Report: Te'o's dead girlfriend a hoax
January 16th, 2013
08:14 PM ET

Report: Te'o's dead girlfriend a hoax

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o said Wednesday he was the victim of a "sick joke" that resulted in the creation of an inspirational story that had him overcoming the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend as the team marched toward the BCS National Championship Game.

His statement came after the sports website Deadspin published an article that called the girlfriend story a "hoax" and raised questions about whether she ever existed.

Jack Swarbrick, director of athletics at Notre Dame, told reporters Wednesday night that Te'o was the victim of an elaborate hoax. "And he will carry that with him for a while," Swarbrick said.

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  1. Philip

    197 posted comments deleted.
    A new world record.

    January 16, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    The old record was held by Hitler Youth, who tore-down 196 "Truth about the Reichstag Fire" posters, and informed on anyone posting them.
    Over 368,000 German citizens who refused to join the 'workers political party' (called Nazi, for short) were shot as traitors. If you even criticized Hitler, old hag ladies would chase you with their brooms and yell "If ye doesn't like Germany, leave!" They all left with bullets in their skulls, thanks in-part to the efforts of Hitler Youth informants and ignorant old ladies on meds.

    January 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Perhaps some of you elderly bloggers on meds can relate.

    January 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chilipepper

    OH SNAP. Wonder what wild excuses we'll hear from Manti. I hear this relationship started in 2009. Alot of things that don't add up from all sides. Whatever the case the truth will come out from a complete investigation. Which will happen.

    January 17, 2013 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    I must have missed taking my dementia meds last week for I have no friggin' idea what this story means.....nor do I particularly care!

    January 17, 2013 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Lmao @ PT, now THAT was funny! And you are the last person i would ever think of as having dementia!

    January 17, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
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