It didn't take long for a minor-league baseball team to try and capitalize on the Manti Te'o fake-girlfriend scandal with their latest promotion.
Now you too can have a fake girlfriend.
Just days after Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend hoax was exposed, a baseball team in Kentucky has jumped on the dead fake-girlfriend bandwagon with the announcement of its latest fan appreciation perk.
The Florence Freedom, an independent baseball team from Florence, Ky., said it will be giving away "Manti Te'o Girlfriend" bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans through the gates at its May 23 game.
Is it in good taste? Is it in bad taste? And what exactly does the Manti Te'o Girlfriend bobblehead look like?
An empty box.
"Yes Freedom fans, the boxes will be empty," the team said in a statement. "But that's where fan imagination can run wild and individual unique stories about what the bobblehead should really look like can begin."
And no degree of make-believe seems too far-fetched for the Freedom.
At the same game, they're reserving section 115 for fans to sit with their "imaginary friends, girlfriends/boyfriends or spouses." It's unclear whether imaginary friends will require their own tickets and seats. They will also have a make-believe kiss cam, an air guitar contest and an imaginary food fight outside the Airhead Kids Zone at UC Health Stadium.
"This will be the best kind of bobblehead a fan could get," Freedom General Manager Josh Anderson said. "Because now fans can make the bobblehead out to be whatever they want it to be."
To those who wonder if the fake bobbleheads will offend, Anderson told ESPN.com that he doesn't worry.
"I don't know who we'd be offending," Anderson told ESPN. "It would just be isolated to the guy who made his season based off this story."
Earlier this week Deadspin.com revealed Manti Te'o's girlfriend, who had reportedly died of leukemia on the same day as his grandmother died, was not a real person. Notre Dame has since said that Te'o was the victim of an online hoax.
The Florence Freedom is part of the Independent Frontier League.