Notre Dame Heisman finalist Manti Te’o the victim of a hoax?

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And we thought Manti Te’o was in trouble for his HORRIBLE performance in the National Championship game against Alabama…it now appears that the Senior linebacker has a giant cloud of controversy surrounding him.

According to, Manti Te’o, who’s inspirational story that unfolded during Notre Dame’s season of how his grandmother died and just a day later, his girlfriend died after a battle with cancer, appears to have all been a hoax? Deadspin is claiming that the story of Lennay Kekua, the alleged girlfriend of Te’o, who had been in a serious car accident in California, and then had been diagnosed with leukemia, was all a joke. The article, which was published by Sports Illustrated claims that, 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.

Kekua was reportedly at student at Stanford and even Manti’s father claimed he had met the girl in Hawaii. There is no official death record of Lennay Kekua, no notice from Standford and now Manti, who took all the glory back in September is now claiming that he is a victim.

Manti released a statement tonight claiming his innocence in the whole situation.

“This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her. To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone’s sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother’s death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life.”

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