Story of Te’o girlfriend death apparently a hoax
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A story that Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o’s girlfriend had died of leukemia — a loss he said inspired him to help lead the Irish to the BCS championship game — was dismissed by the university today as a hoax perpetrated against the linebacker.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says his faith has not been shaken in Te’o “one iota.”
Swarbrick says an investigation by a firm the school hired has convinced him that Te’o was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose death was then faked by the perpetrators of the hoax.