Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o suffered two devastating losses during the 2012 football season -– the death of his grandmother and girlfriend within days of each other.
Articles about his relationship with Lennay Kekua started circulating in the weeks that followed –- about their chance 2009 meeting, the trips to Hawaii together, how they officially started dating in 2011. Those details were reiterated in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
The problem? Kekua didn’t exist -– with Te’o victimized by an acquaintance in a “catfishing” scheme. Te’o lied about the situation, but later came clean as word of the hoax spread.
"Now I get a phone call on Dec. 6, saying that she's alive and then I'm going be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?" he said.
Te’o has moved past the situation as best as he could and is entering his second NFL season for the San Diego Chargers.
In 2008, Nevada football player Kevin Hart held a signing ceremony to announce his college decision -– University of California or University of Oregon. With his coaches, family and friends looking on, he chose the University of California.
But Cal was never recruiting him. There was no scholarship offer. It was all made up.
"I wanted to play D-I ball more than anything," he later said. "When I realized that wasn't going to happen, I made up what I wanted to be reality."
Rosie Ruiz crossed the Boston Marathon’s finish line first on April 21, 1980.
The Cuba-native recorded a time of 2:31:56 – a female record for the event, and a sizeable improvement from her usual times.
She credited energy -– but other factors were at play, too, including jumping into the race near the finish line for one of running’s biggest hoaxes. She was later stripped of her title.
Earlier, she pulled a similar stunt during the New York City Marathon, taking the subway for part of the race.