Manti Te’o Girlfriend Hoax: Notre Dame Stands by Star Linebacker

| by Alex Groberman

When it comes to Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend hoax, the battle lines have been drawn.

The media, most fans and just about everyone who has heard what happened thus far acknowledges that the main character of this unfortunate soap opera was at least partially disingenuous regarding how he met his fake dead girlfriend.

Notre Dame, the institution that helped turn Te’o into a national football hero and the runner-up to this year’s Heisman, thinks (or at least says) he was the unwitting participant of a vicious hoax perpetuated by mean internet folk.

On Wednesday, just hours after Deadspin broke the story regarding precisely how fake Te’o’s fake dead girlfriend was, Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick met with reporters to discuss the matter.

By way of The Big Lead:

According to Swarbrick, Te’o is the “single most trusting human being” he has ever met, and will henceforth “never be able to trust in the same way again.” Well, that explains it. Maybe the reason he thought he and his girlfriend met in Palo Alto -- as opposed to on the internet like he said yesterday -- is because he trusted the South Bend Tribune report, quoting his father, that cited this as the case.

(Kudos The Big Lead)

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