Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te’o is keeping quiet about his dead girlfriend, which turned out to be an internet hoax.
But he many know the person behind it.
During the 2012 season, Te’o told reporters about how his girlfriend’s death inspired him to perform in games.
On Wednesday, Notre Dame says Te’o was fooled into thinking that the girl he met online, known as Lennay Kakua, was real.
But she wasn’t.
Deadspin, the sports website that broke the hoax story, reports that relatives and friends of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo say he created the online profile of Lennay Kakua several years ago.
“They told us that he has been doing the Lennay Kekua fake online profile for several years, and that he’s caught other people in its trap- but that they caught on way earlier than Manti Te’o did,” said Deadspin editor Timothy Burke.
Deadspin also reported that Te’o and Tuiasosopo know each other.
Tuiasopopo’s father posted a Facebook message that asked the public to let Te’o pursue his dreams without judgment.
He did not say if his son was behind the hoax.