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Manti Te'o meme, #Teoing, pokes fun at football player

January 17, 2013|By Melissa Rohlin
  • A man poses with his arm around an invisible girlfriend, making fun of Manti Te'o.
A man poses with his arm around an invisible girlfriend, making fun of Manti… (#Teoing via Tumblr )

Well, that didn't take long.

After news broke Wednesday that Manti Te'o's supposed girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, never existed, an Internet meme making fun of Te'o -- called #Teoing -- popped up.

People are posting various photos to the Tumblr account to joke about the false relationship.

There's a photo of a man with his arm wrapped around the air with the caption: "Me and my hottie girlfriend." Another photo shows a dog talking on the phone with the caption: "Hello Yes, this is Lennay Kekua." A different photo shows Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair at the Republican National Convention. It's captioned: "The original."

Te'o, a Heisman finalist at Notre Dame this season, says he was the victim of a hoax in which he was duped into having a relationship with a made-up girl over the Internet.

"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," Te'o said in a statement.

"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."


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