Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend Was A Hoax

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Ho-ly shit. This is a doozy. Too long to post here but here's the first bit. Worth reading on.

Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax
Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey

Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, the stories said, played this season under a terrible burden. A Mormon linebacker who led his Catholic school's football program back to glory, Te'o was whipsawed between personal tragedies along the way. In the span of six hours in September, as Sports Illustrated told it, Te'o learned first of the death of his grandmother, Annette Santiago, and then of the death of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.

Kekua, 22 years old, had been in a serious car accident in California, and then had been diagnosed with leukemia. SI's Pete Thamel described how Te'o would phone her in her hospital room and stay on the line with her as he slept through the night. "Her relatives told him that at her lowest points, as she fought to emerge from a coma, her breathing rate would increase at the sound of his voice," Thamel wrote.

Upon receiving the news of the two deaths, Te'o went out and led the Fighting Irish to a 20-3 upset of Michigan State, racking up 12 tackles. It was heartbreaking and inspirational. Te'o would appear on ESPN's College GameDay to talk about the letters Kekua had written him during her illness. He would send a heartfelt letter to the parents of a sick child, discussing his experience with disease and grief. The South Bend Tribune wrote an article describing the young couple's fairytale meeting—she, a Stanford student; he, a Notre Dame star—after a football game outside Palo Alto.

Did you enjoy the uplifiting story, the tale of a man who responded to adversity by becoming one of the top players of the game? If so, stop reading.

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.
They go full out here with analysis of news reports, tweets, video, etc. I'm still going through it but wow.
 

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As someone who dislikes him & ND, this is arguably the greatest thing ever.
 

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I'm stunned. Just finished reading the whole Deadspin article, and it's extremely thorough.

I'm extremely interested to see how this goes, it's just now starting to get picked up by other news organizations.
 

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It's worth reading the entire article that NeonTaster posted, it's extremely thorough and while there's a lot that people will be sorting out, it makes an extremely compelling point that he's going to have a hard time refuting.
 

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Notre Dame comment:

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.

Dennis Brown
University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President
http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/1/16/3884214/deadspin-manti-teo-girlfriend-notre-dame
 

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Some almost actual journalism from Deadspin. How much does Mel Kiper think this will affect Te'o's draftability?
 

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Saw this headline and immediately went to the kitchen and made a big bowl of popcorn. Let's see how this one plays out....
 

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It's just so creepy. Why make it up? Sympathy? Admiration?
 

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About 100 million sports fans at least find this fucked up story interesting.

It's not about guns though. So go seek out a gun thread to cry tyranny.
 

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This is a Bobo dating game situation that a lot of people actually know about. It was a nationwide story since the beginning of the college football season. Its kind of a big deal.
 

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Damn this story is tough for me because I don't know who I'm supposed to root against. I can't stand Deadspin or Notre Dame.

I will say that its been a rough month for Manti Teo. He got exposed during the national title game and saw whatever draft stock he had plummet. Now he maybe proven to be biggest liar associated with Notre Dame since George O' Leary.