Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said he believes Manti Te’o was victim of a hoax and he thinks just as highly of the linebacker as he always did.
Swarbrick, who held a press conference to discuss a Deadspin story that claimed Te’o’s girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who supposedly died of leukemia in September, was made up. Notre Dame and Te’o released statements that claimed that he was the victim of a hoax. Te’o said in that statement he was a victim of “someone’s sick jokes and constant lies.”
Swarbrick, calling it a “very elaborate, very sophisticated hoax,” said he met with Te’o and trusts what he heard from him.