Who is Manti Teo’s girlfriend? Manti Teo is an American football player. Mandy plays college football at the University of Notre Dame. He won eight national awards there. Mandy was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was born on January 26, 1991 in Ley, Hawaii. He has five brothers and sisters, four sisters and one brother. In his high school days, Teo had an average grade of 3.5. Manti has also done volunteer work with Shriners Hospital, Hawaii Food Bank, Special Olympics and Head Start Preschool Program. In November 2008, he became an Eagle Scout. Teo is an active participant in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mandy’s high school and college career is impressive. He used to play for Punahou School, a private co-educational school in Honolulu. He also went to middle school from Punajo School. Teo won the first Butkus Award in 2008. The award is given to the number one reserve linebacker in the United States. Sports News named him the 2008 Sports News High School Athlete. Teo played for the Notre Dame de Paris Fighting Irish football team from 2009 to 2012. However, his career is not the reason for his popularity. As one of the most discussed catfish scams of all time, he is full of news. Teo has won many awards, the list includes:
- Maxwell Award (2012)
- Lott Trophy (2012)
- Chuck Bednaric Award (2012)
- Walter Kemp Award (2012)
- Bronko Nagurski trophy (2012)
- Butkus Award (2012)
- Lombardo Award (2012)
- Nationally Unanimous (2012)
Mandy played for the San Diego Chargers (2013-2016). From 2017 to 2019, he played for the New Orleans Saints. He also played for the Chicago Bears in 2020.
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Who is Manti Teo’s girlfriend?
In 2020, Manti Teo married Jovi Nicole Engbino, his girlfriend of many years. The couple got married on August 29, 2020 on the beach in La Jolla, California. They held a small ceremony for their wedding. Manti and Jovi have a child on August 15, 2021. The 29-year-old NFL player revealed his marriage through an Instagram post. Both Manti and Jovi have posted many photos on their social media. Engibino said that their small ceremony on the beach was perfect, although it was not the wedding the couple imagined. Once the temples and venues open again, they will hold receptions and celebrations with their families.
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Manti Teo’s catfish scam
The free agent linebacker told many media organizations that his girlfriend died on September 12, 2012 6 hours later from his grandmother. Manti Teo claimed that his girlfriend was injured in the car accident. During her treatment, she was found to be suffering from leukemia. Every fan was heartbroken until a reporter from the sports blog Deadspin investigated Kekua’s identity and discovered that “she never existed”. Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey received anonymous email notifications in January 2013. They only investigated Kekua’s identity after receiving this prompt. Later, Deadspin reported that a person named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was involved in the scam. Diane O’Meara’s photo was used as Kekua’s photo. Diane is Ronaiah’s high school classmate.
Notre Dame said: “Manti was the victim of a prank. Someone used Lennay’s name to please Manti and then convinced him that she died of leukemia.” Mandy told ESPN that he was a victim of this scam and did not participate in it in any way. He said they only talked on the phone and never met her face to face. Roniah Tuiasosopo later went to “The Dr. Phil Show” and he said he used Kekua to speak. He also imitated the praiseworthy voice.
Tuiasosopo also admitted that he fell in love with Teo and ran away as Kekua. Notre Dame sports director Jack Swarbrick confirmed that they hired a private investigator to uncover the scam. Swarbrick also clarified that Teo’s relationship with his girlfriend Kekua is entirely online.
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