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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.
But according to Deadspin, she never existed. See attached link.
Notre Dameo learned first of the death of his grandmother, Annette Santiago, and then of the death of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.
Just read this and WOW
Notre Dame already spinning this into "Manti was duped."
Notre Dame released a statement Wednesday afternoon confirming that the young woman whom Te'o told the world had died of leukemia the same day he lost his grandmother in early September never existed.
"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 statement said.
From the ND 247 board
The will is not here, the will is at my office next to the hot plate with the frayed wires.
What about the part about them meeting at Stanford and exchanging numbers or her visiting him in Hawaii? I think he was in on it, there is no possible way he didn't know.
Yeah, after reading the whole thing, I'd say it's not impossible, but very unlikely that Manti didn't know.
I also find it hilarious Notre Dame puts out a statement less than an hour after the story is published that claims:
1) Manti is clearly a victim.
2) ND had already taken it upon themselves to investigate the matter prior to any public knowledge or suspicion.
This post was edited by BarryZuckerkorn 15 months ago
Manti said numerous times that he'd met her and talked about them doing stuff together. Trip to Hawaii, meeting in the Stanford parking lot, etc... He's a liar. I don't believe him or ND for a second. I'm just laughing that it blew up in his face like that.
The whole thing is wacky. And apparently it wasn't just T'eo who was "duped."
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A) Hes gay and was sick of answering questions about "why no gf".
B) Played it off to boost media campaign.
I think he is sick in the head. Loved the attention. "Ts and Ps Manti!"etc. NDs admin handled this poorly. Media in general handled this poorly. No media did any research, just kept reporting this saga. This girl's name didnt even exist at Stanford, think somebody couldve figured that out right away. Worst part is that he used the death of his Grandma in this mess. Weak.
Lastly, this press conference ND is giving is pure gold. Ranks up there with female student alleged rape/suicide cover up and Brian Kelly not knowing the student photographer was on a scissors lift during 50 mph winds. Pure gold Jerry.
This post was edited by KFSuperStar 15 months ago
This is NO laughing matter, really, gentlemen.
Let's remember that an imaginary girl died here.
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
That's why I'm shedding imaginary tears and have imaginary sympathetic feelings for T'eo's loss.
Article on Deadspin- Link below
Here’s Everything The Media Screwed Up In Reporting The Story Of Manti Te’o’s Fake Dead Girlfriend
Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey
In our investigation of Manti Te'o and his nonexistent dead girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, published yesterday, we mentioned the media's role this fall in amplifying the hoax. Here are all the ways they got the story wrong:
When was Lennay Kekua born?
Most sources reported she was 22. The Jan. 4 Goshen News says she was 21.
Did Lennay Kekua attend Stanford?
At least 10 print sources reported she was a Stanford student. The Oct. 12 South Bend Tribune and the Oct. 14 New York Times stated she was an alumna.
How did Lennay Kekua and Manti Te'o meet?
Nov. 28, 2009, according to the Oct. 12 South Bend Tribune. It reported the following:
Lennay Kekua was a Stanford student and Cardinal football fan when the two exchanged glances, handshakes and phone numbers that fateful weekend three seasons ago.
"They started out as just friends," Brian Te'o said. "Every once in a while, she would travel to Hawaii, and that happened to be the time Manti was home, so he would meet with her there. But within the last year, they became a couple. "And we came to the realization that she could be our daughter-in-law. Sadly, it won't happen now."
When was Lennay Kekua's life-threatening car accident?
Pete Thamel's Oct. 1 Sports Illustrated article says the accident happened on April 28. An ESPN.com article on Nov. 13 says it happened eight months before her death in September, which would put her accident in January. The South Bend Tribune says it happened "around the time they became a couple."
When was Lennay Kekua diagnosed with cancer?
How long is a long battle with cancer? Is three months a long battle? That's for you to decide, but that same Oct. 12 South Bend Tribune says she was diagnosed in June. The New York Post, L.A. Times, Sporting News, and CBS This Morning all described it as a "lengthy" or "long" battle with cancer.
When did Lennay Kekua die, and did she die before or after Te'o's grandmother?
