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Manti Te'o Lied About Girlfriend Lennay Kekua? Notre Dame LB Hoax Charges

By Staff
Jan 16, 2013
The photo of Manti Te'o's girlfriend Lennay Kekua that was circulated is of another woman.

Did Manti Te'o lie about his girlfriend Lennay Kekua?

The back story of their supposed relationship was inspiring, but may now be proven false.

There area accusations the Notre Dame linebacker made it all up - the girlfriend and her dramatic death.

The photo above is online in many places identifying the woman as Lennay Kekua, but the pic is not her - and it appears the girlfriend of Manti Te'o never really existed.

Right Celebrity has this recap of the touching story:

"Lennay Kekua was a student at Stanford when they first met as freshmen students three years ago. Their relationship started out slowly, but they managed to vacation together that first year in Hawaii. Within a year they were an item.

But a year later in her sophomore year she was in a serious car wreck. Hospital tests taken during her recovery revealed that she had leukemia and almost no chance to survive. Still she was seemingly improving in her health when she passes away relatively suddenly in September.

He remembered her this way at the funeral, recalling her final living instructions to him. “Babe, if anything happens to me, you promise that you’ll still stay over there and that you’ll play and that you’ll honor me through the way you play, and know that I would rather have you there.” Her strength is undoubtedly one of the primary reasons he has endured through these personal tragedies and triumphed to the end."

So touching - pass the tissues.

One problem - it's a hoax, according to an article by

According to Deadspin, not only did Te'o's girlfriend not die in the days leading up the Michigan State game, she didn't exist at all.

They have the details here.

According to USA Today, after it was exposed as a hoax, Te'o's agent's office had no comment.

In a statement, Notre Dame said that the coaching staff was first informed on Dec. 26 of what the university calls a "sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators."

More here.

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