Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist explores the media circus football player Manti Te’o experienced in 2012.
During his university football days, He started dating a young woman named Lennay Kekua. They never met, but she became his inspiration as a varsity football player at Notre Dame. She inspired him to perform better because of their connection, even if they had never met. Whenever he wins a football game with his team, he dedicates it to the girl he was dating online.
Te’o revealed that Lennay Kekua is a student at Stanford University. He talks about her fondly in every post-game interview, but In September 2012, he said she passed away. The media sympathized with him when he said she died of Leukemia.
Then suddenly a reporter found out that his girlfriend doesn’t exist. She is a catfish pretending to be someone else.
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Te’o became the center of jokes as the media made fun of him, Other people accused him of making up stories, but the truth is he just got catfished. Someone uses a friend’s photos to make a fake account to fraud the poor football player into a relationship.
Here is an Old Onion Sketch that ridicules him because of the incident
The picture the catfish used to seduce him belongs to a college girl named Diane O’Meara. She had no idea that her friend abused her identity to scam a man into an online relationship.
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So who is the person who scammed and catfished this star football player into dating online? The real identity of Lennay Kekua is Ronaiah ‘Naya’ Tuiasosopo. She is a transwoman who pretended to be her friend so she could date her football crush online. The scandal almost destroyed Te’o’s career, but he still managed to escape the turmoil, got drafted to NFL, and had a successful run until 2021.