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Manti Te'o

Fake GF Called Me AFTER

Her Supposed Death

1/16/2013 5:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Manti Te'o told Notre Dame officials he NEVER met his supposed girlfriend in person ... and only realized her death was a hoax last month ... after receiving a phone call from "Lennay's" cell phone.

Jack Swarbrick -- Director of Athletics at Notre Dame -- called an emergency media conference Wednesday night in the wake of the not-really-dead girlfriend scandal. Here are the highlights:

-- Manti is expected to address the media sometime tomorrow (Thursday).
-- Manti called Notre Dame officials on Dec. 26 ... and alerted them to the hoax.
-- According to Swarbrick, Manti realized Lennay Kekua wasn't dead when he got a phone call from her cell phone at an ESPN award show in December ... months after her supposed death.
-- Manti claims the woman who called from "Lennay's" phone was the same person who he had spoken with during his relationship with Lennay.
-- Manti says the woman informed him that Lennay was not dead ... because she was not real.
-- Swarbrick says Manti met with a media team, who had planned to release the story to the media next week ... but they were scooped by Deadspin.
-- Manti told ND officials he had gone to Hawaii to meet Lennay in person on several occasions, but she never showed up.
-- ND believes that Manti was targeted because he's too nice of a guy ... and the perps took pleasure in humiliating him.

Swarbrick also said, "This was a very elaborate, very sophisticated hoax perpetrated for reasons we can't fully understand but had a certain cruelty at its core."

Swarbrick says investigators believe there are numerous people involved in the hoax.

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16.

Echo    

Its like an episode of Catfish on MTV.

608 days ago
17.

bernergirl    

But what about when he said he met her at a Stanford game and went on holidays with her?

608 days ago
18.

catlanta    

wow, seriously slow news day, huh? who is this person and why are we supposed to care?

608 days ago
19.

lynkel    

Catfished

608 days ago
20.

nature30    

the black qb cam newton, gets disrespecting cause he's going back to school for sociology, but yall show sympathy for this lying attention whore piece of shxt, R.I.P. and happy belated birthday, but your still dreaming, cause these whitey's will never be satisfied till all us blacks are gone. vagabond out

608 days ago
21.

jimi    

please tmz , don't drag this out for 2 weeks

608 days ago
22.

crissy    

Really? He never met her but called her his girlfriend & their connection was so great that it had a profoud impact on his life? If she was that important to him wouldn't he have insisted on attending the memorial service?

608 days ago
23.

LISA    

Well, now I know what SASSY was talking about when she said this was effed up! Why would Manti alert Notre Dame to the hoax if he was involved?


Why would Manti go to Hawaii to meet his on-line girlfriend a second (and maybe third time), after she never turned up the first time?


It's kinda sounding like this guy may have some 'issues', no matter what the investigation finds.

608 days ago
24.

JerriLynn1968    

So is his father lying about his son and his gf meeting?

608 days ago
25.

chicosweets    

Come on everyone at TMZ is not stupid or out of it, Al Roker is not pissing on Today he is sh__ing on TMZ. He saying that real new sources with more going for them didn't take what he said to the lowest level like TMZ. I like TMZ but because you make me laugh and forget about the important stuff for a while. I think you lose your way when you try to be serious without the true journalist work.

608 days ago
26.

Sunshine702    

Is this girlfriend a cover for Manti being gay?

608 days ago
27.

Cartman    

I believe his story because being duped like this is even more embarrassing than making it all up.

608 days ago
28.

bittybaby    

Ever since the Lizzy Seeberg cover up, I could care less about losers football players and staff of Notre Dame. May she RIP.

608 days ago
29.

bittybaby    

RIP Lizzy Seeberg

http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/notre-dame-s-bowl-appearance-puts-lizzy-seeberg-story-back-news

608 days ago
30.

Spicy mag    

He likes balls.

608 days ago
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