Monday, January 21, 2013
Manti Te'o hoax continued in Miami
By ESPN.com staff
Manti Te'o was still being hoaxed two nights before the Discover BCS National Championship, a source told "Outside the Lines."
The Saturday night before the title game, the Notre Dame linebacker said he thought a group of people that had admitted duping him about the death of his Internet girlfriend "Lennay Kekua" was downstairs in the Notre Dame team hotel lobby trying to reach him, according to an interview Te'o did with ESPN.
However, "Outside the Lines" has learned that the stalking story appears to be just one more hoax that was played on Te'o.
Te'o says the stalkers sent him a photo of his hotel lobby on Jan. 5 and asked him to come down and meet them that Saturday night, but it was after the 11 p.m. ET curfew for Notre Dame players.
Te'o says he told them, "I just want to see you. Look at you square in the face and just be done with this thing. Just erase everything so I know the truth."
According to Te'o, the group claimed it couldn't get past hotel security because it didn't have the proper ID cards.