February 22, 2013
Manti Te'o to face the music at NFL scouting combine
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency
INDIANAPOLIS — Manti Te'o faces the music — or more specifically, hundreds of reporters — Saturday at the NFL scouting combine.
The disgraced Notre Dame linebacker has a lot of explaining to do, five weeks after news first broke that the story he'd been peddling all fall about having a girlfriend who died was untrue.
Te'o claims he was the victim of a hoax, having fallen in love online with a nonexistent woman. But he let the bogus story continue to be told for more than a month after having discovered it was untrue. He has insisted in his only interviews about the matter since the story went giga-viral -- one-on-ones with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap, ABC's Katie Couric and USA Today's Jim Corbett -- that he naively believed the woman, Lennay Kekua, was real, and that he was heartbroken upon learning she'd supposedly died on Sept. 11.
In fact, the woman never existed.