9:26 pm - 01/16/2013


An anonymous Notre Dame teammate of Te’o spoke to Jackie Peppers of Pepperonsports.com who has formerly worked for ESPN, Fox Sports, The NFL Network is currently freelancing for Yahoo Sports.

The teammate shed some light on what was really going on between Te’o and his Fake Dead Cancer Girlfriend.

Here is what he had to say:

The Notre Dame football player, who asked for anonymity, told Pepper On Sports, “No we all knew he had only seen her once. But when the media was saying how he went through both deaths we knew,” said the source, referring to the back-to-back deaths of Te’o’s grandmother and girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who allegedly died of Leukemia.

In defense of the Heisman Trophy candidate, the source said he believes the lie may have indeed started with somebody duping Te’o using a phony twitter account, and eventually, faking their own death.

Early in my conversation with the source, the Notre Dame player said, “He lied, but the media blew it up.” In response to my follow-up question asking if the source thought that Te’o kept the story going because of the media attention, the player replied, “Yeah. Right after the Michigan [State] game. He should have never brought her in the media. His grandma passing was enough.”
“We would never bring it up.  But we would look at him when he would get all emotional during media about his girl,” the player said.
When asked if he thought Te’o was a good actor, the player replied, “Very good.”

This sounds accurate to me, but instead of manning up, Te’o will play the victim.  The reality is it was his attention whoring that got him into the situation he is in now.
Here is the best case scenario theory for Te’o and there are a lot of wild rumors going.  It is possible originally he was Catfished, but once the media picked up the story, he didn’t dare admit that the person he was talking to wasn’t real.  His Ego got in the way and had him doing interviews like the one he did with Jim Rome where he plays up the relationship like it was a magical love between two people who met on a football field.
Just like with most lies they started to stack on top of each other and got bigger and bigger to the point Te’o was simply in too deep. Once he realized he had been duped and it was possible he could get exposed he confessed to Notre Dame claiming he was the victim.

IMO, i think he was in on it and the only people who got catfished was the national media not te'o
dancedallnight 17th-Jan-2013 03:54 am (UTC)
idek what made deadspin investigate this story lol. Like someone on ESPN was saying how he looked for the obituary and didn't find one, but didn't really put much thought into it. I just want to know what makes you even thinking about researching whether or not someone's dead girlfriend ever existed.
bluesforgotten 17th-Jan-2013 04:00 am (UTC)
Apparently, there were like 5 different versions of the timeline when the girlfriend died, and someone thought it was weird and looked into it. A lot of people hate ND, and a lot of people hate whoever is really famous at a given time, so I could see how this story would catch someone's attention if they were interested in finding out the truth, ya know?
wicked_jade 17th-Jan-2013 04:41 am (UTC)
I remember when they were talking about his story during the game right after the grandmother died, and the commentators were like, "apparently his girlfriend died too." But they weren't really clear on it, and then later they said she was just his "friend," and then it went back to girlfriend, and then that she died on the same day. And my mom and I were sitting there going, "Umm, guys? Which one is it? Check yo facts." It seemed so strange that there wasn't concrete info on this big, feel good story of the college football year. But then everyone seemed to go with with girlfriend dying the same day as the grandmother, so I figured they'd at least googled her obit or something.
xylocarp 17th-Jan-2013 04:31 am (UTC)
maybe someone tipped them off?
lucie_inthesky 17th-Jan-2013 07:11 am (UTC)
I read the Deadspin writer received some kind of random email, alerting him to the fact that shit was weird. Dates didn't match up, stories were changing, etc. I'm an Alabama alum and I can only hope it was Coach Saban behind this "outing". Just because he's that badass, he knows all.

Is there still an NFL Europe? Manti might just want to remove himself and try for one of those teams come draft time. Can you imagine the grief he'll get from new teammates over this debacle?! I kinda love it.
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