Notre Dame Star Football Player Claims He's Victim of Hoax
The story of a Notre Dame linebacker whose girlfriend died of leukemia captured the nation. Wednesday, we learned it never happened.
Heisman finalist Manti Te'o released a statement Wednesday saying he developed a relationship with a woman he met online. He said he was the victim of someone else's lies.
During the season Te'o said the loss of his girlfriend inspired him to lead Notre Dame to the BCS title game.
The story came to light when Deadspin.com said it could find no record that his girlfriend ever existed.
University officials say they were told by Te'o and his parents on December 26th that Te'o had been the victim of a hoax.
Notre Dame officials say authorities are investigating.