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Just amazing work by Deadspin to break this story with the shocking details about Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’0‘s girlfriend, the one who supposedly died from leukemia, actually never existed.
When the story started to break yesterday, Te’o released this statement:
This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her. To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone’s sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating. It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother’s death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life. I am enormously grateful for the support of my family, friends and Notre Dame fans throughout this year. To think that I shared with them my happiness about my relationship and details that I thought to be true about her just makes me sick. I hope that people can understand how trying and confusing this whole experience has been. In retrospect, I obviously should have been much more cautious. If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was. Fortunately, I have many wonderful things in my life, and I’m looking forward to putting this painful experience behind me as I focus on preparing for the NFL Draft.
Notre Dame released this statement on their Facebook page around the same time.
Notre Dame Statement: Manti Te’o
On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te’o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.
University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President
What about the pictures of Lennay Kekua that news outlets were showing? They were of another girl. The girl told Deadspin one of those photos likely was shared by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.
There is a connection between Tuiasosopo and T’eo, with some Twitter conversation between the two. Friends and family of Tuisosopo believe he made up Kekua.
When and how did T’eo find out? This is an excerpt from a Notre Dame’s Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick news conference.
On the morning of Dec. 26, very early morning, Manti called his coaches to inform them that while he was in attendance at the ESPN awards show in Orlando, he received a phone call from a number he recognized as having been that he associated with Lennay Kekua. When he answered it, it was a person whose voice sounded like the same person he had talked to, who told him that she was, in fact, not dead. Manti was very unnerved by that, as you might imagine.
There are two thoughts right now; the innocent thought, is that T’eo is a victim but the more devious thought is that T’eo created this story with Tuiasosopo in a scheme for publicity.
I gotta be honest, I’m confused as ****. It is very odd that T’eo would refer to a woman that he never met, touch, or kiss as his girlfriend.
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SI: How did you meet her?
TE’O: We met just, ummmm, just she knew my cousin. And kind of saw me there so. Just kind of regular.
SI: How long...
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