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The dead girlfriend Manti Te’o played so hard for? Yeah, her. She didn’t exist.

Kentucky fans had enough of the Manti Te’o love after he dominated the television coverage during Kentucky’s basketball game at Notre Dame.  But as annoying as it was, Te’o’s inspirational story was touching.  He played every single down for the love of his life, who tragically passed away at the start of the season.  Day in and day out, he worked his tail off because that’s what she wanted.  It was all for her.

Yeah, about that.

She’s not real.  She never was.

Deadspin has an unbelievable report about Teo’s girlfriend and how she never existed.  No tragic death.  No birth.  No life.  No girl.  We were all duped.  College football’s story of the year was a hoax.

Wow.

Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

59 Comments for The dead girlfriend Manti Te’o played so hard for? Yeah, her. She didn’t exist.



  1. Arlo givens
    4:55 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Link doesn’t work.



  2. Arlo givens
    4:56 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Oh and first, sitting in prison with nothing else to do



  3. Bizzaro World
    4:56 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    C’MON DREW!!! No mention that it was Pete Thamel that did the first exposé on this hoax for Sports illustrated??? He’s gotta lose his job over this one!!! Lol!!!



  4. Not A Hoax
    4:56 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    The girl who was raped by his teammate and later committed suicide all while the university covered it up.



  5. St. Paul Raiders
    4:59 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Bama has Katherine Webb, ND has a hoax. SEC wins again.



  6. say what?
    5:00 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Well, I think “Manti Te’o” doesn’t exist either – in the biggest game for ND in the last 25 years, I never heard his name. Beginning to think that was just a cardboard cutout of “Manti Te’o” at the Heisman show anyway.

    If you will lie about a DEAD girlfriend, what wont you lie about?



  7. TravisC
    5:01 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, your last tweet just won twitter. Bravo, sir.



  8. Bizzaro World
    5:01 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    4) send it to deadspin. Sure as hell ain’t gonna be found by Thamel. Now knowing its a hoax, going back to read the story he wrote is an obvious complete fabrication!!! How on Earth this guy is the one the NCAA trusts with insider info is beyond me, but about on par with their level of expertise on anything is.



  9. Musehobo
    5:03 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    “How bout that Manti Teo guy?…wow.” said Lance Armstrong.



  10. Bizzaro World
    5:05 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Rush the court ND!!! You just won biggest douche of the year award!! I know it’s early, but I’d say you got this one locked up.



  11. bung
    5:05 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    just another reason to listen to games with Pratt and Leach on a sports delay radio while you watch



  12. PENN STATE
    5:06 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    We suggest a 4 year bowl ban for the univeristy…..



  13. FurdTurgason
    5:07 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Imagine if he’d won the Heisman



  14. bmack
    5:09 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, this is an incredible story. Kudos to deadspin.



  15. Big Whoop
    5:09 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Thamel, how’s it feel knowing every sports fan in the country now KNOWS you’re a dumbass? I’m sure most already had that feeling and now it is confirmed. This is far better than the Florida is recruiting Woulard story that originated right here on KSR. Lessoned Learned? Check your sources for confirmation before posting bullshit.



  16. Bizzaro World
    5:12 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Clay Travis on the air defending Thamel right now. Hilarious. Garbage sticks together I guess. Who knows? It could’ve been his idea for all we know!! We know he can’t find real information!!



  17. ReverendBlue
    5:15 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Seriously? Who makes up a story about a dead girlfriend? Did he not think someone would want to know about her or check into the story?



  18. Bizzaro World
    5:17 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    It is going a little beyond a jock’s traditional “cover” girlfriend/wife



  19. Big J
    5:18 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Who’s going to draft this sociopath?



  20. Mark
    5:18 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Does anyone know the motive for this?



  21. Big J
    5:19 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, right…the Bengals.



  22. Ap
    5:20 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds to me like a catfish episode. He met her online, never actually met her cause it was a made up profile. Her dieing was how the person who made the account up was trying to get away from it, probably didn’t know it would blow up like it did.



  23. Stat
    5:21 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    From Notre Dame on Facebook:

    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.

    Dennis Brown
    University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President



  24. Bizzaro World
    5:22 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    23). Did you read the article. He claimed that they met after the Stanford Game in 2009 and their relationship blossomed. How exactly is that an online relationship?



  25. Look Out Fireworks!
    5:24 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Wow.



  26. Bizzaro World
    5:25 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    24). That’s complete and utter BS. How is he the victim? He made specific accusations about their relationship. One that obviously didn’t exist! The university trying to cover their a$$



  27. Ap
    5:29 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    25. Did you read further down. They didnt actually meet in person, they met on twitter. Of course he is going to say he met her in person so he doesn’t look like a complete douche.



  28. Kidnut
    5:30 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds like a brush-off

    “Manti’s on the phone again”
    “Tell him I’m in a coma”
    “Okay…she’s in a coma, bad car wreck”

    “Manti’s on the phone again”
    “Tell him I didn’t make it out of the coma”
    “She died”



  29. Bizzaro World
    5:32 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    28) What happened after the Stanford game? They met holistically? Spiritually? Figuratively?



  30. Bizzaro World
    5:33 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    28) if his goal was to AVOID looking like a complete douche- I think EPIC FAIL applies



  31. Bizzaro World
    5:33 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    I’m just giddy it comes at the expense of Thamel.



