Manti Te’o had no involvement in the bizarre hoax involving his “dead girlfriend,” the Notre Dame star linebacker insisted to ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap in his first interview since the story broke Wednesday.
The emotional and heartbreaking story about the beginning of college football star Manti Te’o's season is well known by now. On Sept. 12, Te’o's grandmother and girlfriend died within six hours of each other. Te’o said that the deaths helped inspire him to play better. The problem with the story: The girlfriend did not die. In fact, she wasn’t even real.