ND Star Football Player’s Inspirational Girlfriend Story a Hoax (Video)

This is soooo bizarre…
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te o told reporters he was duped after it was discovered his inspirational story about a dying girl was a hoax.

The AP reported:

Not long before Notre Dame played Michigan State last fall, word spread that Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o had lost his grandmother and girlfriend within hours of each other.

Te’o never missed a practice and made a season-high 12 tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in a 20-3 victory against the Spartans. His inspired play became a stirring story line for the Fighting Irish as they made a run to the national championship game behind their humble, charismatic star.

Te’o’s grandmother did indeed die. His girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, never existed.

In a shocking announcement, Notre Dame said Te’o was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose “death” from leukemia was faked by perpetrators of an elaborate hoax. The goal of the scam wasn’t clear, though Notre Dame said it used an investigative firm to dig into the details after Te’o disclosed them three weeks ago.

The hoax was disclosed hours after Deadspin.com posted a lengthy story, saying it could find no record that Kekua ever existed. The story suggests a friend of Te’o may have carried out the hoax and that the football player may have been in on it — a stunning claim against a widely admired All-American who led the most famed program in college football back to the championship game for the first time since 1988.

** Manti Te’o will hold a press conference later today.

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  • Ghost

    how could this happen?
    how could such a Grand Hoax be perpetrated? and everybody just believed it?
    Nobody?! was curious enough to ask any questions?

    I can’t believe a hoax like this could exist? No Way! not in our modern society where information is everywhere, I mean, nobody could keep a secret like this, right?

    I dunno, I believe this hoax story is a hoax,
    and you all now are Hoax-irthers.

    Stop Bothering me with all this hoax nonsense, I wanna be left alone to believe whatever I wanna believe, and besides I wanna be cool and hip, and going along with this hoax of a hoax is not a good way for me to stay with the “in-crowd”, the “cool crowd” – Y’KNOWW!

  • Pink Tie Republican

    He clearly was in on it, in a bid for the Heisman. Otherwise he is dumb as a box of rocks.

  • B.O. don’t know diddley squat

    I bet she knows (Julia) Obama..
    You think she was a composite of GF’s just like Julia?
    I’m thinking Barack and Julia and Kekua and Manti had dinner one evening.

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  • ★FALCON★

    This schmuck will be confessing to his role in this deliberate fiasco – or his NFL career will be over before it starts.

    According to Te’o – he is the victim of a hoax, yet, Te’o also claims he met her. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/01/17/cardinals-

    “She was tall,” Mauia said. “Volleyball-type of physique. She was athletic, tall, beautiful. Long hair. Polynesian. She looked like a model.”

    Here is the original story – http://deadspin.com/5976517/manti-teos-dead-girlf

    2010-2011: Te’o and Kekua are friends. “She was gifted in music, multi-lingual, had dreams grounded in reality and the talent to catch up to them” (South Bend Tribune). “They started out as just friends,” Te’o’s father, Brian, told the Tribune in October 2012. “Every once in a while, she would travel to Hawaii, and that happened to be the time Manti was home, so he would meet with her there.”

    Hoax reveals “Reba’s” photo stolen from Facebook to further Hawaiian Hoax Number Two.

  • http://Nah,he'llblameitonBush mountainwilliam

    Anything for 15 min. of fame. Nobody could possibly believe with all his money that he had an online relationship and never went to meet the girl. Guess he thought it would help him in his bid for the Heissman.

  • BlueStateRepub

    I got 99 problems and a bitch ain’t one…cuz the bitch ain’t real.

  • JDR-Taq

    This is FAR more important than Obama’s fake BC. Or Benghazi. Or Fast & Furious. Or the ten thousand holes in the Sandy Hook Massacre story.

    Yes, let’s focus on a celebrity football player getting taken by a con.

    WOW! the MSM is less than worthless.

  • B.O. don’t know diddley squat

    Man ti Te’o……………………………Barack Obama

    Born Hawaii………………………….Born Hawaii (shrugging)
    Notre Dame………………………….Chicago
    (outside Chigago)
    Fake online gf (Lennay)…………..Fake composite gf (Julia)
    All American FB player……………..Throws like a girl

    3 out of 4 aint bad..If Obama had a fake son,we found him

  • Lim Lynn

    The Moral of the Story is don’t believe everything but investigate till all possibility that is eliminated. Thus, it’s proven to be hoax. Who cares about it.

  • Multitude

    Welcome to the Culture of Obama. Elections have consequences… we all now have the right to create whatever histories we wish as our own. That and $7 million dollar vacations, many times a year.

  • tj

    Don’t feel bad Manti.. you had a fake girlfriend.. we’ve got a fake pResident!

    Hawaii.. looks like a lot of tall tales originate there!!!

  • tj

    btw.. if the press did half the job on Obie’s eligibility as they did about Manti’s GF.. we wouldn’t have this gun grabbing dictator sitting in the White House..

  • B.O. don’t know diddley squat

    Breaking News:Barack Obama has found Lennay Kekua’s birth certificate

  • NitneLiun

    NoSuch Dame.

  • Objective Analysis

    Up is down. Down is up. Man, Notre Dame and Taoi thinks he has to create a hoax like this to get attention instead of let your field do your talking?

    I think he is gay.

  • Chris W.

    Notre Dame should expel him if he hasn’t graduated already. This is conduct unbecoming of a person in his high-profile position.

