Darren Rovell Gets Dunked On For Claiming Manti Te’o’s Fake GF Was The ‘Most Shocking’ Sports Story Of The Decade

Rovell Manti Teo Hoax Was Most Shocking Sports Story Of The Decade

Getty Image


Even with almost no professional sports currently active there is still one national pastime that always pleases the masses no matter what life throws at us: dunking on Twitter troll Darren Rovell.

Now, anyone who was around and was interested in college football in 2012 is very familiar with the story of former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and his “dead girlfriend” Lennay Kekua.

After being a finalist for the 2012 Heisman Trophy, Te’o and the 12-0 Notre Dame Fighting Irish were getting ready to play Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.

It was then that Te’o made even more news by informing the media that his “girlfriend” Lennay Kekua had passed away and helped inspire him to greatness that season.

Te’o told Sports Illustrated about how the Kekua had been both in a major car accident and diagnosed with leukemia before passing away at the tender age of 22.

Te’o also shared his inpsiring tale with ESPN’s College GameDay and the South Bend Tribune and on and on tit went.

Until (the real) Deadspin got involved… and discovered Lennay Kekua was not a real person… and that Te’o had been catfished by a man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

At one point in the aftermath of the hoax being exposed, a friend of Tuiasosopo told Deadspin he was “80 percent sure” that Manti Te’o was “in on it,” and that they made up Kekua’s death just for the publicity.

And now, the story is going to be the subject of an edition of ESPN’s Backstory.

Which leads us back to Darren Rovell.

Replaying to the announcement of the show featuring Manti Teo and his fake dead girlfriend, Rovell tweeted that it was the “most shocking story in sports in the last decade.”

When called out on his claim, Rovell asked his followers to list sports stories that were more shocking.

The internet was more than happy to oblige.

(The Sandusky scandal occurred between November 2011 and June 2012, but who’s counting? Not Darren!)

And so on, but yeah, stay woke, Mr. Rovell.

BroBible Newsletter - The best sports and culture news directly to your inbox

* indicates required