Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 1/19/13
Yesterday Deadspin editor Timothy Burke and writer Jack Dickey revealed that Lennay Kekua, girlfriend of star Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, never existed. Kekua’s supposed death of leukemia in September had become a big part of the Manti Te’o mythos. ESPN, NBC, and any number of other media outlets passed along the story that Te’o missed Kekua’s funeral, at her request, to play against Michigan State, one of the best games of his career. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly even gave Te’o the game ball in Kekua’s honor. But, as Notre Dame officials learned on December 26, and everyone else learned yesterday afternoon, Kekua was a hoax. We don’t know for sure whether Te’o was in on the hoax (and, if so, what his motivations were for doing so) or whether the Heisman finalist was a victim, suckered into a relationship with a woman who lied about her identity and later staged her alter-ego’s death. Either way, the story of Lennay Kekua is as fascinating as it is absurd. While it is morally reprehensible
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lane Kiffin claims to have footage of Nick Saban dancing at karaoke jam

Report: John Elway developing reputation for being coach-killer

Jay-Z takes umbrage to LeBron James anointing himself ‘King of New York’

Report: Kelly reached agreement with Florida, can back out

Broncos officially name Paxton Lynch starting QB for Week 12

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mike Zimmer colorfully praises Case Keenum over gutsy play

Trump calls LaVar Ball a ‘poor man’s version of Don King’

Blake Griffin out partying at 3 a.m. with Kendall Jenner after blowout loss to Knicks

Reggie Jackson's trolling in an NBA of long-tailed narratives

Top storylines for college football's Rivalry Week

Gabby Douglas says she was also abused by Larry Nassar

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

NFL Week 12 predictions

College football Week 13 predictions

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

The Eagles are soaring but to what heights?

2017 Week 13 college football players to watch

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

Sports & Politics Intersect: Is Jerry out of his league?

The 'Wheelin' and Thielen in Minnesota' quiz

Follow Ben Simmons as he leads us to the NBA's unknown future

Entertainment News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

NFL Week 12 predictions

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

The Eagles are soaring but to what heights?

2017 Week 13 college football players to watch

The 'Wheelin' and Thielen in Minnesota' quiz

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

NFL Week 11 injury report

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker