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FOX News Channel on Manti Te'o's nonexistent girlfriend.
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You details today about the bizarre alleged hoax involving one of college football's biggest stars. Notre Dame linebacker man -- tea. Of course he's been making huge headlines off the field after word spread to both his grandmother and his girlfriend died. On the very same day within hours of one another. As the story went the girlfriend survived a serious car accident and -- doctors diagnosed with leukemia then. She died. Well it turns out she never existed at all this photo was actually stolen from a woman -- says she had no idea. That it was being used as part of the apparent scheme the website did speed and broke the story late yesterday after getting an anonymous ten tail now says. He never even met the girl in person but developed a relationship with the wrong line and that. He too was a victim of the house again Taylor says that at the time he believed she was real that's what he said. Any calls this whole thing is sticking humiliating joke Notre Dame officials say tale told him down about this hoax the day after Christmas. The school's athletic director is defending start line. -- meant I was the perfect mark. Because he is a guy. Who is so willing to believe and others. And so ready to help. That as this hoax played out. -- waited called upon those tendencies of man time. And -- him more and more into the trap the single most trusting human being I've ever met. We'll never be able to trust in the same way again in his life. That's incredible tragedy. This all comes less than two weeks after Taylor led Notre Dame to the BCS championship game. Which the Irish -- he was also runner up for the Heisman Trophy and he is expected to be a first round draft. Picked. For the NFL -- right now there are a whole lot of questions about exactly who was behind a hoax. The due to so many people might -- as much more on this Mike. There's still locked it really does it add up here any way of knowing who's telling the truth. You know it's really hard -- telltale was part of a hoax if he's just a college kid who. Inflated a story about a girlfriend or if he was -- just like everyone else who followed the story. About the only thing that is clear is that the athletic director at Notre Dame is standing behind his star linebacker. Every single thing about this. Until that day in the first week of December was real America. There was no. No suspicion that it wasn't. No belief that it might not be. Now Taylor released a statement part of it says I hope that people can understand how trying in confusing this whole experience has been. In retrospect. I obviously should have been more cautious still there are those images of -- pointing to the heavens with -- -- fingers after making a good play. Indicating his late grandmother. And the girlfriend and I could Kuo who never existed eight interviews he said he will see them again implying that you'll see them again and haven't. Of course he never saw cocoon with a first time no one has as you mentioned the pictures of a woman that were posted online. Are of a woman who was very much alive Greg. You know what this whole thing stinks like limber or cheese and a lot of people fell for this story and Mike. Well they did the national media a heated up hook line and sinker the story was too good a football great triumph think through his pain. The South Bend Tribune wrote a dripping a love story about the first time the two met in Stanford 2009. We now know that never happen. That's been dot com about reports that the first interaction was in 2010. It was over Twitter what the handle. -- love love love love it EU. Reports DT detail all night phone calls a detailed encounters which a phone. What's held up to that a year of could Ku up who was in a coma but when you would hear Taylor's voice her breathing would. Increased not have it happen that coma wasn't real the coma victim wasn't real and threw it all no one bothered to check with the hospital no one. Even checked to see if the newspapers had run an -- Greg and I went back today and spent a couple of hours looking -- four different interviews that he did Taylor did. And -- walk away from those interviews Mike with a very clear impression that they that he had met her in person -- they had a face to face. Relationships so we're going to be talking more about this in the newscast -- -- my Tillman. Mike thanks for much yeah.