Multiple Twitter accounts exposed Manti Te’o fake girlfriend hoax in early December

ESPN reportedly sat on the story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend for 10 days before Deadspin exposed the hoax on Wednesday. A Notre Dame spokesman said the school learned that Te’o’s deceased girlfriend “Lennay Kekua” wasn’t real on Dec. 26 when Te’o explained he was the “victim” of a hoax.

But as Twitchy reported yesterday, the news was floating around Twitter even earlier. On Dec. 3, a now-suspended Twitter user with the handle @catfishhhhhhhh tweeted, “Do a background check and you’ll see that not only did Lennay Marie Kekua not die, she never existed!”

https://twitter.com/ThePantau/statuses/291673698547687425

As Twitter user Justin Megahan ‏tweeted, that wasn’t the only December outing of Manti Te’o’s phony Internet girlfriend.

https://twitter.com/justinrmegahan/status/291765221897408512

On Dec. 4, another Twitter account — with this story, we hesitate to call @jayRahz another person — indicated that Lennay’s existence was a hoax.

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/276073152432447488

BuzzFeed notes that “Titus Tuiasosopo, the father of Ronaiah, who Deadspin pointed to as the perpetrator of the hoax, is a pastor.” And Deadspin reported that “Te’o and Tuiasosopo definitely know each other.”

@jayRahz continued to tweet about the hoax in December and early January, sometimes with Twitter user @ceeweezy51.

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/278973792544505858

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/279014369482919937

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/288495738856558594

So, were @jayRahz and @ceeweezy51 in on the hoax? Are they even real? Are we real? Minds blown!

After the Deadspin story was published and people started digging even more, @jayRahz and @ceeweezy51 defended themselves on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/ceeweezy51/status/291786960371064832

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/291783250685349888

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/291783880841785344

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/291784129090056192

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/291784379234123776

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/291784953132376064

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/291785578431782912

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/291786614420688896

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/291789666250788865

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/291790365713915904

Yeah, well, hindsight and all that.

https://twitter.com/jayRahz/status/291791186027491329

Another twist, via SBNation:

https://twitter.com/ry_hudson/statuses/291786248799014912

https://twitter.com/ronaiahhh/status/70410118436634624

The media are a lot more interested in the bizarre story of Te’o’s imaginary girlfriend than digging into Benghazi and other stories of import.

https://twitter.com/AmericasRight/statuses/291873808313352194

We have a feeling they’ll tease apart this tangled web.

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