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Manti Te'o

Dragged Back Into Spotlight

...Thanks to Josh Shaw

8/28/2014 9:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Just when Manti Te'o thought the whole fake GF catfishing thing was behind him, it's all coming back to life ... thanks to USC star Josh Shaw

After Shaw admitted that he made up the whole story about heroically saving his 7-year-old nephew from drowning in Palmdale, Manti's name became a trending topic in the U.S. on Twitter.

And that's when the memes starting flooding the net -- most of which were at Te'o's expense. 

Of course, while Te'o was at Notre Dame, he was catfished by a man -- pretending to be a girl -- but when Manti realized he was the victim of a hoax, he lied to the media in an effort to cover the whole thing up. 

Eventually, the whole story came to light ... the catfisher was ID'd as Ronaiah Tuiasosopo -- who eventually fessed up to hoaxing Te'o. 

Manti went on to have a pretty good rookie season in the NFL despite the headlines. 

We're guessing he isn't too thrilled to have to be dealing with the whole thing all over again.

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8 COMMENTS

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1.

rachface    

What a moron.

64 days ago
2.

PokeFangirl    

I always felt bad for Te'O because it's not like most of his hecklers forgot that they probably have been catfished too. The name behind the concept may have changed but pretending to be someone else is nothing new. Before Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram was a thing, there were forums and chatrooms filled with liars (and a lot of pedophiles apparently), and before that people simple mailed a stolen photograph with a letter while lying over the phone. That being said even I have to admit I laughed when I saw that NFL Meme.

64 days ago
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lourdgoogoo    

Don't feel bad for Manti. He did it to himself. A "girlfriend" that he never even Skyped is not a girlfriend.

62 days ago
4.

ed in NC    

If you believe for one minute Manti didn't know what was up....I have a bridge to sell you. Manti and that guy were involved - secretly gay. But his "gf" had to fess up to hlp him cover his fake story. Why isn't that boy laying pipe all over town? HUH? TELL ME?

60 days ago
5.

Chad    

Te'o is definitely full blown gay. I mean come on, all 4 years at ND in the limelight & could of had any woman on campus prob or off but because of his queer ness he instead shields himself with this fictitious girl (man) friend. He's prob the 1st guy in the showers after practice & games & the last one to get out. I'm a big ND fan & there's no doubt Te'o hangs out at Pickle Park believe that!

26 days ago

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