A new Netflix show called “Untold: The Girlfriend That Didn’t Exist” tells the story of the scandalous relationship between Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o and a woman who didn’t exist. This could be the start of one of the biggest scandals in college football history. The people in charge of this Netflix-made documentary are Tony Vainuku and Ryan Duffy.
But before it airs today, we need to understand that this story is about a lot more than just catfishing.
The main character in the story is Te’o, a linebacker at Notre Dame who is both Samoan and Hawaiian. He said that his grandmother and his fiancee both died in December 2012 on the same day.
He saw people from all over the country show their support and the team reach new heights on the field. Since his team didn’t lose a single game during the regular season, it looked like he would be picked in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
In January 2013, his story went viral, and people found out that Lennay Kekua, who he said was his girlfriend, was not real. When Te’o found out that Kekua was a Stanford student, he looked for her online. The story of Kekua was written by a man from Seattle who, by chance, had Samoan roots.
Te’o went from being a pin-up model to a well-known name quickly and violently. Kekua’s story was written by Naya Tuiasosopo. She is now out as transgender and uses the pronouns she/her. Naya made Kekua’s fake Facebook profile using stolen pictures of a former high school classmate as well as pictures of friends and family.
Because Naya could talk like a woman, their relationship went on for months.