Notre Dame’s Statement via FacebookOn 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.

Dennis Brown University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President

So there you have it.  Manti Te’o, his parents, the school, the team, and the entire Notre Dame family were victims of a hoax.  Someone played the old “Fictional Girl on the Internet Who You Think Is Your Girlfriend Until She Fake Dies” on Manti and he fell for it.  As any trusting, caring soul like him would.  He’s not the perpetrator.  It’s whoever broke his heart by inventing a fake chick on Twitter that he thought was his girlfriend even though she never existed that’s to blame.  He’s just a victim.  That settles that.  Let’s move along folks.  Nothing to see here.  Please disburse.  Nothing to see here.

PS.  If it turns out Te’o is behind all this, fuck him.  But he’ll be Jacksonville or Buffalo’s problem next year, not mine.

PPS.  If it turns out Knute Rockne faked George Gipp’s death, I’m losing the will to live.  @JerryThornton1