  32. FurdTurgason
    5:34 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    What’s the difference between Rick Pitino and Manti Te’O?

    Rick wishes he had an imaginary girlfriend.



  33. Ap
    5:37 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Down the page it identifies who they think made up the account. Another person says he is 80% sure manti knew about it. Who knows. He was a douche before this happened and will be after. I’m just glad he didn’t when the heisman.



  34. The Worm
    5:46 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    It would be nice if the NCAA went back and checked every negative thing or possible lie he told about Kanter. Wasn’t he the one who flew to Turkey to check all his records? I may be wrong.



  35. The Worm
    5:47 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Thamel



  36. Bizzaro World
    5:57 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Love how baseball writers and sports journalists in general are so self righteous and critical of the shortcomings of players and coaches, but they are too lazy to find out basic truths until its too late when it contradicts with the misconceptions and biases they have



  37. Manti
    5:57 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    So what, I never met her in person. We had internet sex! We exchanged sexy pics of each other and everything… ohhhh wait, you’re saying I sent pics of my junk to some dudes and those pics are about to blow up the internet? Ahhh hell, it was COLD when I took the pics, HONEST!



  38. Eric
    6:24 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Man, I’m good at spotting dickheads without fully knowing them. Have been for years. Not hard to spot really. And they’re all over the place.



  39. tyrus
    6:25 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    What a jerk! He met her online so the Standford meeting didn’t happen despite you knowing that’s what everyone belived to be true. Blame others for you being an idiot. You stated you talked to her everyday on the phone for four months but say its a conspiracy plot. WOW!



  40. Eric
    6:33 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    This has probably been said in this thread before, but it appalls me that holier than thou Notre Dame is painting this picture as Te’o being the victim here. If anybody buys that, they’re just plain stupid. Video on ESPN right now of Manti talking about her. Amazing.



  41. Eric
    6:36 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Recently Manti Te’o, Lance Armstrong, Chip Kelly of Oregon…..sure are a lot of great people for kids to look up to. Lying, cheating and being a total fraud are nice qualities to have aren’t they?? Wonderful.



  42. wildcat
    6:39 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    he’s a dumb mother(bleep) in the words of forest gum “that’s all i have to say about that.”



  43. j. dinkle
    6:55 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    So, does the ncaa punishnotre dame (i.e. penn state) not saying this equals what happened at penn state in a vicitms sense, just wonder where the ncaa boundaries extend to



  44. STEVE!
    7:00 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Manti Te’o didn’t exist during the Alabama game, or might have died during it after being trampled so many times by ‘Bama linemen and running backs.



  45. Lance
    7:06 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, at least I won my events.

    #cheatstrong



  46. classof68
    7:08 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Cue up “Imaginary Lover” for tomorrow’s show, Matt.



  47. kingrex
    7:16 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Manti Teo and Lance Armstrong = Sociopaths. I had been saying it for years about Armstrong, but all I got was ridicule and how could I say something about a cancer survivor and phenomenal athlete. I also imagine all those steroids gave him the cancer. I love that this happened at Notre Dame. It makes me so happy. I loath Armstrong almost as much as I do Notre Dame.



  48. Hmmm
    7:26 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Manti is obviously gay, this girl was his cover. Her death would give an excuse for not dating etc.. Due to the grief. Feel bad for him if my thoughts are true, if not he’s a douche.



  49. Catlogic15
    7:56 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Of course Notre Dame would try to cover this up. Easy. Lot of experience with the perverted priests they’ve unleashed on the world.



  50. Stickman
    8:08 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    If Lance Armstrong is a sociopath then every athlete that has ever used performance enhancing drugs is one too

    As for Teo, like others have said he didn’t exist any more during the championship game than his fake girlfriend. Typical Notre Dame.

    And for such an “esteemed” institution of higher learning to come up with such a transparent cover story is laughable.



  51. Stig
    8:23 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Uh, Lindsay obvious that he is GAY and trying to cover up getting busted



  52. Bizzaro World
    8:50 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    This press conference is just histerical!!! OMG! Is this swarbrick guy for real??!!



  53. iamthebobcat
    8:54 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    I did not have sex with that woman…Ms kekua… no, really, I did not have sex with Ms Kekua



  54. Twin Condiments
    9:04 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    Manti had stated in the past that he met this girl in 2009 after the Stanford game. Evidently that was a lie. I find it really hard to believe any NCAA football star has to resort to the internet to meet women. It was either an attempt to enhance his Heisman chances or she was created to be his “beard”.



  55. kingrex
    11:48 pm January 16, 2013 Permalink

    #51 what made him a sociopath was the horrible, despicable things he did to the people and their families who tried to tell the truth. He absolutely used all his power and influence to crush them all because they wanted to tell the truth. He is a horrendous human being. He was worried about his money and not that of the foundation.



  56. vivacom povredi
    5:50 am January 17, 2013 Permalink

    Виваком заплашват клиент



  57. schwing
    10:26 am January 17, 2013 Permalink

    what else is new? Mormons live their entire lives as fiction.



  58. Sumter Anderson
    1:30 pm January 18, 2013 Permalink

    David S. Rutty of Brisbane, California appears to be the person you are looking for who is Lennay Kekua in the Manti Te’o story, Rutty has been charged with fake gender “Catfishing” multiple times.

    He is one sick puppy.

    SEE: http://pulp.orangephotography.com/blog/archives/2006/10/party_crashers.php

    and many other references in online and legal filings