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Manti Te’o Story A Hoax!

THERE WAS NO “DEAD GIRLFRIEND” We’ve always believed Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was overrated … a contention validated during the Irish’s epic-egg-laying in the 2013 national championship game against Alabama. But is Te’o also a liar? The website Deadspin claims T’eo’s inspirational story about overcoming the adversity of losing both…

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THERE WAS NO “DEAD GIRLFRIEND”

We’ve always believed Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was overrated … a contention validated during the Irish’s epic-egg-laying in the 2013 national championship game against Alabama.

But is Te’o also a liar?

The website Deadspin claims T’eo’s inspirational story about overcoming the adversity of losing both his grandmother Annette Santiago and his girlfriend Lennay Kekua during the 2012 season is nothing but an elaborate hoax. Or at least the “dead girlfriend” part of it was …

From the website’s seismic report:

Manti Te’o did lose his grandmother this past fall. Annette Santiago died on Sept. 11, 2012, at the age of 72, according to Social Security Administration records in Nexis. But there is no SSA record there of the death of Lennay Marie Kekua, that day or any other. Her passing, recounted so many times in the national media, produces no obituary or funeral announcement in Nexis, and no mention in the Stanford student newspaper.

Nor is there any report of a severe auto accident involving a Lennay Kekua. Background checks turn up nothing. The Stanford registrar’s office has no record that a Lennay Kekua ever enrolled. There is no record of her birth in the news. Outside of a few Twitter and Instagram accounts, there’s no online evidence that Lennay Kekua ever existed.

The photographs identified as Kekua—in online tributes and on TV news reports—are pictures from the social-media accounts of a 22-year-old California woman who is not named Lennay Kekua. She is not a Stanford graduate; she has not been in a severe car accident; and she does not have leukemia. And she has never met Manti Te’o.

Wow …

The Deadspin reported goes on to lay out an extensive timeline of Te’o’s “relationship” with the nonexistent woman – strongly suggesting that the story was concocted in an effort to generate publicity for the star linebacker (who finished second in the 2012 Heisman Trophy vote).

According to officials at Notre Dame, Te’o is the victim – not the perpetrator – of the hoax.

“On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te’o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia,” the University stated.

Te’o issued a statement shortly thereafter.

“This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online,” he said. “We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her. To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone’s sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.”

Despite his poor performance in the 2013 national championship game, Te’o remains a likely top ten pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Obviously how this matter is resolved will go a long way in determining his future. If Te’o really was the victim of a hoax, as he claims, then it’s likely he will pick up public support. If it turns out he was in the publicity stunt, he stands to lose millions of dollars in endorsement money.

What do you think happened here? Vote in our poll and post your thoughts in our comments section below …

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20 comments

Smackatee January 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm

what WASN’T a hoax was Eddie Lacy running him over like a bull.

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I'llBeYourHuckleberry January 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm

He wasn’t the victim of anything. It was all orchestrated. F*cking scumbag!

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Silvio Dante January 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm

WTF is this world coming to?

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Fleet January 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Notre Dame’s AD is having a press conference at 8:00. You can watch it live on their website. I’ll withhold judgement until I have more facts.

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MeadowMuffin January 16, 2013 at 7:54 pm

GOTTA have that PUBLICITY if you’re gonna be a WINNER!

Translation: “Bullshit runs deep and still smells like Bullshit…

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Silvio Dante January 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Exactly. If true, this one goes a bit beyond changing how the name Theismann is pronounced.

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Old Bike Dude January 16, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Two facts.
Teo is most overrated player this year.
His non existent girlfriend was killed by Lance Armstrong.

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NO NEED 4 ALARM January 17, 2013 at 6:22 am

LMAO. LITERALLY.

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sweepin January 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm

There is nothing under the sun that can eclipse sports fanatics insatiable desire to make chicken salad of chicken shit.

ND (who?), PR Department, and “sob” story = Heisman Candidate full of hype and horse manure.

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Mike Traynor January 16, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Hey. It’s Mark Sanford in a Football Uniform. Fraud, pretender, fake story. Hiking the App. Trail/dead girlfriend–its all the same.

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Old Bike Dude January 16, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Somewhere somebody deserves a Clowney ass kicking.

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VoiceofReason January 16, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Don’t get me started. No half ass new half time ACC team would ever have a fake story about anything. They have should good character and all.

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Judy Chop January 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Smells just like the SAT Hoax, the doped fueled USC Football Hoax, and I gotta Book Coming Out Hoax!

Same whore different dress. Just saying.

I hear that Manti Te’o frequently refers to himself in the third person. Sound familiar?

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haha January 17, 2013 at 8:21 am

and the 5 star resort for the Clemson players family resort hoax, but this one actually made national news

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Steve Superior January 16, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Hmmm…how do we spin this to favor the SEC???

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Manti Te'o January 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Damn. I guess that means Manti Te’o’s boogers can’t cure cancer after all.

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James the Foot Soldier January 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

Top 10 pick?

I’ll take the over…the waaaay over.

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marshall January 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

Manti can’t be much of a Mormon if he only has one fake girlfriend.

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Man Tie Tayo lies January 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

1) That Smith guy had some golden tablets
2) His girlfriend died of cancer
3) He is 6’2″ 255 lbs

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Buford Pusser January 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm

greatest story eva!

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