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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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31.

alex    

So i don't get it. What's the guy guilty of... Being young, vulnerable, lonely.... Maybe even stupid but who wasn't young, lonely, vulnerable, and stupid at some point in their life? I just don't see why this is a national story.

589 days ago
32.

TheTruthIs    

Now, if Lindsay Lohan plays Manti Teo's invisable girlfriend in a Lifetime movie, this will be the PERFECT TMZ STORY!!!

589 days ago
33.

john    

When your first name rhymes with panties, we should all expect a lying D-Bag a$$hole loser......right?

589 days ago
34.

She's baaaack    

I'm really on the fence as to if this guy could really be that gullible or if this was an extra thump for the Heisman. However, two stories stand out: Thomas Montgomery of Buffalo NY was enticed into murdering someone by an internet "love" who didn't actually exist. The do***entary Catfish, that I think is a show now, is about the same thing minus the murder. I guess people do that kind of thing but this guy had to have women falling all over him because his football status had him going nowhere but up. I just don't know.

589 days ago
35.

frankie805    

Well at least TMZ is reporting a story outside Lindsey Lohan or Katt Williams.....

589 days ago
36.

jjde    

no one in athletics other than maybe the football program has been given these instructions and THAT'S THE TRUTH!

589 days ago
37.

houstontx    

Manit was here in Houston recently and our local new ABC 13 interviewed him and asked about his girlfriend dying of cancer and he goes on to talk about her and other family members that have died of cancer. So he was definitely in on it. He and ND can keep acting like he had nothing to do with it, but the interview doesn't lie. I find it sick and sad that he would lie about something so serious like this.

589 days ago
38.

Mike    

Some fraternity brothers at Notre Dame need to start calling some girls to hook this guy up!

This is a "booty call emergency"! A REAL girl.

589 days ago
39.

HRH Prince Michael    

While, our once Godly-blessed nation slowly and surely drowns in the blood of We, The People, in
a verifiable epidemic of Death and Destruction,
that "government"-subservient Print/Broadcast "Media" continues their diversionary tactics with
this college prank?


Of course, the once-respected Norte Dame's
woes began shortly after they INVITED the most
Abortion-supporting, Homosexual-advocating, and
Anti-Christian politician in U.S. history to give
a commencement speech.
The Confederacy of Evil -66
Notre Dame - 0


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NOW, The Most Holy Christ King Yeshua reigns!

589 days ago
40.

spectator72    

A Derek Jeter He's not

589 days ago
41.

anony    

Latest theory: the whole thing evolved into hiding the fact that Te'o is gay.

If he is, that would make sense.

589 days ago
42.

Parker    

I am on that staff and he can go phk himself..the bastard will not tell me what to talk about...he can just kiss my azz....!

589 days ago
43.

jabberjaws    

Who cares

589 days ago
44.

Parker    

What happened to freedom of speech and since when can a university tell a person what to talk about and what not too.....Sounds like a bunch of Nazi Hitlers running that school......have they heard freedom of speech and they call themselves a school...a bunch of Nazi's if you ask me..but then that is the Catholic Church....Liars!

589 days ago
45.

Jericho Morton    

He is a walking brainstem with loads of your cash for nothing. What do you expect?

589 days ago
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