The vice president of Notre Dame spoke out about the allegations the existence of the school’s star football player Manti Te’o cancer-stricken girlfriend was a hoax.
Jack Swarbrick talked to the media Wednesday about a too-trusting football star and a woman who was never real.
“The single most trusting person I’ve ever met will never be able to trust in the same way in his life. That’s an incredible tragedy,” said Swarbrick.
The woman was Manti Te’o’s supposed on-line girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, who we were led to believe died of leukemia in September, around the same time that Te’o lost his grandmother.”
The powerful narrative of a double-tragedy for a star linebacker trying to lead his team to victory was widely reported and never questioned. Until deadspin.com took a closer look and found the truth: The girlfriend, Lennay, simply did not exsist.
He goes on to detail meeting a woman online and developing an emotional relationship, one Te’o says he thought was real. There were online chats and phone conversations with somebody, he says.
“To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone’s sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating,” Te’o said in the statement.
On that last point, faculty in South Bend want there to be no doubt.
“This was a very elaborate, very sophisticated hoax, perpetrated for reasons we can’t fully understand, but had a certain cruelty at its core.” Swarbrick said.