Throughout the recently completed college football season, fans were subjected to a constant barrage of ManLie Teo blather. Incidentally, the college football season ended with Notre Dame getting whipped like a rented leprechaun, but I digress. Back to ManLie.
Teo's grandmother did indeed pass away as reported, certainly a difficult thing for anyone to deal with. The girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, did not die as reported. In fact, she did not even exist as reported. On Dec. 26th, Teo informed his coaches that the story of his girlfriend was in fact a hoax perpetrated on him by persons unknown. He claims the relationship was "online" and over the phone, and that he had been duped into believing that Kekua was a real person.
Here's the bottom line.....there are only 2 possiblities. The first is that Teo is telling the truth, and was an unwitting victim of an elaborate and cruel hoax. The second is that Teo is a lying scumbag, willing to do anything to bring attention to himself and his football team. Maybe it's my cynical side, but I don't believe the first explanation for a minute. If Teo is telling the truth, then his intellect is on par with, say, an overripe artichoke. That begs the question....how the hell did he get into Notre Dame? Haven't we been told all these years how rigorous the admission standards are in South Bend? Wasn't that one of the excuses put forth by a long string of failed Irish coaches? If ManLie can't see through the "fake online girlfriend" gag, then how is he going to decipher Peyton Manning's line of scrimmage shenanigans, or unravel the deception of Tom Brady's play action?
Mark my words.....at some point in the not to distant future, Teo will come clean. He will admit to being complicit in the hoax, and beg forgiveness from the NFL, football fans, and Notre Dame alums. Never fear though, after all this is only the second biggest lie to come out of the state of Hawaii in recent years. But I digress......
Read the whole sordid story here at deadspin.