Manti Te'o's girlfriend's death an apparent hoax
Trace Gallagher reports
- Duration 2:37
- Date Jan 16, 2013
Trace Gallagher reports
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Notre Dame reports the emotional story of its star linebackers girlfriend dying of cancer.
Apparently a hoax.
But university officials say the player himself was the victim.
Of that hoax Trace Gallagher working this is tonight -- our West Coast news -- Trace what did you learn.
And it's involved also stay with me as you know men -- tale is the best linebacker in the country really brought Notre Dame back to glory and his heart rending story.
Riveted fans around the world.
Within a span of hours we were told the -- lost his grandmother after a long illness.
And his girlfriend of leukemia both died on the day of the big Michigan game that tail went out to have the game of his life Notre Dame won.
The story of his girlfriend dying was in Sports Illustrated ESPN and every other network.
The girl's name was the naked -- and the story was that she entail met after the Stanford game she went to Stanford he went to Notre Dame.
His father was quoted as saying they spoke on the phone every night that she visited -- in Hawaii but now it's been revealed that -- they -- cola.
Didn't die of cancer didn't go to Stanford in fact she never existed.
And the picture that was plastered all over the national media for months and months was -- 22 year old woman who lives here in Southern California who never met an -- tale.
But she apparently did know the man who was behind the hoax and dad's -- dot com reports.
That man's name who perpetrated this is -- -- Tuiasosopo.
You may know home of the famous Tuiasosopo football family.
He does know man -- tail and now the big question is was NAND type -- in on the hoax he says no.
Issuing a statement saying and I'm quoting here.
This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about but over an extended period of time.
I developed an emotional relationship with a woman.
I met online to realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was and is.
Painful and humiliating.
Notre Dame all -- also issued a statement saying that tail was duped but again and again in all the interviews and anti -- -- saying.
He met this woman he spent hours talking -- on the phone.
And now he says this was nothing but an online relationship he had no part -- it.
Notre Dame is holding a news conference bill about fifteen minutes from now in South Bend.
A lot of questions about this so far we have very few -- and it is a strange twist and I clearly there is more to be reported thank you Trace Trace Gallagher from LA tonight.