Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said he believes Manti Te'o was te hvictim of a hoax and he thinks just as highly of the linebacker as he always did.
Swarbrick held a media 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.
"I want to stress, as someone who has been engaged in this as anyone the past couple weeks, that nothing I have learned has shaken my faith in Manti Te’o one iota," Swarbrick said. "The same great young man, great student and great athlete that we have been so proud to have as a member of our family is the same guy tonight, unchanged in any way except for, as he indicated in the statement, his release, the embarrassment of being a victim in this case."
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