Notre Dame linebacker and Heisman Candidate Manti Te’o suddenly finds himself at the center of one of the most shocking, confusing and bewildering controversies in recent sports history, after it was revealed this week by Deadspin that his deceased girlfriend in fact never existed. Speculation has ranged from accusatory—that Te’o was “in on the hoax”—to sympathetic—that Te’o is in fact the victim of a sick joke. The truth has yet to become public (and it may never) but for now, here’s everything we know about the situation, compiled below.
January 23 — Manti Te’o Tells Katie Couric He Lied
January 18 — Raiders GM: Manti Te’o Is A First-Round Talent