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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:28 PM   #1
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Nor is there any report of a severe auto accident involving a Lennay Kekua. Background checks turn up nothing. The Stanford registrar's office has no record that a Lennay Kekua ever enrolled. There is no record of her birth in the news. Outside of a few Twitter and Instagram accounts, there's no online evidence that Lennay Kekua ever existed.

The photographs identified as Kekua—in online tributes and on TV news reports—are pictures from the social-media accounts of a 22-year-old California woman who is not named Lennay Kekua. She is not a Stanford graduate; she has not been in a severe car accident; and she does not have leukemia. And she has never met Manti Te'o.

http://deadspin.com/5976517/manti-te...ason-is-a-hoax

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:32 PM   #2
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This is crazy...
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:32 PM   #3
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wtf
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:34 PM   #4
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if true, i dont even know where he goes from here
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:39 PM   #5
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if true, i dont even know where he goes from here
1) Apology Tour

2) NFL Draft 1st Round

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:40 PM   #6
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2) NFL Draft 1st Round

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:41 PM   #7
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Wow - some people are crazy!!
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:44 PM   #8
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The Ravens need a replacement.

Why not replace one psychopath with another?

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:45 PM   #9
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HE IS WHO WE THOUGHT HE WAS!!!!!

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:49 PM   #10
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What the hell????
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:53 PM   #11
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All for publicity's sake. My God.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:56 PM   #12
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In retrospect.. does Demetrius Jackson commit to Notre Dame??
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:57 PM   #13
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Just how sick and demented are these people to DO this?

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 03:58 PM   #14
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so can Djax get out of his LOI since he was supposedly inspired by a Teo speech?

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:01 PM   #15
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Did Te'o seriously have an imaginary girlfriend?

guess this can all come out now that his Heisman campaign was unsuccessful.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:07 PM   #16
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This is awful, i hope he goes undrafted.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:11 PM   #17
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I actually had a classmate who claimed one of their family members was in the world trade center when the planes hit and die in the collapse. 2 days later he recanted. It's amazing what people will do for attention.

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:13 PM   #18
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Has this hit mainstream media yet (ex Espn)?
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:14 PM   #19
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I'm told Notre Dame will have an official comment on the Deadspin Manti Te'o story shortly.

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:15 PM   #20
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Has this hit mainstream media yet (ex Espn)?
I just checked and there's not even whispers of it, if this does indeed turn out to be true than the ones who have the biggest PR disaster outside Teo would be ESPN considering how much they beat this story into our heads. Fact checking be darned these days i guess.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:17 PM   #21
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Notre Dame statement: "Notre Dame coaches informed Dec 26 by Manti Te’o & parents Manti had been victim of what appears to be a hoax"

ND: "Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself w/Manti & then conspired w/others to lead him believe she had tragically died of leukemia"

ND: "Proper authorities continue to investigate, this appears to be, at minimum, a sad & very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators"

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:19 PM   #22
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wow. This is one heck of a whopper. How did he expect to get away with this? How the heck did he get away with this for so long?

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:20 PM   #23
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Full ND Statement-

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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.

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:20 PM   #24
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ND Statement quotes from random ESPN reporter
After reading the Deadspin piece...what a load of s***. No way Te'o isn't in on this somehow.

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 04:21 PM   #25
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So is there a real Lennay Kekua? And what possible advantage would she gain from making friends with Manti and pretending to die?

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