Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick held a press conference Wednesday night to address the story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, who the school claims was the victim of an elaborate hoax.
Earlier on Wednesday, Deadspin reported that Lennay Kekua, Manti Te’o’s supposed girlfriend who died during the 2012 season, was not real but in fact fabricated.
Swarbrick elaborated on a prepared statement the school had released earlier in the day, chronicling the events that led to Manti Te’o and the school learning he had been the victim of a hoax.
“On the morning of December 26th, very early morning, Manti called his coaches to inform them that, while he was in attendance at the ESPN awards show in Orlando, he received a phone call from a number he recognized as having been that he associated with Lennay Kekua,” opened Swarbrick. “When he answered it, it was a person whose voice sounded like the same voice he had talked to, who told him that she was, in fact, not dead.”
Swarbrick also went on to say that the relationship between Te’o and Kekua was “exclusively an online relationship.”