Notre Dame Supports Manti Te’o Amidst Girlfriend Hoax

Notre Dame Supports Manti Te’o Amidst Girlfriend Hoax
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Jack Swarbrick, the athletic director at Notre Dame, has held a press conference Wednesday night discussing the Deadspin report that the death of star football player Manti Te’o’s girlfriend was a hoax.

Earlier on in the season it was reported that Lennay Kekua, Te’o’s long distance girlfriend, died after being in a serious car crash and then being diagnosed with leukemia. Sports Illustrated covered it as a heartbreaking story of how Te’o would spend hours with her on the phone while she was laying in her hospital bed.

Well, apparently none of that was true. Kekua is not dead. And Swarbrick claims that Manti Te’o was the victim of this “cruel hoax”. Te’o allegedly uncovered the hoax after he received a phone call from a number that he believed to be Kekua’s.

The voice on the phone is said to have been Kekua’s. She told Te’o she was still alive and that she was hoping to “restart” their relationship, said Swarbrick. Towards the end of last year Te’o told his coach that he thought he was the center of an elaborate hoax.

It is currently unclear what the hell is going on here. It remains unconfirmed whether or not Kekua is still alive or if she had ever existed in the first place. With rumors floating around that it was an online-only relationship and that Te’o had never met her in person, the truth remains hidden.

Even Manti’s father, Brian, gave an inconsistent account of the relationship:

“They started out as just friends. 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.”

Te’o is expected to come clean in a press conference very soon.

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