University Beat
11:28 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Manti Te'o Mum On 'Girlfriend' During Bradenton Visit

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o claimed his online girlfriend, 'Lennay Kekua,' died of cancer last year. An investigation by Deadspin.com revealed that Kekua never existed.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o claimed his online girlfriend, 'Lennay Kekua,' died of cancer last year. An investigation by Deadspin.com revealed that Kekua never existed.
Credit Associated Press

As so many strange news stories do, the Manti Te'o fiasco has forged a Florida connection.

The Notre Dame football star has been under the media's glare this week after the sports website Deadspin.com broke news that his supposedly dead girlfriend never existed. But besides issuing a statement Wednesday saying he'd been the victim of an online hoax, Te'o has not addressed the media. 

That included a gaggle of reporters who congregated Thursday morning outside IMG Academy in (here it comes) Bradenton, where Te'o who was reportedly training with other NFL hopefuls. 

"We all worked from the same playbook," wrote sports columnist Doug Fernandes in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "None of us enjoyed any special access to IMG, or knew anyone who could arrange an exclusive interview with Te’o. We stood, talked and tweeted, talked, tweeted and stood."

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