Manti Te’o Notre Dame linebacker was one of the most touching stories of college football this year. Well today we learned that the story was nothing but a hoax.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a news conference Wednesday night that coaches were informed by Te’o and his parents on Dec. 26 that Te’o had been the victim of what appeared to be a hoax. Someone using a fictitious name “apparently ingratiated herself” with Te’o, the school said, then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had died of leukemia.
“On the morning of Dec. 26, very early morning, Manti called his coaches to inform them that while he was in attendance at the ESPN awards show in Orlando, he received a phone call from a number he recognized as having been that he associated with Lennay Kekua,” Swarbrick said. “When he answered it, it was a person whose voice sounded like the same person he had talked to, who told him that she was, in fact, not dead. Manti was very unnerved by that, as you might imagine.”
Swarback believes Te’o was put in a sick joke by people who made up her situation that she was in. The thing is many people feel that Manti Te’o is apart of this Hoax. Te’o never met Lennay Kekua in person. Te’o met her online and talked to her on the phone, and through out he feels that has been played in some sick game.
Whether you want to side with Te’o or not this is a very deep story that has many people doubting the Maxxel player of the year. People looked at Te’o as one of the greatest stories in college football, and he probably inspired a lot of people around the world. So for this story to turn out being fake may have affected many people, some mad at Te’o or mad at the culprit for doing this to the young man.
Right now we don’t know the full story of Te’o’s involvement. All we know are these facts.
- Te’o and Kekua never met in person only over online, and on the phone
- Lennay Kekua twitter handle of picture was not hers that it was actually a picture of another woman that was 22 years old
- There are no reports of Kekua’s death, and that she went to Stanford
Cardinals fullback Reagan Mauia has seen Kekua in person saying this person is real and that she is beautiful, but at the time Te’o was not in the picture. Mauia met her at a convention in Samoa. He believes the mother is using the twitter. Even through this emotion that Te’o is going through Te’o’s only focus in looking towards the NFL draft.
Right now I am not going to give my thoughts on the situation. I may make a follow up but right now this sounds like a terrible WWE storyline. Here is a picture of the twitter post Lennay Kekua who ever is interested.