Manti Te’o wants everyone to know he’s over the embarrassment of an online hoax, and he’s ready to focus on football.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o didn’t show any signs of being affected by the girlfriend hoax leading up to the BCS title game, but his play indicates it may have taken a toll, coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says star linebacker Manti Te’o and his family were planning to go public about him being the victim of a hoax before an online report scooped them.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says the school has encouraged linebacker Manti Te’o to speak publicly — and soon — about being the victim of a hoax involving a dead girlfriend who never existed.
Not once but twice after discovering his supposed girlfriend of three years never even existed, Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te’o perpetuated the heartbreaking story about her death.
Not long before Notre Dame played Michigan State last fall, word spread that Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o had lost his grandmother and girlfriend within hours of each other.
A story about Manti Te’o's girlfriend dying of leukemia, which the Notre Dame All-American credited with inspiring him as he led the Fighting Irish to the BCS title game, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker, the school said Wednesday.