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The Manti T’eo hoax

The death of the girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker was a tragedy that motivated the star to a near-championship season and touched the emotions of millions of fans.  Or, was it all just a hoax?

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Voicemails left for Manti Te’o from Lennay Kekua

Johnny is joined by ABC 7’s chief investigative reporter Chuck Goudie to discuss the Manti Te’o scandal.


Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te’O during the third quarter of the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game (Robert Duyos / Sun-Sentinel)

It was widely reported that Notre Dame football play Manti Te’o’s grandmother and girlfriend had passed away on the same day. It was a heartbreaking, heroic tale but only half of it is true, apparently. The website reveals that Te’o’s girlfriend never existed.