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Te’o’s fake dead girlfriend claimed she faked her death to avoid drug dealers

Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebackers Manti Te'O and Dan Fox celebrate after breaking up a touchdown pass against the USC Trojans during their NCAA college football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles Reuters

As we wait to hear whether and to what extent ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap will vouch for the credibility of an athlete who granted Schaap an exclusive off-camera interview, there is new evidence regarding the lack of credibility demonstrated by Manti Te’o’s fake dead girlfriend.

According to the Honolulu Advertiser, Te’o has told family and friends that, when his fake dead girlfriend called in December to say she wasn’t actually dead, she said that she had faked her death to elude drug dealers.

And that’s what finally prompted Te’o to become suspicious.It’s not clear when the fake dead girlfriend claimed she faked her death to avoid drug dealers.  Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick told reporters on Wednesday night that Te’o learned that the fake dead girlfriend was merely fake dead on December 6.  Te’o thereafter made multiple references to his dead girlfriend in comments to the media.

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54 Responses to “Te’o’s fake dead girlfriend claimed she faked her death to avoid drug dealers”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:23 PM

    What in the Sam Hill…?

  2. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 18, 2013 11:23 PM

    “I faked my death to avoid drug dealers” is almost as appealing in a potential female partner as “I had sex with my dad to learn how to do it right.”

  3. littlejohn4life says: Jan 18, 2013 11:25 PM

    Who Cares?

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 18, 2013 11:26 PM

    Things obviously don’t add up here. Some of the “alleged” events which occurred were in late December. Well after the end of the world.

  5. ronlpitts says: Jan 18, 2013 11:26 PM

    Yeah she called me to, she dialed the wrong number, but I just started talking like I was Te’o, since she had never met him, it was pretty easy to convince her.

  6. nfllaborstrifesucks says: Jan 18, 2013 11:27 PM

    This story just got better than Eldrick booking down his driveway and impaling his SUV on a tree, barefoot, on Thanksgiving.

  7. tbd3 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:28 PM

    Wait. So a woman pretended to be Lennay Kakua and talked to Manti on the phone every night for a whole freakin’ year? What the hell? What was her motive? That’s some intense dedication.

  8. pftfollower says: Jan 18, 2013 11:28 PM

    Imagine how hard he’d bite on a Tom Brady play action play

  9. carnival88 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:32 PM

    My head hurts

  10. benihanagt says: Jan 18, 2013 11:32 PM

    I hope that’s not the best he could come up with.

  11. wisewoo says: Jan 18, 2013 11:35 PM

    Te’all crazy.

  12. seahawksbmx says: Jan 18, 2013 11:37 PM

    My faking head is spinning from this.

  13. borisbulldog says: Jan 18, 2013 11:37 PM

    This is getting real hard to follow.

    Maybe John Madden can come on with a Telestrator and document the whole deal.

  14. descendency says: Jan 18, 2013 11:38 PM

    I’m surprised he didn’t ask how much money they were looking for…

  15. meanmeanstride says: Jan 18, 2013 11:39 PM

    This story just keeps getting stranger and stranger…

  16. Deb says: Jan 18, 2013 11:39 PM

    And if you’re going to fake your death, leukemia is definitely the way to go. As a three-time cancer survivor, I can tell you that it’s really easy to pull off months of fake in-patient chemo, a fake bone-marrow transplant, and a fake pulling of the plug. Yep … Te’o’s story gets more believable by the minute.

  17. FinFan68 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:39 PM

    This entire story has jumped the shark. It has become a face saving exercise. He should just say no comment until it goes away.

  18. dominicthedonkey says: Jan 18, 2013 11:39 PM

    Wow this story is Like a soap opera and very confusing.

    NEXT WEEK on the Young & The Clueless:
    Will the fake dead girlfriend come back from the dead pregnant? And did Teo knock her up?

  19. lroc20 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:40 PM

    Who cares, this should be on tmz

  20. packfan1 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:40 PM

    I’m getting more confused..

  21. randallflagg52 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:45 PM

    It’s not clear when the fake dead girlfriend claimed she faked her death to avoid drug dealers.

    ====================================

    I’m sure no journalist ever thought they’d have to write that sentence.

  22. pastabelly says: Jan 18, 2013 11:46 PM

    Heavenly Father is code for Local Crack Dealer.

  23. wwwfella says: Jan 18, 2013 11:49 PM

    somebody really needs to teach him the meeting of the saying quit while your ahead

  24. murraysons says: Jan 18, 2013 11:49 PM

    poor kid, this is so messed up

  25. Stiller43 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:51 PM

    Did schaap ask him why, over 3 years, he didnt see her once?

    Including her being:

    – the love of his life
    – in a bad car accident
    – diagnosed with incurable cancer
    – able to go to at least some of his away football games
    – dead…he didnt even go to her funeral?!

  26. classyjacklambert says: Jan 18, 2013 11:52 PM

    Hole to…stupid autocorrect.

  27. yyyass says: Jan 18, 2013 11:54 PM

    Really??? That’s their latest claim? When one finds himself in deep hole, it is best to stop digging.

  28. tinopuno says: Jan 18, 2013 11:54 PM

    Rumors of her demise were as greatly exaggerated as were rumors on Manti’s defensive skills.

