Lance Armstrong. Kobe Bryant. John Calipari. Marion Jones. Floyd Landis. Joe Paterno. Bobby Petrino. Ben Roethlisberger. Jim Tressel. Tiger Woods.
Bountygate. Spygate. Tattoogate.
What do they all have in common?
Deception. Misdirection. Trickery.
Add former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o to the list, with the public and sports media again roped in by fraudulent narratives.
To be fair, it is unclear whether Te’o was the victim of an elaborate internet hoax.
But, the Heisman runner-up has knowingly perpetuated in falsehoods surrounding the scheme.
To recap, the website Deadspin.com reported Wednesday afternoon that they found no evidence that Teo’s girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, had ever existed. She apparently died of leukemia on Sept. 12 of last year. Deadspin reported that there is no record of a death in Kekua’s full name: Lennay Marie Kekua.
Wednesday night, Notre Dame held a press conference and announced Te’o was the victim of a ‘catfish’ — an online affection-inducing confidence scam designed to thoroughly deceive a person.