Manti Te'o Becomes Late Night Joke Fodder

Friday, Jan 18, 2013  |  Updated 12:13 PM CDT
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Manti Te'o Becomes Late Night Joke Fodder

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 "Manti Te'o is happily in love with a new girl now," says Jay Leno. "She's a princess from Nigeria."

And so it went Thursday night on the late night talk shows. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, whose Internet girlfriend hoax story became the biggest story on the web, also became the butt of jokes

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For anyone who managed to avoid coverage of the soft spoken linebacker's story, here it is in a nut shell. Te'o became a national darling after it was reported that his grandmother and girlfriend had died on the same day, and that he skipped the girlfriend's funeral to play in the game of his career against Michigan State. It turned out that the girl he was allegedly dating never existed. Te'o and Notre Dame claim that he was the subject of an elaborate hoax designed to play on his emotions, but questions still remain. 

Te'o has yet to face the media or answer any questions about the supposed hoax. Until he does, the jokes may continue. 

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