Manti Te’o’s story was the most compelling of the college football season.
The All-America linebacker and star of a Notre Dame team enjoying a Cinderella season was playing inspired football on the field and dealing with great mental anguish off it. Two of the most important women in his life, his grandmother and his girlfriend, were gravely ill.
Both women, Annette Santiago, Te’o’s grandmother, and Lennay Kekua, reported to be Te’o’s girlfriend, died within hours of each other Sept. 11, 2012.
Now, it appears Te’o’s inspiring story was a hoax. According to a report on Deadspin.com, a website that has broken some high-profile stories but not an outlet regarded for journalistic standards, Kekua never existed.
What remains unclear is whether Te’o was a participant in the hoax.
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