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February 11, 2013
In a Sept. 15, 2012, story about Notre Dame’s college football victory over Michigan State that highlighted linebacker Manti Te’o’s performance, The Associated Press erroneously reported that he played in the game a few days after the death of his girlfriend, who had a long battle with leukemia. Other AP stories through Jan. 3, 2013, also contained references to the girlfriend’s death, including some directly quoting Te’o and his father, Brian Te’o, about how he played through personal grief. On Jan. 16, Notre Dame officials and Manti Te’o said there was never a girlfriend or a death, and that Te’o was victimized in a hoax. Others have since come forward to say Te’o was duped in a series of phone calls and online messages purporting to be from a girl he never met in person.
The blanket correction the Associated Press is putting on all stories regarding Manti Te’o’s dead girlfriend, a story which was later proven to be falsified.
7:59 // 10 months ago
January 17, 2013
And the twist … The Twitter account Manti Te’o’s reported fake girlfriend tweeted last night promising a full explanation, which means that a weird story just got weirder.
EDIT: Context to the “Reagan and Troy” bit:
The tweet refers to Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Mauia who told ESPN that he and Pittsburgh Steelers star Troy Polamalu actually met the girl. Mauia told ESPN that before Te’o’s relationship with Kekua, they became “good friends” and talked on and off.
8:52 // 10 months ago