Here's the most wildly diverging and most insanely contradictory element of the entire Te'o-Kekua scenario. Lennay Kekua's death was reported as having happened on Sept. 11 (per the Sept. 21, Sept. 23, and Sept. 29 South Bend Tribune and the Oct. 26 New York Times), Sept. 12 (per the Sept. 16 and Oct. 13 South Bend Tribune as well as Thamel's SI article and most other sources), Sept. 13 (KHON-Honolulu on Sept. 14, and KITV-Honolulu on Sept. 15), Sept. 14 (the Dec. 30 New York Post), and Sept. 15 (ESPN on Dec. 7, the Associated Press on Dec. 7, and CBS on Dec. 6).
Meanwhile, there was somehow debate over which woman died first. The Oct. 13 South Bend Tribune reports that Lennay Kekua had sent a text message to Manti's parents, Brian and Ottilia, "expressing her condolences over the passing of Ottilia's mom, Annette Santiago." But according to the South Bend Tribune's reporting on Sept. 21, 23, and 29, Lennay was already dead:
Te'o's girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, had been valiantly and successfully battling leukemia but died Sept. 11. His grandmother died the next day.
Te'o's girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, died Sept. 11 of complications from leukemia. His grandma, Annette Santiago, died after a long illness less than 24 hours later.
Te'o lost his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, Sept. 11 to leukemia and his grandmother, Annette Santiago, the next day after a long illness.
Where was Lennay Kekua's funeral?
The AP reported Oct. 4 that her funeral took place in the non-existent city of Carson City, Calif. The Jan. 4 Palm Beach Post said her funeral took place in Hawaii.
Perhaps the Post figured Kekua's funeral was out there, because Brian Kelly gave Te'o the game ball after the Michigan State win and told him to take it back to Hawaii, to Lennay. Asking a question might have parted some of the fog. And they would have found more mystery.
In our investigation of Manti Tes role this fall in amplifying the hoax. Here are all the ways they got the story wrong:
This post was edited by Morrison71 15 months ago
Kind of amazing nobody picked up on this until now.
I heard Manti's fake gf had fake tits.
Sorry no link.
I know this is "big" news, but I don't really care one way or another. Morrison, I read everything you put into your post, and upvoted you for the hard ass work you put into it.
Fact is, this is what brings out ND's AD? This is the situation that has intrigued the nation? What the is wrong with people?
There are many reasons why I've always said, F*ck the Irish and their fans...this nonsense is the least of one.
Notre Dame is refusing to publicly acknowledge the suicide of a freshman who, nine days before her death, reported being sexually assaulted by a Notre Dame football player.
I just linked that. It was a Deadspin article. I included the link. Didn't mean to make it look like that was me, sorry. Just copied it so it was easier to read for the people here.
This kid is either incredibly naive, or was part of a massive hoax to boost his Heisman chances. Pat Forde beleives him. Dan Wetzel is skeptical and wants more information. Let's shake down some thunder from the sky.
Here's a great column posted by our Notre Dame site.
Until Manti Teo speaks at length to the controversy in which he finds himself mired, this story will continue to spawn more and more speculation.
This is the big thing. Just a horrible job by the media in researching everything. Pathetic.
It's pretty clear that he is part of this. He's not speaking cause he, ND, and his publicist that he is sure to have hired by now, don't know how the hell to spin this so that everyone will believe him. There is too much evidence where he has said he was with her several times to say he met her online and had never met her and was duped so badly.
Whew...thats OK...I really didn't read it anyway...I upvoted cuz I was about to swing the mood 180°...
Big props to the guys at ESPN's PTI for acknowledging the fact that Notre Dame is "behind" Te'o while basically ignoring the rape and suicide of the young woman.
Imagine if he did win the Heisman Trophy and gave his version of the "Something for Joey" speech?
Wrestling owns the Olympics
Bp why do you always come on right when I am ready for bed
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
the only time that i'm left alone is right about 9:30ish PT - or at work.
good night john boy
I ain't in bed yet Jed. You have anymore out of country trips planned any time soon? Feel good to be back home? And 9:30 is 11:30 here so yuck
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