Manti Te'o's Fake Girlfriend May Have Duped Others


Manti Te'o Still Backed by Notre Dame Students

Students at Notre Dame and at least one of his teammates are backing their star.

One of Te'o's teammates who asked not to be identified told ABC News that the news of the hoax has been "just crazy" and that he believes that Te'o was a victim of the hoax.

When asked what the team has been saying, he said, "I can't talk. Team rules."

The teammate said that Te'o did have a local girlfriend since last summer, but declined to elaborate.

Other students have expressed similar support for their star linebacker.

"We were all really shocked for sure and definitely almost heartbroken that something this crazy and just this terrible could happen to someone that we all look up to," student Rachel Seral said. She said that students "stand behind him 100 percent."

"I do believe him," student Francesca Simon said. "Of course there are some suspicious parts of the story, but it's hard to believe that someone could do something so cruel. And I hope that he's telling the truth and wouldn't let people that have faith in him down."

Students said they hoped the situation would "blow over" soon so that Te'o could move on with his career.

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