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American Football player lies about girlfriend who died and didn’t exist

by Rob Dore | January 17, 2013

There are a lot of situations within a relationship when it’s perfectly okay to lie.

“Yes darling, that dress does make you look like Mila Kunis.”
“You look as beautiful as the day we got married.”
“No, of course I didn’t fake it.”
“It’s not the size that matters.”

However lying about the fact that your girlfriend has died of leukemia isn’t one of them. Especially when that girlfriend has also been made up.

If you’re not already familiar with the tale, this week the story emerged that Notre Dame’s star linebacker Manti Te’o never had a girlfriend called Lennay Keku. Why is this even a news story? Lying about having a girlfriend is a regular occurrence in this office.

Well let us quickly explain. Te’o became something of a media darling when his girlfriend died of leukemia the day after his grandmother died. He became a source of inspiration to his team-mates and to anyone who watched his story on tv. Manti conducted numerous interviews where he talked about touching subjects like her last words to him before she died.

Except she didn’t die because she never existed. Deadspin.com became suspicious of this story and decided to investigate a little deeper.

Now it turns out that the whole thing was a hoax and that Manti’s supposed girlfriend Lennay Keku only ever existed on Twitter and Facebook. He’s claiming that he is the victim of a cruel hoax but his story isn’t matching up with the evidence Deadspin claims to have uncovered. It is starting to appear as though it was instigated by a friend of his and that Manti may have been involved from the star.

Read their investigation here

Te’o is destined for the NFL in this year’s draft but this story could impact how high he’s drafted and how much money he makes.

Either he’s a fool for being sucked in so easily or he’s a cynical scumbag who played with the emotions of others to promote himself. I know which one I’d rather be.

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