Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.
College Sports

Te’o tells ESPN: Not involved in creating hoax

NEW YORK – Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o maintains he was never involved in creating the dead girlfriend hoax.

He told ESPN in an off-camera interview Friday night: “When they hear the facts they’ll know. They’ll know there is no way I could be a part of this.”

The comments were Te’o’s first public remarks since Deadspin.com reported that his girlfriend not only didn’t die but, in fact, never existed.

Notre Dame and Te’o insist he was the victim of a cruel joke. Still unanswered are questions why the All-American never made it clear he knew the woman only online and by telephone.

Earlier Friday, athletic director Jack Swarbrick urged Te’o and his family to speak publicly about the hoax.

Te’o was interviewed at the IMG Training Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he is preparing for the NFL draft. ESPN said a public relations consultant was with him.

The Heisman Trophy finalist and his family had planned to go public with the story Monday, but Deadspin.com broke the news first on Wednesday.

Te’o led the Fighting Irish to a 12-0 regular season and the BCS title game, where they were routed 42-14 by Alabama and Te’o played poorly.

Loading more