One of the most talked-about incidents in recent college football history will be the subject of a new Netflix documentary. The sports documentary series UNTOLD on Netflix will focus on the life of Manti Te’o, a former star of the football team at Notre Dame who made headlines a decade ago when it was revealed he had been the victim of a catfishing scheme.
About the Documentary
The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist, a two-part documentary about Te’o and how he discovered that Lennay Kekua, his alleged girlfriend, who he believed had passed away from leukemia during his senior football season, actually existed, would open the second book of the series on August 16.
In the trailer, Te’o says that his whole world changed, and people can exclusively see it. He also claims that he is questioning everything. Interviews with Naya Tuiasosopo, formerly known as Lennay Kekua to Te’o, who discloses that she is transgender, will also be included in the show. Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the film’s executive producers and filmmakers stated in a statement that Te’o’s tale is “more deep and nuanced than we knew at the time.”
Chapman and Mclain Way said that their goal with UNTOLD had always been to take these pivotal events in sports history, whether they are well-known, like the Tim Donaghy betting scandal, or obscure, like the history of AND1, and give viewers an unvarnished, insider’s account of what transpired, as described by the individuals who experienced it. Each tale leaves us in awe of our participants’ willingness to be open as well as how very relatable their experiences and journeys are on a human level.
The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist, the second installment of the series, delves into the background of college football star Manti Te’o’s sensational Internet romance. When this news broke in 2012, it was difficult to ignore it. Still, as viewers of the documentary will learn, the actual events are considerably more complicated and nuanced than people realized at the time. They are incredibly grateful to both Ronaiah ‘Naya’ Tuiasosopo and Manti Te’o for sharing their trust.
When Te’o revealed in 2012 that Kekua had passed away following a battle with leukemia, he was an outstanding linebacker for Notre Dame. Te’o told ESPN that she was the most beautiful girl he had ever met. Not because of her physical beauty but because of her character and who she was.
Te’o said that in September of that year, his grandma passed away just a few hours before Kekua. He said that these tragedies had motivated him, and during his senior year, he finally assisted Notre Dame in winning the BCS National Championship.