Over the course of the NCAA football season, one personal life story was repeated more than any other. Notre Dame’s senior standout lineback Manti Te’o lost both his grandmother and his girlfriend in the same week, but he persevered and led the team to an undefeated season, a berth in the National Championship Game and a second place finish in the Heisman Trophy voting. It’s both a depressing and an inspiring tale. Unfortunately, it’s a bullshit tale too.
This morning, Deadspin published a long expose about how Te’o’s “deceased girlfriend” was nothing more than a made-up sham. She never attended Stanford. She never got leukemia, and as far as anyone knows, she never even existed. She was a figment of someone’s imagination, though that someone depends on who you believe.
Te’o and his parents reportedly informed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on December 26 that he had been victimized by an Internet scam. Here is Te’o’s actual statement in response to the Deadspin article…
If Twitter reaction is any indication, the response to Te’o’s statement has been skepticism at best and outright revulsion at worse. Unfortunately for the linebacker, he put so many statements on record about his experiences with the Stanford student that it seems to many like he couldn’t possibly have been duped by someone trying to play a practical joke.
Prior to this mess, Te’o was expected to be a high first round pick. If it turns out that he did, in fact, lie about this entire relationship for publicity or sympathy or any other fucked up reason, his stock will likely plummet.
We’ll keep you updated when more details become available.
Enthusiastic about Clue, case-of-the-week mysteries, the NBA and cookies at Disney World. Less enthusiastic about the pricing structure of cable, loud noises and Tuesdays.
Your Daily Blend of Entertainment News
Thank you for signing up to CinemaBlend. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.