Raiders fans memorialize the passing of Lennay Kekua, Manti Te’o's ‘late’ ‘girlfriend’

Jay Busbee

Aw, this is sweet. The San Diego Chargers are making their first visit to Oakland this season, and they'll see this sign when they arrive: a tribute to Lennay Kekua, the late girlfriend of Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te'o, who passed away last year after a brief illness. Or maybe a car crash. Or something. Anyway, who says Oakland fans are heartless clods?

No, as seemingly nice as this gesture is, the truth is it's a straight-on troll: surely you remember that Kekua doesn't actually exist, and that poor Te'o was catfished in a way that we've never seen before in sports. We're thinking he won't regard this with quite as much reverence, or humor, as the Raiders faithful.

This is the first road game Te'o will play; he missed San Diego's first three games with an injury, and he debuted at home last week. Expect this to see much more in the coming weeks as San Diego continues across the country.

The Oakland-San Diego game kicks off Sunday night at 11:30 Eastern. If you can't stay up for it, spare a thought for Ms. Kekua before you turn in.