Manti Te'o continued to tell people his girlfriend died of cancer even after he learned it was all a big hoax ... and this is according to Notre Dame's public version of the facts.
During a news conference Wednesday night, ND Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick said ... Manti told ND officials that he first learned the whole thing was a hoax when he received a call from his GF's phone number during an ESPN award show in December ... months after she was presumed dead.
The ESPN college football awards ceremony took place in Orlando on Dec. 6 -- but just two days later, on Dec. 8, Te'o gave a statement to reporters in anticipation of the Heisman Trophy ceremony, in which he continued to perpetuate the belief that his girlfriend had died from cancer.
Te'o told reporters ... “I don’t like cancer at all. I lost both my grandparents and my girlfriend to cancer,” this according to WSBT-TV.
We now know Manti's statement wasn't true -- and by Notre Dame's own account, Manti lied.
It begs the question -- what else did he lie about?
This whole story has been weird as hell. I really don't understand why he would lie about something like this. Its sad that this is actually more interesting than the Irish football team is.
There's a lot of theories. Those theories make a lot more sense if Manti Te'O turns out to be homosexual & that will make this story go from bizarre to sad.
He's a Mormon Samoan in football going to a Catholic school. Add being gay to that & it's a recipe for ridiculing disaster because those are not exactly equal rights demographics.
I read one speculative theory that the girlfriend story was fabricated so Te'O could get his parents off of his back, then when they wanted to meet her, he lied that she died. Who the fuck knows. The whole thing is insane & he was obviously not thinking clearly, whether he was in on the hoax or oblivious to it (which the latter seems completely impossible by his own words/stories used over the season in various interviews).
The Mountain West just signed a deal with ESPN for their secondary tier(and all Boise home games) games that makes them just as much as the BE contract, and they haven't sold a conference title game yet (or 3rd tier games locally)