Manti Te’o's girlfriend is a fraud

Manti Te’o's deceased girlfriend never existed, according to a report.

First thing for many people to see was a tweet from Jalen Rose, who tweeted “Whoa. Manti Te’o of Notre Dame made up the tragic story about his GF dying? #Insane

The big news came out in a lengthy Deadspin article.

In September it was known by most college football fans that Te’o, the Notre Dame line backer, went through some personal tragedies. His grandmother, Annette Santiago, passed away and a little after his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.

Deadspin reports that Te’o told press that his girlfriend was in a serious car accident and doctors then diagnosed her with leukemia. After the news of the two passing Te’o played against Michigan State. He played an amazing game with 12 tackles and the Fighting Irish won 20-3. Right then it became an inspirational story every wanted to hear and everyone listened.

According to Social Security Administration records in Nexis, Te’o's grandmother did die at the age 72 on September 11, 2012. There is however no record of a Lennay Kekua. No obituary or funeral announcement has been found. There was also no record of her attending Stanford where she allegedly attended college.

However, there is an online presence for Lennay Kekua. There are photos of her that are not really her. The photos are of a 22-year-old woman from California, whom Deadspin keeps anonymous.  Most of the photos come from this woman’s Facebook and Instagram account, there was one that stuck out. The woman said that she did not put that one on the Internet. A man from high school had contacted her and asked to take a photo holding a sign for his cousin who had been in a car accident.

That man is Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. Tuiasosopo and Te’o know each other, they make that clear from their tweets on Twitter.

No one really doubted anything until Tuiasosopo created a Twitter handle for Lennay’s sister, U’ilani Rae Kekua. The photo used to be U’ilani Rae Kekua was of Donna Tei. Once people began to accuse the Twitter account to be fake it was deleted, Te’o also deleted his tweets that mentioned Donna TeiDonna Tei.

What remains uncertain is if Te’o knew what was going on or if he was just a victim.

NFL.com reports that Dennis Brown, Notre Dame University spokesman, released a statement via Facebook.

The statement read, “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 University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax.

“While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.”

This is a story to keep an eye on since Manti Te’o is entering the NFL draft in April and there is much more to be discovered.

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