By now everyone is familiar with the Manti Te’o saga, so naturally a similar incident concerning the Redskins is the most likely follow up. A stir has been created after a Redskins personnel member and former player, Philip Daniels, reported of a person faking to be a young woman she was not and attempting to meet numerous Redskins players.
According to Pro Football Talk:
At least four players on the Redskins were duped during the 2012 season by a person posing as a woman who was sending them messages online and hoping to meet them in person, Jeff Darlington of NFL.com reports.Players attempted to meet her in person but nothing ever came of those meetings.
To be clear, this is a far cry from Te’o situation: Te’o spent months telling people a nonexistent person was his girlfriend, then spent more months telling people he was grieving the death of a nonexistent person, and continued that latter story even after he found out the girlfriend didn’t exist. In the case of these Redskins players, it was simply a matter of exchanging online messages with a person they thought was a woman they might be able to meet in person, then never being able to track her down. There is no indication that any of the players lied or did anything improper, or that the person posing as the woman who wanted to meet them attempted to get money or anything else from them.