asked today after it was revealed that Te'o had been receiving sympathy over the loss of what appears to have been a fictional girlfriend. He's issued a statement saying he developed an emotional relationship with a woman he met online. He says the two maintained what he thought was an authentic relationship for months via online and phone contact. Te'o was then allegedly duped into thinking the 22-year-old woman was in a serious car accident and later died from leukemia. Deadspin.com reports there is no record that she ever existed. Te'o garnered national media attention for playing through the loss of his grandmother and girlfriend in a 24-hour period in September.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Ross Seitter with the Washington Senior American Legion Baseball Team. Seitter's batting average is .355 with an on-base percentage of .481. He is second on the team in stolen bases with 16 and he hasn't been thrown out this year. Ross bats second in the lineup with 26 rbi's and 45 runs scored.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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Thomas Jefferson, proponent of the Bill of Rights, could never have conceived just how many venues there are today for First-Amendment protected speech.

What he also could not have conceived is how this phenomenon of pervasive media has actually stymied, not enhanced, the free speech expression of presidential candidates.

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SPORTS CORNER

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The Washington Seniors will play in the Central Plains Regional this week, despite taking second in the state tournament in Sedalia over the weekend. With Iowa unable to put together the required 12-man roster for the tournament, two teams from Missouri get to go.