Story of Te'o girlfriend death apparently a hoax, Twitter reacts heavily to the news (+video)

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16 2013 3:55 p.m. MST

Deadspin explains unraveling Te'o story

"Fortunately, I have many wonderful things in my life, and I'm looking forward to putting this painful experience behind me as I focus on preparing for the NFL Draft."

Manti Te'o was, at one point, a BYU recruit. He eliminated BYU from his short list after visiting the BYU campus in 2009.

Te'o's visit was not absent of controversy. During Te'o's visit, several players on a recruiting trip were involved in an incident involving alcohol, which is against the BYU honor code. Both Manti Te'o and his father, Brian, adamantly denied involvement.

The news that Lennay Kekua is not and never was a real person was met with a heavy response on social media, particularly on Twitter. Here are a few of the thousands and thousands of tweets regarding Te'o's false relationship.

Tom Coyne of the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Landon Hemsley is sports content manager of DeseretNews.com. Email: lhemsley@desnews.com; Twitter: @EarlOfHemsley

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