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An anonymous Notre Dame teammate of Te’o spoke to Jackie Peppers of who has formerly worked for ESPN, Fox Sports and the NFL Network and now has her own site Pepperonsports.com, sheds light on what is really going on. Here is what he had to say. The Notre Dame football player, who asked for anonymity, told Pepper On Sports, “No we all knew he had only seen her once. But when the media was saying how he went through both deaths we knew,” said the source, referring to the back-to-back deaths of Te’o’s grandmother and girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who allegedly died of Leukemia. In defense of the Heisman Trophy candidate, the source said he believes the lie may have indeed started with somebody duping Te’o using a phony twitter account, and eventually, faking their own death. Early in my conversation with the source, the Notre Dame player said, “He lied, but the media blew it up.” In response to my follow-up question asking if the source thought that Te’o kept the story going because of the media attention, the player replied, “Yeah. Right after the Michigan [State] game. He should have never brought her in the media. His grandma passing was enough.” When asked if he thought Te’o was a good actor, the player replied, “Very good.” This sounds accurate to me, but instead of manning up, Te’o will play the victim. The reality is it was his attention whoring that got him into the situation he is in now. Here is the best case scenario theory for Te’o and there are a lot of wild rumors going on, but it is possible originally he was Catfished, but once the media picked up the story, he didn’t dare admit that the person he was talking to wasn’t real. Just like with most lies they started to stack on top of each other and got bigger and bigger to the point Te’o was simply in too deep. Once he realized he had been duped and it was possible he could get exposed he confessed to Notre Dame claiming he was the victim. Unless you are a Kardashian do not push your luck with Attention Whoring, you will get exposed.
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An investigative report from Deadspin revealed that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's girlfriend was really a hoax.
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This is a must read from SI.com of an unedited interview with Te’o that just raises a ton of more questions, but the most telling is Te’o confirming he met his fake girlfriend in person.
Notre Dame says their relationship was just online.
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...
As more and more information comes out you can either believe one of two things.
Either Te’o came up with this on his own to cover up a bigger story or he found out he was being duped and continue to lie to the media.
A student on the Notre Dame campus wrote an op-ed piece on the situation and believes it is the latter.
We all saw this coming. Well, not ALL of this — but enough...
Potentially forever destroying the legacy of the most decorated defensive player in college football history, Deadspin.com reported earlier today that the girlfriend of University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o never existed. Days before the 6-foot-2, 255 pound … Continue reading →
As Manti Te’o, Notre Dame, and Catfish gain momentum in the national media, we are all left with more questions than answers.
If you have been hibernating for the past 24 hours, had your iPhone on that new “Do Not Disturb” setting, or simply don’t care enough about sports to view ESPN 24/7, then you can find out about the incident here, here, and here.
As more facts continue...
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We've seen our share of silly minor league promotions, but this one might take the cake. The independent Florence Freedom will be having a "Manti Te'o Girlfriend Bobblehead Day" during a game in late-May, making light of the ridiculous scandal in recent days involving Notre Dame's star linebacker.
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Notre Dame says a story about Manti Te'o's girlfriend dying, which he said inspired him to play better as he helped the Fighting Irish get to the BCS title game, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker.
The university issued a news release Wednesday after Deadspin.com reported it could find no record of Lennay Kekua existing.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Not once but twice after he supposedly discovered his online girlfriend of three years never even existed, Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te’o perpetuated the heartbreaking story about her death.
An Associated Press review of news coverage found that the Heisman Trophy runner-up talked about his doomed love in a Web interview on Dec. 8 and again in...
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...
The rumor-mill known as Deadspin dropped a bombshell of a story when they reported that Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and the inspiring tale of him playing through the death of his cancer-riddled girlfriend was actually a hoax.
Not only was the story a hoax, they claim the so-called girlfriend never existed at all.
This comes just a couple of weeks after Alabama’s thrashing of Notre...