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Larry Brown Sports:
From Larry Brown Sports:
The person posing as Manti Te’o's girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, told the former Notre Dame linebacker in December that she faked her death in September in order to avoid drug dealers, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports.
According to a timeline of events provided by Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick on Wednesday shortly after Deadspin broke the story of Te’o's girlfriend being a hoax, the linebacker first realized something was wrong with the Kekua situation when he received a phone call from the number he associated with her while he was in Orlando for a college football awards show on Dec. 6.
The Star Advertiser says Te’o has told friends and family that the woman whose voice he knew to be Kekua’s called him in December and said she had to fake her death in September in order to avoid drug dealers. Te’o reportedly told friends and family that the woman tried to re-engage in a relationship with him. Te’o asked the woman to send him a time-stamped photo to help him sort through the matter. His suspicion remained even after receiving the photo, and he later told his family and the school about the scam.
Notre Dame said on Wednesday that Te’o alerted them about the hoax on Dec. 26, nearly three weeks after they say he received the bizarre phone call from the person posing as Kekua.
ESPN's Jeremy Schaap reported that Te'o told him a similar story about Kekua resurfacing in December with a story about having to avoid drug dealers.
Deadspin reported on Wednesday that a man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was behind the Kekua scam. Tuiasosopo reportedly admitted to a friend in December that he scammed Te’o.
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The woman who had photos from her Facebook page used to depict Lennay Kekua, Manti Te'o's girlfriend, has been identified as a 23-year-old California woman.
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New career goal: get name-dropped in a Taiwan Animation video.With the exception of WWE doing a Lennay Kekua/Little Jimmy joke on Monday, the most predictable thing to come from the reaction to Deadspin’s Manti Te’o I LOVE MUH DEAD GIRLFRIEND story is the response from Next Media Animation. Sometimes life lobs a ball in their direction, and it’s their job to do a bunch of...
By now, you’ve heard that Manti Te’o, Notre Dame’s defensive version of Tim Tebow, had a girlfriend who died only hours after his grandmother passed in September before one of the Irish’s biggest games, on the road against Michigan State. By now, you’ve also heard that the whole thing was a hoax. It’s still … Continue reading »
So basically everyone should know by now that Manti Te'o is lying through his teeth to protect his draft stock right???? Well, at least that's my opinion, which will hopefully be fact soon. Here is the article via the south bend tribune that says Te'o met his girlfriend after their game against Stanford. She was claimed to be a student there.
Manti Te’o is still one of the best linebackers to play the game at the college level. Te’o may have been the center of a sick hoax, but that does change the fact that he is one of the best players in the NCAA. Te’o has become the center of a internet hoax, he made up a cyber girlfriend who was reported to die on the same day his grandmother passed away. It turns out that the...
Late on Friday night, Notre Dame Fighting Irish star linebacker Manti Te’o broke his silence since his initial statement following the Deadspin investigative report on the shocking revelation that the backstory of his senior season was a hoax. Lennay Kekua was not a real person, therefore he never lost a girlfriend due to Leukemia on the same day that his grandmother died. Those...
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.
With the promotion, the first 1,000 fans entering the stadium...
Manti Te’o has been through Hell and back regarding his girlfriend..or the girl who was supposed to be his girlfriend…or a guy who was pretending to be a girl online to be his girlfriend. Whatever the case may be, Te’o isn’t letting the nay-sayers get the best of him. The good people of Funny … Continue reading »
Written By Clifford, Santa Monica Judgments about how a player projects at the next level should be based on that player’s body of work—not just one game. But for those who are inclined to put second things first, if NFL GM’s and head coaches are imbecilic enough to overlook Manti’s football ability due to the salaciousness of this past week’s revelations about his Internet...
Manti Te'o admitted thar the stories of his fake girlfriend Lennay Kenua as being “tailored” by him. No matter what Te’o wants to say about his knowledge of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, it is certain that he blatantly lied about certain aspects of the hoax. Te'o said, "Two guys and a girl are responsible for the whole thing... I don't know (who they are). According...
The New York Mets' Class-A minor league affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones, announced a "Fictitious Friday" promotion to capitalize on the Manti Te'o fake girlfriend hoax.
A mocking press release from the New York-Penn League team said that they are talks with the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Leave it to an arm of the Mets...
That pretty much sums up how I feel at this point. In the past, I've been accused of having many words, but nothing to say. And while I can easily defend myself against that statement, I find it ironically fitting at this moment. This is what happens after you reach a certain point where you can no longer listen, read, or talk about a subject with any passion, interest...
I've been trying to wrap my mind around this Manti Te'o mystery for 16 hours since the report by Tim Burke and Jack Dickey was published on Deadspin. Incredibly, that single story has almost 3 million hits in less than a day. It has captured the sports world like no story I can ever remember. It's made Lance Armstrong's groundbreaking interview with Oprah airing...
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o had a fake girlfriend. The story by Deadspin published on Wednesday first asserted that, and Notre Dame confirmed it in a press conference later in the day.
At this point we know that Te’o lied in some capacity about the story. He either:
a) Was part of the hoax and lied for some twisted reason (Deadspin reports his motivation was to gain publicity...
Welcome to the Fallout - So, did anything interesting happen last night?
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o spoke to ESPN's Jeremy Schapp about Catfishgate Friday night.
We're caught in a trap I can't walk out.
Drew Sharp warns about getting too caught up in Catfishgate. (The Detroit Free Press)
I've seen the future, and it will be....