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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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61.

Cinner    

He will still get drafted into the NFL and play pro ball. This catfish thing isn't going to make him all of a sudden talentless on the field.

457 days ago
62.

Tony    

He slipped out of the first round after that abysmal performance in the BCS championship...this disaster will send him to 3rd round. He's toxic at this point, overhyped talent and now unstable mentally.

457 days ago
63.

zzyzx    

Maybe I try and see the best in people, but I really want to believe him. The problem is I believed Lance Armstrong all these years for the same reason. Am I naive and there are really no honest people left? Why would he lie? Did he really expect to get away with this in this digital age?

457 days ago
64.

oryhan    

I can understand this. The guy was totally catfished. Isn't the first time it's happened. This like every other "hot" news item will pass in a month. Big deal... over it.

457 days ago
65.

Twiz    

Dozens of stories are out now on various sites, including a teammate of Manti's who claims to have met thos woman BEFORE she met Manti. Interesting how both TMZ and other "gossip" sites only report the versions of a story that makes him look foolish. Before any of us judge, why not wait to see what happens at the ptess conference Thurs

457 days ago
66.

Who the Hell is Khloe    

This could been a cool episode of Catfish!

457 days ago
67.

TruthandonlytheTruth    

Another lying ungrateful athlete. What a prick. There goes your NFL draft stock. You will be seen as a liar and deceiver from here on out. You spoiled little dweebs nowadays will do anything for attention. And you're our future? Sad

457 days ago
68.

Cujeaux    

So we are to believe that a star athlete who has plenty of groupie tail, would settle for a long distance internet relationship with a girl DYING OF LEUKEMIA? Who stands him up several times? For what reason again?
I guarantee this dumb mook has a 5th grade education but he thinks he's smarter than everyone else. So what if his grandmother died. We all have a sob story. Get a grip dumbass.

457 days ago
69.

bridge trollw    

wow, who dreamed of this Heisman trophy sob story? I want to invest in his next movie script. Teo, you were this close. Gotta bow to Notre Dame and Teo. It was a great try.

457 days ago
70.

Chief Sosa    

Im shock the kartrashians didnt think of this first

457 days ago
71.

bridge trollw    

A football star who chooses an online relationship, when he is surrounded by real women on a college campus? Yea, there is more to this story than anyone is ready to admit.

457 days ago
72.

Xoxovecca619    

He's either in on it or a ****ing idiot.

457 days ago
73.

Mike    

This whole story smells of boolsheut. I think this player is lying like Lance Armstrong on a few things at least.

I wouldn't even call a girl I talk to over the internet a "girlfriend" if I have never even been in the same room with her or had sex with her. Come on. I'd call an online relationship more of a "pen pal" friend.

457 days ago
74.

Beth    

Full of SH---! Anything for attention. So stupid...

457 days ago
75.

Sally    

This could be an attempt to eventually steal his identity. In fact, his supposed girlfriend could have been someone's identity. The FBI should step in on this case. There is definitely something criminal going on.

457 days ago
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