Everyone Loves a Fake, Dead Twitter Girlfriend Story

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If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past week, you’ll have heard about Manti Te’o’s fake, dead Twitter girlfriend. The question that hasn’t been answered yet is was it a hoax, as Notre Dame and Manti Te’o allege? Or was the football player pulling a publicity stunt?

To recap,

Back in September, Te’o told multiple media outlets that his girlfriend Lennay Kekua had died after a bout with cancer only hours after his grandmother passed away. The story of Manti persevering after the death of his girlfriend was so emotional, it helped catapult him to fame.

Then this week all hell/internet memes broke loose when Deadspin revealed that Lennay never actually existed. Although Manti and “Lennay” communicated through social media sites the report suggests that “Lennay” was not a real person — her Twitter account was controlled by someone pretending to be her. The photos “Lennay” used to identify herself on social media sites were of a Southern California woman who has never met Manti Te’o. Apparently, the Manti Te’o not-really-dead-girlfriend hoax was perpetuated by a man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo who had obtained the photo of the fake Lennay.

The initial article published by Deadspin suggests Manti may have been involved in concocting the hoax in an effort to gain publicity on a national level. But Manti claims he’s a victim who fell for someone’s “sick joke” and he’s really embarrassed over the scandal that’s erupted over his not-really-dead girlfriend.

Which leaves us with the questions:

  • Who has that much time on their hands to forge a yearlong fake relationship (besides the guy who outsourced his job)?
  • Who dates someone for a year without seeing them? Does he not have Skype?
  • He can’t be the first guy to attend a Catholic school with a fake girlfriend, can he?
  • If he’s in on the hoax, is he worse than Lance Armstrong? At least he didn’t fake the cancer part.
  • Will Twitter be his first endorsement deal?
  • When will the ‘Manti Te’o invented a dead girlfriend to cover up his love of dick’ rumours start? (Update: They already have!)

So many questions… And while it may take a while to get to the bottom of this mystery, we can always bide the time by Te’oing, a new internet trend following in the tradition of Tebowing and planking:

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Via: Deadspin

 

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