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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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Joey    

He is guilty He wanted to garner more Heisman votes on the sympathy path. Bottom line is the way thhat he played in the Championship he should be ashamed of himself. PHONY

646 days ago
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Johnny depp    

He lied about meeting her, he lied about being with her....He continued the lie when he had a phone call from her after her "Death"
Of course he had a serious role in this to get sympathy for the Heisman Trophy an now ND is covering up for him....Idoits...Frauds...both him and ND!

646 days ago
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