  29. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:55 PM

    I used the same excuse to take a week off work.

  30. tinopuno says: Jan 18, 2013 11:55 PM

    on=of

  31. bills4 says: Jan 19, 2013 12:00 AM

    What?????

  32. herbertjablonski says: Jan 19, 2013 12:02 AM

    hmmm……

  33. grantgoodman93 says: Jan 19, 2013 12:04 AM

    And the plot….thickens?

  34. mazblast says: Jan 19, 2013 12:08 AM

    Speaking of fakes, here’s a for-real promotion from the Florence Freedom of independent baseball’s Frontier League–

    “On Thursday, May 23 the Freedom will be giving away the Manti Te’o Girlfriend Bobblehead to the first 1000 fans through the gates.

    “This will be the best kind of bobblehead a fan could get,” Freedom General Manager Josh Anderson said. “Because now fans can make the bobblehead out to be whatever they want it to be.”

    Yes Freedom fans, the boxes will be empty. But that’s where fan imagination can run wild and individual unique stories about what the bobblehead should really look like can begin. ”

    http://www.florencefreedom.com/newsnotes.php?nID=370

  35. sixjak says: Jan 19, 2013 12:09 AM

    Hmmm this poor family is getting eaten alive by the national media. They better get their act together soon before their gravy train turns into the gravy minivan.

  36. cwenger says: Jan 19, 2013 12:34 AM

    I can’t wait to hear this guy’s Wonderlic score. Vince Young should be nervous.

  37. cliffordc05 says: Jan 19, 2013 12:42 AM

    Could this thing get any screwier?

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 19, 2013 12:57 AM

    cwenger says: Jan 19, 2013 12:34 AM

    I can’t wait to hear this guy’s Wonderlic score. Vince Young should be nervous.
    ————–

    The thing about psycho/sociopaths like this guy, their aptitude scores are generally off the charts. But yes, I agree, he is not common SENSE smart, for sure.

  39. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 19, 2013 1:02 AM

    This is what they’ve spent all this time just to come up with?

    All the colluding with attorneys and PR staffers to come up with this concoction?

    What’s next? We’re going to find out that he has a twin and that twin was the one who got pushed aside like a bystander at a bank robbery during that Alabama game? At this point, nothing would surprise me with this story.

  40. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 19, 2013 1:16 AM

    Yeah, off-camera alright… with an attorney having coached him for 36 hours and sitting there tipping him on what and what not to answer, and reminding him on how to answer certain (groundball, apparently) questions.

  41. mullman76 says: Jan 19, 2013 1:47 AM

    Looks like there’s alot of ins-n-outs, alot of what-have-yous, you know this thing has many layers………New information has come to light man!!!

  42. fuglyflorio says: Jan 19, 2013 5:04 AM

    Lovin’ it !

  43. ravensfan8780 says: Jan 19, 2013 5:16 AM

    pftfollower says:
    Jan 18, 2013 11:28 PM
    Imagine how hard he’d bite on a Tom Brady play action play

    Imagine how hard he’d bite on a Ryan Lindey play action play!!!!!!!!!!

  44. hodag54501 says: Jan 19, 2013 5:43 AM

    So much for the apparent myth of academic credibility at Notre Dame.
    Crazy is as crazy does.
    If Al Davis was still around, this would be a marriage made in heaven.

  45. whatjusthapped says: Jan 19, 2013 7:38 AM

    Considering that Notre Dame’s academic standards are on par with Stanford and other top schools, it begs the question how the guy ever got admitted in the first place.

    If there was a ever a dumber student to attend Notre Dame, we have yet to met them.

  46. broadstbully says: Jan 19, 2013 7:55 AM

    Some of the best comments in PFT history are contained in this article. Thank you, Manti T’eo.

  47. realfootballfan says: Jan 19, 2013 8:03 AM

    Somebody tell this clown to just stop.

  48. hoosierdude says: Jan 19, 2013 8:21 AM

    Te’o doesn’t exist either – just ask the Alabama offense.

  49. cometkazie says: Jan 19, 2013 8:33 AM

    It’s turned from ludicrous to really stupid.

  50. samoanjungle says: Jan 19, 2013 10:39 AM

    Getting tricked by a fake GF for 3 months is one thing…..3 years?
    So after 1 full year, not even a little suspicious? Not enough to hop in a car for a visit when it’s the “Love of your life”?
    No wondering why she doesn’t have a Facebook profile with friends posting on her wall? What college kid doesn’t use Facebook?
    No looking up her Obituary or news about the car wreck online?
    No going to her funeral?
    And the REAL kicker – Not even calling the hospital to talk to her when she had her car wreck or was there for cancer treatment?
    Something isn’t adding up.

  51. ickabod665 says: Jan 19, 2013 11:07 AM

    I’m beginning to think that the real prank here is that this was a prank.

  52. phillybirds says: Jan 19, 2013 11:22 AM

    this gets better & better for Notre Dame.

  53. fordmandalay says: Jan 19, 2013 3:29 PM

    This is a lesson to everyone; if you’re going to be a liar, learn to be a good one.

  54. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 19, 2013 4:12 PM

    Book smart rarely equates to street smarts. How many REAL cats get caught in the gaffle like this?

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