Notre Dame Star Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend Was Social Media Hoax

A touching story that captivated the sports world last fall was an elaborate social media-fueled hoax involving the fictitious illness and death of a beautiful young woman, who was allegedly the girlfriend of one of college football’s biggest stars.

The only remaining question: Was Notre Dame Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te’o the victim or the perpetrator of the deeply sophisticated case of stolen identify and fake death?

A Facebook post by the Notre Dame football program and statement released by Te’o both say he was unaware of the scam until late December.

The lies were exposed on

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