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Phil Coke On Manti Te’o: ‘Have You Met (My Imaginary Friend) Steve?’

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By Jeff Riger

Of course, as players were interviewed at the Tigers caravan, we had to find out if any player had a reaction to the Manti Te’o hoax story — and pitcher Phil Coke was just the player to go to.

It might surprise you while making you laugh.

Coke said he’d never heard of it, saying, “I’m not really a media (person.)”

Then his memory was jogged, and Coke remembered the fake girlfriend tale.

“Who am I to tell this beast of a football player that his personal life has anything to do with me, his personal life is his personal life, if he wants to make stuff up, make stuff up … If that’s what’s making him so awesome on the football field …”

Then Coke introduced us to his very own special friend, Steve.

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