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Bert Macklin 01-16-2013 04:31 PM

Te'o made up his girlfriend?
I'm not saying I'm just saying.....


Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, the stories said, played this season under a terrible burden. A Mormon linebacker who led his Catholic school's football program back to glory, Te'o was whipsawed between personal tragedies along the way. In the span of six hours in September, as Sports Illustrated told it, Te'o learned first of the death of his grandmother, Annette Santiago, and then of the death of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.

Kekua, 22 years old, had been in a serious car accident in California, and then had been diagnosed with leukemia. SI's Pete Thamel described how Te'o would phone her in her hospital room and stay on the line with her as he slept through the night. "Her relatives told him that at her lowest points, as she fought to emerge from a coma, her breathing rate would increase at the sound of his voice," Thamel wrote.

Upon receiving the news of the two deaths, Te'o went out and led the Fighting Irish to a 20-3 upset of Michigan State, racking up 12 tackles. It was heartbreaking and inspirational. Te'o would appear on ESPN's College GameDay to talk about the letters Kekua had written him during her illness. He would send a heartfelt letter to the parents of a sick child, discussing his experience with disease and grief. The South Bend Tribune wrote an article describing the young couple's fairytale meeting—she, a Stanford student; he, a Notre Dame star—after a football game outside Palo Alto.

Did you enjoy the uplifiting story, the tale of a man who responded to adversity by becoming one of the top players of the game? If so, stop reading.

Manti Te'o did lose his grandmother this past fall. Annette Santiago died on Sept. 11, 2012, at the age of 72, according to Social Security Administration records in Nexis. But there is no SSA record there of the death of Lennay Marie Kekua, that day or any other. Her passing, recounted so many times in the national media, produces no obituary or funeral announcement in Nexis, and no mention in the Stanford student newspaper.

Nor is there any report of a severe auto accident involving a Lennay Kekua. Background checks turn up nothing. The Stanford registrar's office has no record that a Lennay Kekua ever enrolled. There is no record of her birth in the news. Outside of a few Twitter and Instagram accounts, there's no online evidence that Lennay Kekua ever existed.

The photographs identified as Kekua—in online tributes and on TV news reports—are pictures from the social-media accounts of a 22-year-old California woman who is not named Lennay Kekua. She is not a Stanford graduate; she has not been in a severe car accident; and she does not have leukemia. And she has never met Manti Te'o.

Brodeur 01-16-2013 04:39 PM

Bert Macklin 01-16-2013 04:47 PM

Read the entire article. Deadspin did their homework.

Punisher 01-16-2013 04:56 PM

Bert Macklin 01-16-2013 05:22 PM

@ChiTribHamilton NotreDame statement says on Dec. 26, coaches informed by Manti Te'o and parents that he was "vict

YAYareaRB 01-16-2013 05:53 PM

******* disgrace

Bert Macklin 01-16-2013 05:59 PM


Originally Posted by YAYareaRB (Post 3247315)
******* disgrace

Manti admitted to meeting her after a Stanford game so he's not a victim...

Cigaro 01-16-2013 06:07 PM

I really hope Notre Dame catches **** for this. They clearly were involved in a cover-up. I've never had a dislike for the program, but I certainly do now.

Bert Macklin 01-16-2013 07:33 PM

Jadeveon Clowny ?@JadeveonClowny You wanna know what's weirder than Manti Teo making up a girlfriend then pretend killing her? Nothing.

Forenci 01-16-2013 07:39 PM

@jaykubs: @richeisen at least there's someone you can now beat in the 40: Manti's girlfriend.

Bert Macklin 01-16-2013 08:07 PM

HeavyLeggedWaistBender 01-16-2013 08:46 PM

Heard this earlier. **** is nuts.

JoeJoeBrown 01-16-2013 09:22 PM

What a messed up kid and family.

Also, ESPN sat on this story for 10 days.

Bob Sanders Dreadlock 01-16-2013 09:32 PM

So i've been trying to get this straight did he make her up or did someone else prank him?

JoeJoeBrown 01-16-2013 10:05 PM


Originally Posted by Bob Sanders Dreadlock (Post 3247657)
So i've been trying to get this straight did he make her up or did someone else prank him?

ND and the T'eo's are spinning it like he got pranked. Read the link (very very long read) at the thread starting post.

I think he was having some sort of *** relationship and this was a cover story.

CJSchneider 01-16-2013 10:24 PM


Originally Posted by JoeJoeBrown (Post 3247700)

I think he was having some sort of *** relationship and this was a cover story.

So you think Lennay could really be Lenny?

Ravens1991 01-16-2013 10:43 PM

ESPN Gene Wojciechowski said he asked to talk to the girlfriends family and asked for pictures but Teo said no. I def think Teo was in on something I don't buy his statement

Cigaro 01-16-2013 11:15 PM

At least we know who Clint Eastwood was talking to.

phlysac 01-17-2013 12:35 AM

Ton more activity here...


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