Timeline of Manti Te'o Girlfriend Hoax Story


Manti Te'o Not "Kekua's" Only Catfish Victim

DEC. 8, 2012

Te'o mentions Kekua in an interview for the last time.

DEC. 10, 2012 Te'o asks his friends what he should do regarding the situation, he told ESPN. Te'o says his friend told him to notify his parents.

DEC. 24, 2012

He notifies his mother first and then the rest of his family that he has been hoaxed, Te'o told ESPN.

DEC. 26, 2012

Te'o notifies Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly and a few others, according to what he told ESPN. The school launches an investigation that clears Te'o. They say it becomes clear very quickly who the perpetrators are although they do not speak with Tuiasosopo.


Te'o says Kekua informs him that her real name is Leah and says she will reveal the truth on Jan. 16.

JAN. 16, 2012

Te'o says Tuiasosopo calls him on the phone and apologizes for the prank. A few hours later the online sports siteDeadspin releases an article revealing the scam. At 8 p.m., Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick says that the school has conducted an investigation that has cleared Te'o and that "nothing that I've learned has shaken my faith in Manti Te'o one iota."

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