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“He Was Treated Horribly and He Was the Victim”: NFL Fans React to Lebron James’ Stance on Manti Te’O After Watching His Netflix Documentary

Published 08/28/2022, 12:00 PM EDT

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NFL fans are very well aware of sports documentaries. Especially, the ones that are made of football players. In the past, there had been several such biopics of some of the greatest athletes to have played the sport. Streaming giants like Netflix are always on the front seats to have given some of the best documentaries of pro athletes in recent times. And no doubt, fans just loved it. Recently one such documentary was released on former linebacker Manti Te’o, who had a tumultuous personal life and became a victim of catfishing. Turns out, the NBA star LeBron James is himself a fan of this broadcast, and recently gave a shout-out to the veteran.

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The “Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist” released an episode surrounding the life of Manti Te’o, on August 16 . It showers light on the catfishing incident he faced a few years ago.


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Although it seems like an embarrassment showcased in front of a large-scale audience, the real motive behind the movie was to make people aware, and what exactly happened to him and brought his entire NFL career to a halt.

Recently, the Lakers star LeBron James came forward after watching the episode and extended his support for the linebacker. “Manti Te’o, you good brother!!” he wrote on Twitter.

This controversial story was filmed by Chapman and McClain way, the directors specialize in sports documentary filming. “I think we got a little bit lucky,” Champan Way said about working with Te’o.

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“The Manti Te’o catfishing story is a little bit of a white whale in sports documentary film-making… I think we got him (Te’o) at a really good time. His NFL career was winding down, so I think he felt like he could be open, and raw and truthful about everything that happened.” He added to his explanation.

Fans react to LeBron James for extending his support to the linebacker

Per the reports, this documentary is worth a two-hour investment. And celebrities like LeBron James heaping praises for such documentaries attract more audience.

For those who don’t know, One user mentioned that he was the victim of catchfishing.


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While another user viewed that the documentary wasn’t that great.

This user shared a funny meme on this context.

Another user joked on how it would have looked like, James watching it with his sons.

While this user shared a basketball court incident.

However, this user appreciated James’ efforts to post something like that.


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After stepping out of the league in 2021, the linebacker never returned to the field. San Diego Chargers drafted Te’o in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Later on, he played with New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears in his career.

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Deepesh Nair


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Deepesh Nair is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having started his career in journalism as a trending news writer, he has published around 500 articles for various media portals. Although Deepesh comes from a Computer Science background, his fondness for writing has persuaded him to create his career in it.
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Gurjyot Singh Dadial