A few months ago, I removed myself from Facebook. I was becoming irritated by postings that were sometimes just ludicrous, a waste of time and sometimes offensive. I don’t “tweet”, because I don’t believe in texting. If I did, I most likely would not be on Twitter anyway.
Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te’o says he was the victim of a cruel hoax. The Notre Dame linebacker told the world in September and October that his girlfriend and grandmother had died within hours of each other. His “girlfriend” had been in a serious car crash and was diagnosed with terminal leukemia.
He said the events inspired him to play the best game of his life, helping Notre Dame route Michigan State 20-3.
Three seasons ago, while playing Stanford University in Palo Alto, Lennay Kekua and Te’o exchanged glances, handshakes, and phone numbers. They subsequently planned several meeting, but Kekua never showed up for them. However, Te‘o‘s father contradicted the story. “They started out as just friends,” Brian Te’o said. “Every once in a while, she would travel to Hawaii, and that happened to be the time Manti was home, so he would meet with her there. But within the last year, they became a couple. And we came to the realization that she could be our daughter-in-law. Sadly, it won’t happen now.”
Here’s the problem. Te’o claims to have received a call from a woman he believed to be Kekua on the 6th of December. She said she had never been ill. The person called again on the 8th, provoking Te’o to make a statement to the press. He said: “I don’t like cancer at all. I lost both my grandparents and my girlfriend to cancer.” Why would he discuss the death of his girlfriend now that he knew she was alive?
Te’o now says that they never actually met again after their initial encounter at Stanford. Their relationship was a series of phone calls, e mails, and tweets. He said: “To think that I shared … my happiness about my relationship and details that I thought to be true about her just makes me sick,” Te’o said in a statement. “I hope that people can understand how trying and confusing this whole experience has been.”
He says that she wrote letters to him before every game, and that the last letter he received was before the Stanford game. Notre Dame defeated Stanford on October 13th, 1 month and 3 games after Kekua’s alleged passing.
Now the “girlfriend”, on a tweet, says she will clear up all the questions today, Thursday. The Twitter account she used has been ‘cleaned’. All previous messages were deleted.