2013 Deadspin Hall Of Fame Nominee: Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend

Lennay Kekua was the heartbreaking story of the 2012 college football season. She was the young, beautiful girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, but she died that September. The way the narrative went, her death served as an inspiration for what would become a charmed season, both for Te'o and for the… » 11/26/13 12:15pm 11/26/13 12:15pm

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Sued Over The One True Thing He Told Manti Te'o

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who masterminded the hoax behind Manti Te'o's fake dead girlfriend, is being sued in Los Angeles Superior Court by a friend who claims he suffered brain damage after a March 2012 auto accident while riding in a car driven by Tuiasosopo. » 10/02/13 5:55pm 10/02/13 5:55pm

Manti Te'o Is Now A San Diego Charger

Well, it took a day longer than expected, but former Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te'o, whom we've enjoyed following over the past three months and change, has finally found himself an NFL home. He went with pick No. 38 to the San Diego Chargers, a real NFL team, albeit one with a doctor who seems fictitious. » 4/26/13 7:24pm 4/26/13 7:24pm

Te'o Still Has An Odd Explanation For Skipping Girlfriend's Funeral

After all that waiting—you were waiting for this, right?—the NFL draft has finally popped up on our calendars. Which means it's as good a time as ever for fresh eyes to try to figure out what exactly happened with Manti Te'o, who could go toward the end of tonight's first round (although he won't be in the building),… » 4/25/13 3:21pm 4/25/13 3:21pm

"Lennay Kekua's Entry" Won ESPN's Tournament Challenge

Thanks to the several of you who tipped us off to this fun little bow on the NCAA Tournament. Lennay Kekua's entry correctly picked Louisville to win tonight (and a lot of other games, naturally) is ranked No. 1 on ESPN's leaderboard. » 4/09/13 12:37am 4/09/13 12:37am

The Associated Press Has Finally Gone About Correcting Its Lennay…

Whoever said print media wasn't nimble? It's been three weeks and two days since we published our initial story, "Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax." The Te'o story has made its rounds through the national media between then and today;… » 2/08/13 3:25pm 2/08/13 3:25pm

Here’s Manti Te’o Hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Performing What He Claims…

When the first part of Dr. Phil's exclusive interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo concluded yesterday, we were left with a cliffhanger: would Ronaiah finally give in to the good Doctor's demands and perform the voice of Lennay Kekua? Today we got the answer: sort of. [Update, March 3, 2014: The video has been removed.] » 2/01/13 10:29am 2/01/13 10:29am

Here's Everything Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Told Dr. Phil In Day One Of His…

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo—the man behind Lennay Kekua, Manti Te'o's fake dead girlfriend—today told Dr. Phil new details about the "romantic" relationship he had with Te'o. Put however much stock you like in these details: Tuiasosopo is an avowed liar and hoaxer. » 1/31/13 2:07pm 1/31/13 2:07pm

On Dr. Phil, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Says He's Trying "To Recover From…

Part one of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's silence-breaking sit-down with Dr. Phil airs all over the nation today. (Check your local listings for the precise time.) The Associated Press got its hooks into an early broadcast—our Tim Burke has marshaled one, too, and he'll be posting highlights shortly—and quoted this gem from… » 1/31/13 1:05pm 1/31/13 1:05pm

Dr. Phil: Hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Was In Love With Manti Te'o

On Thursday, the first half of Dr. Phil's exclusive interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo will air in its entirety. Today, Dr. Phil McGraw went on the Today Show to talk about the interview and share some of the things that Ronaiah told him about the hoax he carried out against Manti Te'o. Here's what McGraw told Today's » 1/30/13 10:40am 1/30/13 10:40am

Report: Female Tuiasosopo Cousin Involved In Te'o Hoax

Two recent developments have been hard to reconcile with each other. First, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's claim to the Daily News that, in leading on Manti Te'o, it was him on the phone the entire time, impersonating a female voice. Second, the release of three voicemails from "Lennay Kekua" to Te'o—they really do sound like… » 1/25/13 9:30am 1/25/13 9:30am

Manti Te'o's Interview With Katie Couric: A Liveblog

Katie Couric taped her big interview with Manti Te'o Tuesday afternoon. It airs today throughout America. Although the Couric/Te'o publicity team has released a handful of advance snippets—Te'o's admission that he lied to the press, voicemails allegedly from Kekua—most of what Te'o and his family will say remains… » 1/24/13 3:00pm 1/24/13 3:00pm

Listen To Manti Te'o's Voicemails From Lennay Kekua/Ronaiah Tuiasosopo

In advance of this afternoon's interview, Katie Couric's show has released recordings of three voicemails provided by Manti Te'o. The messages were left on Te'o's phone by who he believed was Lennay Kekua. As the Daily News reported this morning, hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo claims he disguised his voice over the phone,… » 1/24/13 1:20pm 1/24/13 1:20pm

Lawyer: Hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Pretended To Be "Lennay" During Phone…

According to his lawyer, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind the Manti Te'o dead-girlfriend hoax, was the person who posed as "Lennay Kekua" during phone calls with the Notre Dame linebacker. Skeptical? Well, don't worry. Tuiasosopo's attorney, Milton Grimes, has a pretty airtight explanation for how his client was able… » 1/24/13 9:41am 1/24/13 9:41am

Manti Te'o Tells Katie Couric He Lied

Manti Te'o's full sit-down with Katie Couric will air tomorrow, but highlights of the interview were shown on today's Good Morning America. (You can view some of it here.) Te'o's story seems similar in substance to the one he gave in his non-televised, late-night interview with Jeremy Schaap, with a little more detail, … » 1/23/13 11:06am 1/23/13 11:06am

Report: Tipped Off By Manti Te'o's Agent, ESPN Balked At Publishing Hoax …

ESPN knew something was up about Manti Te'o for six days before our story got published. But just how close did they get to breaking it? The New York Times's Richard Sandomir and Those Guys Have All the Fun co-author Jim Miller posed that question to Vince Doria. » 1/22/13 8:28pm 1/22/13 8:28pm