Radio host Paul Finebaum says he had a hard time believing that the deceased girlfriend of Notre Dame's star linebacker, Manti Te'o, had been a hoax.
For the uninformed, the story was that Te'o had a girlfriend he had met online who had died of leukemia. The inspirational story helped Te'o to become a fan favorite to many and not just Notre Dame fans. On Wednesday, the website DeadSpin.com broke the story that the girlfriend was a hoax played against Te'o. The University of Notre Dame released a press released about the hoax shortly thereafter.
"As I was reading this story yesterday, I said ‘this could not be true'," said Finebaum during an appearance on Good Day Alabama.
Finebaum says he finds it suspicious that Te'o allegedly found out about the hoax two days before the Heisman ceremony when he got a call from the person who had pretended to be his girlfriend. Te'o was able to discuss the girlfriend in press conferences in Miami as if the story was had not been a hoax. Finebaum say he finds it strange that Notre Dame just now is dealing with the issue.
"He didn't tell Coach Kelly, he didn't tell Notre Dame officials until the day after Christmas. And what did they do… nothing!" said Finebaum.
The radio host does say that this brings another contrast to Notre Dame's BCS championship rivals, the Crimson Tide.
"The one thing you have to say about Alabama and AJ McCarron is that he didn't make up his girlfriend," said Finebaum.
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