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January 17th, 2013
06:41 AM ET

Questions after Notre Dame's Manti Te'o girlfriend story revealed to be a hoax – Ted Rowlands reports

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(CNN) - This may be the strangest twist in a tale overflowing with strangeness.

Manti Te'o's deceased girlfriend tweeted late Wednesday night.

On a Twitter account - not verified, naturally - the "girlfriend" said the "myths" about the story that has sports fans scratching their heads will be addressed Thursday.

Whatever she says, she'll find it hard to top what's already come out about the Notre Dame linebacker and the woman he called the "love of my life."

First, sports website Deadspin published a piece dismissing as a hoax the existence of Te'o's girlfriend - the one who he said died around the same time as his real-life grandmother while his team marched toward the BCS National Championship Game.

Then Wednesday, the university held a press conference saying Te'o was the victim of a "elaborate hoax." And Te'o, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, released a statement saying he was embarrassed that he was the victim of a "sick joke."
The bizarre developments left many wondering if they, instead of Te'o, were led on - and whether the heralded linebacker was in on it.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Ted Rowlands breaks down the latest in the story.

READ MORE: Manti Te'o: A linebacker, a made-up girlfriend and a national hoax


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