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Athletic Director: Te'o Was Victim Of Hoax

Last updated on Thursday, January 17, 2013

(SOUTH BEND) - Notre Dame’s Athletic Director is speaking out about the controversy surrounding star football player Manti Te’o and his supposedly dead girlfriend.

Jack Swarbrick said Te'o was the victim of an elaborate and sophisticated hoax surrounding his supposed girlfriend Lennay Kukua who was believed to have died in September from leukemia.

Swarbrick said Te'o and the woman had an online relationship, despite reports the two had met several times.

He said Te'o became suspicious when he received a phone call from the same woman in December while attending an ESPN award show saying she in fact was not dead. Swarbrick said Te'o informed his parents, coaches and Swarbrick himself of the situation. He said the university hired a private investigation firm to look into the situation.

That investigation, Swarbrick said, revealed online chatter among multiple perpetrators bragging about what they had accomplished.

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