Manti Te'o Fake GirlfriendNotre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o claims he was the victim of a cruel hoax, in which his supposed girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, died of cancer. In fact, in January of 2013, it was revealed that Te'o's girlfriend never existed. Te'o says he'd only met the woman online, so he was unaware he'd been duped.
The scandal sent shockwaves through the sports world. For months, major media outlets, including ESPN and the Associated Press, had chronicled Te'o's emotional, remarkable football season as he played amid the loss of his grandmother (true, she did pass away in 2012) and then his girlfriend. No one seemed to suspect something was amiss with the girlfriend story.
According to Deadspin, which broke the story on January 16, 2013, Notre Dame officials became aware of the hoax on December 26, 2012, at which time they began investigating. The investigation into exactly what happened continues. In the meantime, Manti Te'o, a Heisman candidate, issued a statement about the matter, saying:
This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her. To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.
So, Manti Te'o got Catfished? Te'o added that "in retrospect, I obviously should have been much more cautious. If anything good comes of this, I hope it is that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was."
Is Manti Te'o the victim of a terrible hoax, or was he in on the whole thing from the beginning? To be continued...
Katherine Webb, AJ McCarron's GirlfriendvDuring the BCS National Championship game on January 7, 2013, CBS announcer Brent Musburger commented at great length about how attractive Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's girlfriend, Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, was. As the cameras zoomed in on the beauty queen, the 73-year-old Musberger made it quite clear that he found Webb to be gorgeous.
Was Musberger over the line? Webb didn't think so. She quickly gained hundreds of thousands of new Twitter followers and admirers. She also extended her 15 minutes of fame, landing a gig covering Super Bowl XLVII for 'Inside Edition.'
Lance Armstrong Admits DopingvYes, Lance Armstrong once again lands on the celebrity scandals list. Why? His doping scandal is old news, right? Not quite. Armstrong was expected to admit during an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he did, in fact, use performance enhancing drugs while winning all those pro cycling races. After a decade of denials, why did Lance Armstrong finally decide to come clean (so to speak) about illegal doping? Some speculate that he hopes to one day be allowed to compete in the future.
Lindsay Lohan's Legal ProblemsCome on, you just new the Lohan would make this list early on, didn't you? Lindsay Lohan's legal troubles continued into 2013 -- fallout from her summer 2012 hit-and-run car wreck in Santa Monica, California. Lohan, who is accused of lying to authorities about the accident, decided to fire her attorney, Shawn Holley, right before her January 15 court date.
Ever the pro, Holley showed up to court on Lohan's behalf. When the judge asked if she was still representing Lohan, Holley said, "...at this point, yes." More court dates for Lindsay Lohan are coming. Who will represent her?