Many Kansas City Chiefs fans have called for the team to draft Notre Dame standout linebacker Manti Te’o with the #1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
After today, those folks may want to rethink their position.
According to a Deadspin report that is flat out rocking the sports world, Te’o's girlfriend, who allegedly died of leukemia, never existed.
There was no Lennay Kekua. Lennay Kekua did not meet Manti Te’o after the Stanford game in 2009. Lennay Kekua did not attend Stanford. Lennay Kekua never visited Manti Te’o in Hawaii. Lennay Kekua was not in a car accident. Lennay Kekua did not talk to Manti Te’o every night on the telephone. She was not diagnosed with cancer, did not spend time in the hospital, did not engage in a lengthy battle with leukemia. She never had a bone marrow transplant. She was not released from the hospital on Sept. 10, nor did Brian Te’o congratulate her for this over the telephone. She did not insist that Manti Te’o play in the Michigan State or Michigan games, and did not request he send white flowers to her funeral. Her favorite color was not white. Her brother, Koa, did not inform Manti Te’o that she was dead. Koa did not exist. Her funeral did not take place in Carson, Calif., and her casket was not closed at 9 a.m. exactly. She was not laid to rest.
This story is jaw-droppingly unbelievable. I’m not saying it is true, though the Deadspin report makes a pretty convincing case.
What I am saying, is that you HAVE to read it.
Then report right back here and tell us what you think.