When it comes to the Manti Te’o’s story regarding the hoax, his claim of innocence sounds just as ridiculous as the story itself. He reportedly met Lennay Kekua, his fake girlfriend, in November 2009, developed a relationship between 2010 and 2011, alleged she was in a car accident in early 2012 where it was discovered that she had leukemia, alleged she died along with his grandmother in September 2012, and alleged he discovered it was all a hoax by December 6, 2012.
Notre Dame, the school Te’o attended, investigated whether the hoax implicated extortion, gambling, or an effort to influence the outcome of the national championship game. Extortion involves obtaining another’s property by force, violence, or fear. Accusations of gambling suggests that Te’o or Notre Dame used the hoax to fix outcomes of games for profit. Evidently, Notre Dame did not uncover anything to show that Te’o or the coaches knew of the hoax, and used it to obtain a spot at the national championship game or obtain funds from gambling operations.
Recently, Te’o acknowledged deceiving the public into thinking he was unaware of the hoax prior to the Heisman ceremony and the national championship game. Some people still, however, suggest that Te’o knew of the hoax prior to the girlfriend’s alleged death. According to Stephen A. Smith of First Take, it is unreasonable to claim love for a girl without meeting her face to face, seeing her in the hospital after discovering she’s sick, or attending her funeral. Do you agree? Or is it possible to be that naïve within a three-year period?