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Manti Te'o Scandal

Notre Dame Tells Staff

KEEP YOUR MOUTHS SHUT

1/17/2013 7:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Notre Dame is circling the wagons on the Manti Te'o not-really-dead-girlfriend hoax ... TMZ has learned the school has instructed staff to keep their mouths shut ... or else.

One person connected to the program tells us ... officials have warned staff, if they speak to the media about the scandal without permission from the University, they will "never work for Notre Dame again."

The ND athletic director already held a news conference last night, saying the University believes Manti is an innocent victim who was hoaxed by some cyber-bullies for no apparent reason.

The initial article published by Deadspin.com suggests Manti may have been involved in concocting the hoax in an effort to gain publicity on a national level.

Manti is expected to address the media later today.

Stay tuned ...

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16.

JimmyB    

The "love of his life" never actually met him? Huh??

621 days ago
17.

Gretel    

You should never put your full trust in someone with a wonky eye.

621 days ago
18.

helloitsme    

There are 5 articles in the last 24 hours but theman many know nothing about and the whole storyline is dumb!

621 days ago
19.

TheCat    

Shameful. Supposed leaders acting like 35 year olds. Shhhhhhh

621 days ago
20.

bjay    

Bizarre. His imaginary dead GF just killed his NFL career.

621 days ago
21.

helloitsme    

Big deal! There are people actually engaged to be married to people they met on the internet but not in person. Crazy, but true!

621 days ago
22.

Vanessa Pevec    

I really hope this hoax is not a way for this guy to get a bit of the limelight like the "Miss Alabama scenrio". Just sayin?!

V. Pevec
Ontario, Canada

621 days ago
23.

TPF    

This will come back to bite Notre Dame in the rear, because both the administration and he are lying about this. The truth will come out and ND will fall!
Be honest and take the punishment ND and Manti.

621 days ago
24.

LISA    

Why is Notre Dame spending so much time and money trying to figure out if Manti Te'o was part of the hoax or just a victim? He is an athlete, not the president or royalty!


It's sad either way ... if he made up, it was probably to shut up people questioning why he was single ... if it was a hoax, he probably felt embarrassed for falling for it. I guess she needed to be fakely killed off, because people were probably questioning why they were never seen together (hence the fake illness …).

621 days ago
25.

Laura    

So Notre Dame is threatening anyone that wants to speak, tell the truth, things like that? ND is looking really, really bad here.

621 days ago
26.

blackcockus    

can someone explain to me what this is all about.
he told a lie... so now he has to apologize for it.
who cares? no wonder all these young idiots voted for obama, they are bought and sold on ***** issues like this one.

621 days ago
27.

Chorizo300    

He is gay and was trying to hide it by making up a girlfriend!! He'll be the first active gay player in the NFL!!!

621 days ago
28.

Soetoro    

I think more specifically, they told them to shut up about his boyfriend. How about one girl in all his time at ND raise their hand hand and say I went there?

621 days ago
29.

Mike    

Jeez. This is just freakin bizarre. We must be in "end times". When even the football stars at Notre Dame cannot find a REAL girlfriend on campus to screw and hang out with we must be getting close to the apocalypse.

It's pathetic. He doesn't have to use to internet to find a girl. Most of the time the football players on campus have girls stuffing phone numbers into their pockets. All he has to do is show up for a after game party.

I would be super embarrassed if I was this guy ... like put a brown paper bag over my head walking around campus embarrassed.

The best thing Notre Dame could do for this guy is FIND HIM A REAL GIRL and have some pictures of them making out grabbing some titty and ass, etc.

621 days ago
30.

speakMYbrain    

HE MADE THE STORY UP! THATS ALL THERE IS TO IT!

621 days ago
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