Originally written January 16, 2013 on NESN.com:
This Manti Te’o story just keeps getting stranger and stranger. For those unfamiliar, it was widely reported that Te’o's grandmother and girlfriend died within days of one another in September. It was a story mentioned many times during the college football season, and was even used as reasoning for Te’o's Heisman candidacy by some. Deadspin reported on Wednesday that Te’o's girlfriend was fake. It’s still unclear how much involvement the Notre Dame linebacker had in hoax, but he had talked about meeting her and speaking with her on the phone in the past. To complicate matters further, Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Maui’a claims that Lennay Kekua, the name given to Te’o's fake girlfriend, is in fact real. Maui’a spoke to ESPN on Kekua and told them he met her in American Samoa in June 2011. “This was before her and Manti,” Maui’a told ESPN. “I don’t think Manti was even in the picture, but she and I became good friends. We would talk off and on, just checking up o
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