So in case you haven’t heard by now, Deadspin is alleging that Manti Teo’s girlfriend never existed. Judging from their investigation / write-up, they make a pretty convincing argument.
This story is already huge so it should come as no surprise that Notre Dame took very little time to come out with an official statement. Here it is:
“Notre Dame Statement: Manti Te’o
On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te’o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.
University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President (source)”
And here we were thinking that today was a boring day in terms of news.