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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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46.

Sasha    

Can you stop posting about these nobodies who lie... wait thats all celebrities continue!

609 days ago
47.

Newstrendz     

Shame on ND, what happened to free speech. Newstrendz.com likes this.

609 days ago
48.

Twiz    

Gotta love the way all the sheeple automatically ASSume that anything TMZ and (gag) Deadspin say is absolute fact

609 days ago
49.

Dave    

Notre Dame taking a page out of the Penn State playbook.....

609 days ago
50.

gitRdun    

Given that Manti gave interviews talking about how he would miss his dead girlfriend, he HAS to have been in on the hoax.

609 days ago
51.

Throwback kid    

No one is calling out Manti Teo's father? In interviews he said Teo met the imaginary girl in 2009 at the Stanford game, and also said she spent vacations with Teo. Now Teo is claiming to be the victim of a hoax, well was his father in on the hoax? Why would the father say she came to visit? The think the Teo family is less than honest, and this whole story is one big lie by them. And Notre Dame is now covering it up

609 days ago
52.

Truth    

THERE GOES HIS SHOT AT THE HEISMAN TROPHY - WHICH IS ALSO FAKE LIKE HIS GF... SINCE HE WILL NEVER GET ONE NOW OR IN THE FUTURE. #TRUTH!!

609 days ago
53.

dianne    

So he had a girlfriend he never met, I bet he has a boyfriend he has met. Makes you wonder doesn't it.

609 days ago
54.

There's a problem here    

Man, I thought the blacks and the white trash had weird names.

609 days ago
55.

Soetoro    

He lover her so much, so when and what grave did you visit? When you said the family wanted privacy who told you that? You sent flowers to the funeral, did the flower company return them as undeliverable? You say you talked for hours on end with her sometimes through the night, do you have a phone bill to prove that absurdity?

609 days ago
56.

Sally    

I believe Manti is innocent also and did not realize of the scam - the others were eventually going to blackmail him.

609 days ago
57.

OBSERVER    

I'm glad Manti Te'o's fake dead girlfriend isn't around to see this.

609 days ago
58.

danny    

Sounds like ND is taking the Penn State road to take care of everything in-house and not let the authories know what really was happening.

609 days ago
59.

JOEY    

dumb f**k

609 days ago
60.

el polacko    

it would have been much less 'embarrassing' for him to have just come out of the closet rather than thinking that he had to invent a sick, dying girlfriend. yes, there's homophobia in sports but there's also a lot of gay men. it's time for everybody to accept reality for the mental health of everyone. nobody should be forced to lie about their life.

609 days ago
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