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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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Lee    

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

& one of them is Manti Te'o

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2.

Berserk    

The whereabouts of one Rosey Palmer are still unknown.

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salvage    

Wow, what a stupid liar.

643 days ago
4.

Laura    

But he played up the death of a girlfriend he never met to the media? This guy needs to shut up now. What a fumb ducker.

643 days ago
5.

nukeeseballipari    

Looks he just slipped out of the 1st round

643 days ago
6.

woodin    

All he knew was a picture, a voice, some text and emails and he called her
his girlfriend???? Should have cut to the chase and bought a doll for heavens sake....

643 days ago
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Church Lady    

Oh what tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

643 days ago
8.

Berserk    

IT'S A TRAP!

643 days ago
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Yeahthatsright    

What about the news/football casts that talked about it. Good job research team!

643 days ago
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Kev Kane    

Its funny how manti found out it was a "hoax" on dec. 26. Could that be around the same time ESPN informed him that they are going to air a 3 minute special about his "troubles"? He knew her photo would be shown to a worldwide audience. So he had no choice but to cry victim to of a hoax to ND before the real girl in the photos spoke out. #solved

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11.

Sir Boo    

Who is this guy?

643 days ago
12.

onelove627    

Only a Mormon! They are all so naive!

643 days ago
13.

Berserk    

Timeline of events:
- Girlfriend passes away
- Girlfriend is found to be imaginary
- Manti Te'o blames someone else
- Manti Te'o admits he made it all up
- Manti Te'o steps out of the closet

643 days ago
14.

DaveT    

WWE themselves couldn't have scripted a better soap opera

643 days ago
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Jack    

"Manti told ND officials he had gone to Hawaii to meet Lennay in person on several occasions, but she never showed up. "
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After the first time he went wouldn't you figure it would dawn on him? It's not like he just jumped in the car and drove to the next town.

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