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Manti Te'o is an American football player who became embroiled in controversy in early 2013, when the story of his girlfriend's tragic death was revealed to be a fabrication.
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Notre Dame officials, made aware of the situation in late December, had kept quiet while they conducted an internal investigation.
Te'o admitted that he had lied about meeting Kekua and continued to sustain the girlfriend narrative, though he swore he had been deceived the whole time. Eventually, more evidence surfaced that a young California man named Roniah Tuiasosopo had orchestrated the hoax,
fostering a phony online identity with photos from another woman's Facebook page while enlisting accomplices to portray the fictitious Kekua's friends and family. Others stepped forward to reveal that they, too, had been duped by an identical scheme, known as "catfishing," at the hands of Tuiasosopo.
It was one of the most bizarre stories to surface in the sports world in a long time, and for the young man at the center of it all, the erstwhile smooth path to NFL stardom became exponentially more twisted.
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