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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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76.

Gretel    

It just doesn't add up. He was "in love" with a picture, words on a screen and a voice on a phone? The picture is supposedly of a woman in California who was as surprised as anyone that she was involved in this "hoax." They never Skyped or Facetimed and he never once saw her animated as they corresponded? When she "died" he didnt look up her obit, go to a visitation if there was one, or contact her family, since he was "in love" with her? He had not one friend who told him that something seemed off about this whole thing? Nah. There's way more to this story.

543 days ago
77.

anony    

Deadspin is right: Te'o's story doesn't add up.

543 days ago
78.

Linda    

My granddaughter came home form Saint Mary's at ND two weeks after the death lol and said wow Manti has a girlfriend at Saint Marys already. Don't think He was that blind love. Fake!!

543 days ago
79.

Georgia Glass    

He should have called her Georgia...Georgia Glass.

543 days ago
80.

Down Low    

I was thinking the same thing, this must be a cover for possible rumors of him being gay. Haha, he should at least do it the proper way, like Tom Cruise and hire a woman to play the GF/Wife. Seal it with a contract.

543 days ago
81.

Dom The Mover    

So What, who cares

543 days ago
82.

mjlover77    

What did the "girlfriend" get of this before her "death?"In order to be duped, there has to be something she was getting, otherwise its just wasted time and effort. He was in on this.

543 days ago
83.

Rant On    

This guy is....wait for it ......homosexual. He lied to cover up his sexual preference. Down vote me if you want, but its true.

543 days ago
84.

cjarvis77    

Everyone just sit back and enjoy the show Manti will be telling everyone he is a liar SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

543 days ago
85.

cjarvis77    

Why would you waste your time on an online girlfriend. ALL LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!

543 days ago
86.

Dennis Johnson    

ROLL TIDE!................Oh they did didn't they.ND national CHUMPS!

543 days ago
87.

cate    

Stop w/ the sports stories! no idea who the ppl r and so don't care!

543 days ago
88.

antigirlygirl    

Do y'all believe this junk? He actually didn't have a real girlfriend? That's it..strip him of his Playa card.

543 days ago
89.

Never Surprised    

Sounds like another episode of 'Cat Fish' in the making. Someone call Nev quick.

543 days ago
90.

SappyP    

Can you say Catfish? Maybe he doesn't watch.

543 days ago
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