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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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1.

MacMoon    

Another ND cover up....sad

645 days ago
2.

soylentgreenispeople    

Man , some people just need attention .

645 days ago
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Church Lady    

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

645 days ago
4.

manno211    

TE'OING!!!!

645 days ago
5.

GetOverYourself    

Why have a press conference? He's just going to lie more anyway. He really must think the general public is dumb as a box of rocks.

645 days ago
6.

TheEric    

WHO GIVES A ****??? There is no story here. I never even heard of his dead girlfriend until it turned out she was fake. It must be a slow news week if this is what everyone is up in arms about.

645 days ago
7.

Susan    

Hope we all are able to move on from this stupid story.

645 days ago
8.

b    

How can you have a "girlfriend" that you never met? If you can't bang her she is not your girlfriend. A captain on ND football would have real girls all over him. He was in on it.

645 days ago
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Church Lady    

Let's hope he checks himself into liar rehab.

645 days ago
10.

Pudding Tang    

Does this really need a national news conference? Oh, maybe Manti plans on running for president one day.

645 days ago
11.

Gretel    


No, no and no. It just doesn't add up. He was "in love" with a picture, words on a screen and a voice on a phone? The picture is supposedly of a woman in California who was as surprised as anyone that she was involved in this "hoax." They never Skyped or Facetimed and he never once saw her animated as they corresponded? When she "died" he didnt look up her obit, go to a visitation if there was one, or contact her family, since he was "in love" with her? He had not one friend who told him that something seemed off about this whole thing or attempted to find this mystery woman or to help him access her when she was dead or dying? He was almost guaranteed an NFL contract so real live women would have been circling him like vultures after road kill. Nah. There's way more to this story.

645 days ago
12.

verlinda    

Another College Cover up.

645 days ago
13.

david saint    

hmm, nice of so many to assert guilt based on someone saying they are "80% sure he was involved"..so, forget all the charity work he does, forget his reputation of high character..lets just assert guilt..yes, i see your logic. pft. From what the Cardinals FB said, sounds like Te'o wasnt the first one..too bad Deadspin never bothered to follow up on that, just smear a mans reputation and bask in the glory i guess..typical yellow journalism..just like this is. Fact: Aquib Talib got less press when he was accused of shooting at someone...

645 days ago
14.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

If Jodi Arias gets off on her death penalty murder charge he'd be a great new boyfriend. They could lie their way through life together ... however long that lasted.

645 days ago
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Elle-Vee    

There are so many better ways to gain publicity than this sick hoax. If he instigated it, strip him of his Heisman.

645 days ago
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