Millions read or heard of the persistence and courage of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, who supposedly persevered through tremendous personal grief and tragedy to play football in the wake of the death of his beloved grandmother and girlfriend within hours of each other.
But the girlfriend did not exist. Notre Dame and Te’o have issued statements indicating that Te’o was the victim of an elaborate hoax. But Deadspin, which first reported the story, suggests that Te’o may have been involved in the hoax, possibly to boost his profile and Heisman Trophy candidacy.
You can read the Deadspin story here.