Notre Dame Press Conference On Manti Teo Girlfriend Death Hoax”Full”

Notre Dame said a story that star Manti Te’o’s girlfriend had died of leukemia – a loss he said inspired him all season and helped him lead the Irish to the BCS title game – turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker. The university issued a statement about a hoax Wednesday after said it could find no record that Lennay Kekua ever existed. By Te’o’s own account, she was an “online” girlfriend. “This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her,” he said in statement. “To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone’s sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.” “In retrospect, I obviously should have been much more cautious. If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was.” The university said its coaches were informed by Te’o and his parents on Dec. 26 that Te’o had been the victim of what appeared to be a hoax. Someone using a fictitious name “apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia,” the school said. The university said “the proper authorities” are investigating a “very cruel

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