Manti Te’o, a lineman for Notre Dame, suffered a tragic lose late last year when his girlfriend passed away. Lennay Kekua first found out that she had leukemia after a car accident with a drunk driver. The two found each other in 2009 after a Stanford game and were friends until early 2012 when they finally became a couple. Sadly, Kekua’s brief battle with leukemia ended around Sept. 12 when she passed away. Te’o missed her funeral because he said that she would not have wanted him to miss a game.
Hold the phones! After Lennay Kekua’s photo was shown on the news channels, a woman with the same face starts asking why her photo is on the news and why people are saying that she is dead. The truth comes out and it turns out that Lennay Kekua is a fictional person. Te’o is claiming that he was 'catfished', meaning that someone tricked him into believing an online profile was a real person. However, that does not explain why Te’o claimed to have met Lennay in Hawaii. Other people are saying that the girl was made up so that Te’o could get the Heisman award.
Notre Dame had a press conference and they are standing behind Te’o story. They said, “The situation was ‘a very elaborate, very sophisticated hoax perpetrated for reasons we can’t fully understand but had a certain cruelty at its core.”