    So he has a girlfriend who he’s never actually seen in person? I call BS that he is a victim here. No way. Star Notre Dame linebacker can’t get a flesh-and-blood girlfriend and settles for one online that he has never actually spoken with? Nerd and sad, lonely people have that happen to them, not superstar college athletes. He is a liar, through and through.

    It wouldn’t be a big deal, except for the fact that he milked goodwill and sympathy and no doubt got a lot more votes for his various awards because of his “feel good” story.

    Expelled. Go get your degree elsewhere, you fraud.

  • shadow

    I wanna be left alone to believe whatever I wanna believe,

    Spoken like a true right winger.

  • shadow

    NoSuch Dame.

    Cute.

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  • mercador

    #1 Wake up and smell the coffee. There is one being perpatarted and he is in the WH

  • mercador

    perpatrated ( I think)

  • Chippy

    We have a lil boy in the White House who claimed his dad was a goat herder when he met his mom from Kansas at the keynote speech for the 2004 Democratic Convention. This is the same guy who wrote a fake story on “Julia”. Wrote books about his father he never knew.

    We have Lance Armstrong who made millions using steroids and lying about it for years. And now Manti Te’O.

    Money was donated to all three people above by the public in good faith. The news media heralded all three to be more virtuous than everyone of us. And yet this morning you have Jim Grey saying that “everyone does it.” Ummm! No Jim just you and your friends in the media do it!

  • Lim Lynn

    @mercador
    it’s perpetrated spell check proof.

  • Big Al

    WHAT? Who the f**k cares? C’mon.

  • Sasja

    Gossip. Some of you would fit right in with my neighbor’s old ladies gin (the booze and card game) and tonic Thursday.

  • http://GatewayPundit Lovies Bad Karma

    New Notre Dame fight song :

    TE’O..TE’ O

    Girlfriend not come and me wan’ go home

    TE’O..TE’O..TATATA’O

    Work all night on a drink of rum
    An’ play with my banana til’ the mornin’ come

    TE’O..TE’O..TATATA’O

    Girlfriend not come and me wan’ go home…………..

  • Skinner

    Hmmm…he’ll be coming out the closet next

    No hoax, just desperate camouflage

    Dad was in on it too

    Hawaiians don’t care for gays much? Not manly enough brah?

  • dmacleo

    bet he gets a book, a senate seat, then onwards and upwards from it.
    composite people from someone idolized by others.

    I dunno, I know nothing of the person so he actually be a great person. I just don’t know and don’t care.

  • Kissmygrits

    He got his girl friend like he ‘got’ Alabama running backs.

  • Marie

    Strip him of his awards.

  • Pink Tie Republican

    Obambam wants him for his new “body man”.

  • Lim Lynn

    We have a much more important issues to address still.
    http://beforeitsnews.com/economy/2013/01/new-bill-threatens-your-gold-and-silver-rights-2479622.html
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    New rules, regulations, and even fees for precious metal purchasers.

  • el polacko

    it would have been much less ’embarrassing’ for him to have just come out of the closet rather than thinking that he had to invent a sick, dying girlfriend. yes, there’s homophobia in sports but there’s also a lot of gay men. it’s time for everybody to accept reality for the mental health of everyone involved. nobody should be forced to lie about their life.

  • Restless

    For me, this is more of an indictment on journalism than on Te’o. Why wasn’t this uncovered a lot sooner? As a reporter, I’ve covered stories like this. One of the FIRST things you do is verify the death by finding an official obituary or death notice. You find out when and where the funeral was/is, and contact the funeral home. Most reporters – whether people like the tactic or not – try to contact family or friends of the deceased. I’d also be online and be making phone calls, digging into the background of this young lady, finding out where she was born, where she attended high school, and I’m going to try to find pictures or videos of her. I can hear my news director’s voice: “Hey – let’s do a feature on this girl. Let’s find out what she was like… the kind of person she was.”
    If reporters had done these things sooner, they would have discovered, “Wait a minute. Can’t find an obituary. No funeral. No funeral home with arrangements. No family or friends to be found. No record of her at Stanford. Hmm…”

  • Steve

    We have the ND Athletic Director, Jack Swarbrick’s Press Conference posted on CC now…

    http://commoncts.blogspot.com/2013/01/press-conference-manti-teo-girlfriend.html

  • America in decline

    Barack Hussein Obama had a “composite” girlfriend too –

  • Sean

    29-yeah,that is what I have heard.

  • lynno

    He should just come out, I guess it’s cool these days to anounce your orientation.

  • ejazzyjeff

    What gets me mad, is that they are claiming he is the victim! What ever happened when you got caught doing something stupid, just confess you screwed up and ask for forgiveness? Nope, its always has to be somebody elses fault.

  • Lim Lynn

    @tj
    That’s true we had fake pResident in White House.
    @B.O. don’t know diddley squat
    Interesting similarity hope the birds with the same feather will flock together.
    @America in decline
    True about that. -Nodding my head-

  • http://theburningtruth.us Casey Hendrickson

    This stuff happens all the time. I have a background in information technology before I became a radio talk show host (I’m currently in South Bend, IN and covering this story). I can’t tell you how common this is.

    I have no doubt he was duped, but it also appears that he continued to carry the story on when he found out. Question is, is that admirable that he did so to allow his team to focus on the game?