Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend Was A Hoax


Deadspin broke the news that broke the Internet this afternoon that Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te’o’s from Notre Dame’s famed dead girlfriend was a long running and elaborate hoax. It’s a very complicated story, but was summarized by Deadspin writers Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey in these paragraphs:

There was no Lennay Kekua. Lennay Kekua did not meet Manti Te’o after the Stanford game in 2009. Lennay Kekua did not attend Stanford. Lennay Kekua never visited Manti Te’o in Hawaii. Lennay Kekua was not in a car accident. Lennay Kekua did not talk to Manti Te’o every night on the telephone. She was not diagnosed with cancer, did not spend time in the hospital, did not engage in a lengthy battle with leukemia. She never had a bone marrow transplant. She was not released from the hospital on Sept. 10, nor did Brian Te’o congratulate her for this over the telephone. She did not insist that Manti Te’o play in the Michigan State or Michigan games, and did not request he send white flowers to her funeral. Her favorite color was not white. Her brother, Koa, did not inform Manti Te’o that she was dead. Koa did not exist. Her funeral did not take place in Carson, Calif., and her casket was not closed at 9 a.m. exactly. She was not laid to rest.

Lennay Kekua’s last words to Manti Te’o were not “I love you.”

Deadspin identifies Te’o friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo as the man behind the creation of the fake girlfriend and suggests that friends of Tuiasosopo’s believe Te’o was aware of the hoax.

This evening Notre Dame released a statement claiming that Te’o was hoaxed and that he never met Kekua. The problem is that past statements by Te’o and his family don’t jibe with the new claim that this was an online-only relationship.

At the end of the day there are probably three possible outcomes to the story, once all the facts are in…

  1. Te’o is incredibly naive and really was hoaxed by Tuiasosopo and possibly an unknown female.
  2. Te’o was complicit in the fictional story of his relationship with Kekua.
  3. Te’o and Tuiasosopo were involved in a relationship and created the hoax girlfriend to divert attention.

It’s anyone guess at this point which of those is true…

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  • Imaginary lovers
    Never turn you down
    When all the others turn you away
    They’re around…

    • Commander_Chico

      the official music video.

  • SteveCrickmore075

    It appears that this is the case of another narcisstic psychopathic athlete (“Fortunately, I have many wonderful things in my life, and I’m looking forward to putting this painful experience behind me as I focus on preparing for the NFL Draft”). or coach manipulating naive, unwitting ‘sports journalists’, and then their sponsors like Notre Dame cover up for them, because sports, especially college sports are big business, and rely on public loyalty to their brand image, or colors even if it is a sham.

    • Commander_Chico

      He might just be retarded. You know, I heard it’s easier to get into college if you’re a good football or basketball player. Is it true?

      • SteveCrickmore075

        He was on a athletic scholarship, but he and his dad were undoubtedly milking the tragic ‘Love story’ publicity to further his career chances of winning the Heisman trophy as the nation’s most outstanding college football player (he came second) and a higher draft position. What is amazing that this had been the biggest emotional college sports story of the year and not one journalist had bothered to check it out. .The deadspin journalist who broke it, said that in less than a minute googling for any information on Te’o’s girlfriend ,he suspected she was fake. The other supposed journalists were too busy writing their fairy tale fantasies that he was a humble superman overcoming …blah blah “listen to this” it was all about me.

        • jim_m

          You’ve been pulling enough stories out of your ass lately that you shouldn’t be criticizing others.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            I wonder what wizbang’s new editorial line will be on Lance Armstrong.. as of tomorrow, perhaps no comment or more likely dead silence.

          • jim_m

            First: It has not been determined what the extent of Te’o’s involvement was or if he was at all complicit in the hoax. Your allegation that he was is currently without proof.

            Second, ND has come out and stood behind him saying that he was a victim in this. I suspect that they may know more about it than you and I would be surprised if they were willing to double down on a lie.

            Lastly, There is nothing surprising that the so-called journalists of today failed to investigate even the most superficial aspects of a story. Journalists today are some of the most incurious people on the planet. They sure as heck accept propaganda from any left wing government like it is a revelation from God. What is surprising is that gullible loons like yourself have yet to figure this out.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            I would certainly put my trust in deadspin, (they have a very good b.s detector and I have been reading them for sometime), than I would in the Notre Dame athletic director Swarbrick that T’eo was a victim, but that’s me!

          • SteveCrickmore075

            Swarbrick is the same mealy-mouthed bureaucrat who defended the football program after student videographer Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old native of Long Grove, was sent into that scissor lift in the high wind and died when it collapsed in October 2010.

            Swarbrick said then that the weather conditions before the tragedy were “unremarkable,” even though Sullivan told friends on social media that there were “gusts of wind up to 60 mph” and he was afraid he would die.

          • LiberalNightmare

            Whatever wizbangs editorial slant is, yours will be, as always, racism.

  • MartinLandauCalrissian

    Hard to believe anyone could be as stupid as this football dope.