Scott M Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
The news of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's inspirational girlfriend story turning out to be a hoax spread at a rapid pace on social media Wednesday.
TheDeadspin.com story that showed there were no records of Lennay Kekua's death led to many snarky tweets from famous sports figures and celebrities.
Perhaps the most surprising tweet came from the wife of a retired athlete. Actress and model Brooklyn Decker made a joke while tweeting her husband Andy Roddick: "@andyroddick Surprise!!!!HOAX!! I don't exist."
Decker later deleted the tweet.
Roddick gave his own input on Wednesday: "I think I believe te'o ...... There is no way that somebody would make up a fake person and have them die of something tragic (I hope)"
Here's a scroll of other reaction tweets from Wednesday:
NBC Universal's Michelle Beadle @MichelleDBeadle: Crying?!?! There's no CRYING in fake girlfriend death hoax bs extravaganza!!! #Manti"
Jenn Sterger @jennifersterger: "Show me a dude that openly admits to having an online relationship with a girl. That's NOT in a kitchen with Chris Hansen."
Johnny Manziel @JManziel2: "#MindBlown"
Cleveland Browns player Scott Fujita @scottfujita99: "Is it weird that I had no idea who this Te'o guy was until about 5 minutes ago? But not nearly as weird as this story! WTF?!!"
Saturday Night Live comedian Seth Meyers @sethmeyers21: "These Te'o jokes are all very funny but let's all try and remember that a person who never existed is dead."
Former Ohio State player turned sports blogger Mark Titus ?@clubtrillion: "Protip: Get your Te'o jersey now. By the time Halloween rolls around, you'll forget about this and blow the chance to be Te'o & his fake GF."
Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel @DanWetzel: "I have to say, inventing a dead girlfriend is the boldest Heisman stunt ever. Makes a Times Square billboard seem quaint"
ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale: "Don't know what to believe in MANTI soap opera-heard from insiders that they could identify those involved in hoax !NEED TRUTH FROM TE'O NOW"
Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon @JeromeSolomon: "Don't believe a person can be as gullible as Te'o apparently claims he was? Why do you think Nigerian prince's send so much email?"
ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas: "The Manti Te'o story is the most confusing boyfriend-girlfriend situation since Jan Brady and George Glass. Bizarre."