By now you’ve heard the story which dominated sports headlines: Notre Dame
inside linebacker and Heisman runner-up (not to mention winner of numerous defensive player of the year awards) Manti Te’o had a girlfriend who died during the season
. And today we learned that she never even existed at all. It was all just a hoax. The University stands behind Te’o. Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick has hitched his wagons to Te’o. So, are we to believe that an honors student who graduated early from ND
was nieve enough to fall for this? And too macho to admit that he “met” his “girlfriend” online? And this explains why he played so poorly in the national championship game?
Or was he in on the fix- cruelly and twisted as he manipulated people’s emotions to gather sympathy and publicity to increase his profile and bolster his future earnings potential? Isn’t Lance Armstrong glad this came up today to take some heat off him. What we do know is that both ND
and Te’o knew of this fraud weeks ago and didn’t reveal it. Deadspin had to break the story
. There are balls of lies all over this charade. And perhaps we’ll never really know the truth...
Notre Dame released the following statement surrounding the story of Manti Te'o's dead girlfriend hoax. The news is traveling like wildfire on the internet and could be like the ESPN Sarah Phillips story
times 1,000. ND stated:
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 immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.
Capitalizing on tragedy for inspiration and publicity is not new at Notre Dame. George Gipp and "win one for the Gipper" were quite different in real life than it was portrayed by Hollywood
. Today, Deadspin
took another giant step forward in their journalistic reputation. They laid out the facts...