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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.
The university says that Notre Dame coaches were informed by Te'o and his parents on Dec. 26 that Te'o had been the victim of what appeared to be a hoax. Someone using a fictitious name ''apparently ingratiated herself'' with Te'o, the school said, then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had died of leukemia.
The university said ''the proper authorities'' are investigating a ''very cruel deception.''
After Notre Dame upset Michigan State in East Lansing on September 16, Te'o spoke to FOXSportsDetroit.com about losing Kekua a few days earlier.
"It was hard," he said. "I lost a woman who I truly love, but I have a family around me and my football family. At the end of the day, families are forever and I will see them again someday.
"It is a great escape. I will be honest, throughout the game, you are thinking about it. But football allows me to be in a little realm, a little world that I know. I can honor them by the way I played.
"It was for them -- for my girl and grandma -- and for all my loved ones who have passed on. They are all watching. It was a happy moment."
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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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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...
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...
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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...
A University of Notre Dame graduate who launched a campaign to
raise money for a cancer research group in memory of linebacker
Manti Te'o's girlfriend says he is ''shell-shocked'' to learn the
woman didn't exist.