Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te’o Speaks Out on Dead Girlfriend Hoax

ESPN reported that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man identified as being behind the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax, has pulled a similar hoax before, according to a source. Last night Manti spoke with ESPN for a two and a half hour interview.

Manti Teo finally answered questions about the dead girlfriend hoax last night on ESPN. The Notre Dame linebacker said the mastermind behind the hoax had apologized to him.
Yahoo reported:

Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o finally answered questions Friday night about the Lennay Kekua girlfriend hoax, saying in an exclusive interview with ESPN that he wasn’t part of it – although he “tailored” his accounts of meeting the woman – and that the alleged mastermind of the hoax apologized to him.

The Fighting Irish linebacker and Heisman Trophy finalist at the center of a fake girlfriend controversy that has captivated the sports world for three days spoke to the network’s Jeremy Schaap. Te’o gave the interview with a lawyer seated next to him in a conference room at the IMG Training Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he is preparing for the NFL draft. There were no TV cameras at the 2½-hour interview, which was recorded.

Although Te’o came to Notre Dame officials about the hoax in late December, he said a group of people connected to the perpetrators of the hoax showed up at the team hotel in the days leading up to the BCS Championship game in Miami. Te’o told Schaap the incident affected his play in the game, which the Irish lost 42-14.

Before that encounter, Te’o said he got a call from someone claiming to be Kekua on Dec. 6, even though that was more than two months after her supposed death.

“I just got mad,” Te’o said. “I went on a rampage … the Lennay I knew died on September 12.”

Te’o denied using the hoax to bolster his Heisman candidacy.

“Well, when they hear the facts, they’ll know,” Te’o told ESPN. “They’ll know that there is no way that I could be part of this.”

Te’o said the relationship with the fake girlfriend began on Facebook. He admitted to lying to his father about having met Kekua, prompting his father to tell reporters that the two had met. Several media stories indicated that he and Kekua had met. Te’o insisted they never did.

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  • Oldsailors Poet

    This is all a fraud and he is Gay, bank on it.

  • ★FALCON★

    I don’t buy for one second Te’o was not in on it. And he’ll be exposed for a lying fraud in due time.

    Additionally, Te’o’s father, Brian, is a part of the fraud. Some father huh?

    It’s easy to claim he didn’t know the truth, but his father furthered the conspiracy. No one is that stupid.

  • RealMc

    Who cares.

    If this is truly the most important thing going on the hostages in Algeria must be free and oblah blah has resigned.


  • Peregrine Took, Hobbit S.O.B.

    Saw this one on a sports blog: Te’o wrapped his arms around Lennay Kekua as often as he did Bama’s Eddie Lacy.

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  • Pink Tie Republican

    So Teo’s Samoan buddy willo take the fall for him? for a price, maybe?

  • RKflorida

    This is a symptom of why we are in decline as a nation. This unlikable jerk plays football and commits fraud and is now garnering attention on a national level. This story is worth about 10 lines in the local podunk paper on page 13. Well you folks dwell on this punk if you want, and please let me know when he is in an orange jump suit and heading to a more suitable environment.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    If you’ve read any of the things Manti has said, he comes across as an idiot who cant string together a coherent sentence. How he ever got into Notre Dame is an interesting question (well, no it’s not, but it ought to be) but he comes across as just stupid enough that he might not have realized it was a hoax. Of course, that begs the question of why he never bothered to meet the love of his life, or visit her in the hospital.

    On the other hand, he would not be the first closeted homosexual to invent a non-existent girlfriend or wife, and having her conveniently die and leave him grief stricken would be a convenient way to deflect questions about why he was not dating again.

  • Mannie

    Why is this even news? Getting scammed by online lovers is so common, it’s an Internet meme. People get “hurt” when relationships explode. Despite the fact that I met my last two wives on line, Internet relationships tend to explode. Eventually, reality gets in the way. Why all the hand wringing, posturing, and angst? Get out there and play football.

  • Ray

    This guy was overrated all year. He wouldn’t start for Alabama,LSU or probably a few other SEC teams.
    On a side note,why is his fake girlfriend a bigger story than Backdoor Barry’s?

  • owl

    Isn’t it nice that we have days of this news along with a biker? Over and over, all over TV. If not this, it is guns, guns, guns.

    Must be nice to be Poop Scoopers and control the news. Not a word about no budget, Benghazi, hundreds of dead Mexicans and 16 trillion.

    Not one word about golf playing, vacationing, lying Obama.

  • Lim Lynn

    Why aren’t the news featuring Algerian Natural Gas Complex kidnapping scene are they really diverting American citizens’ attention to non important issue happening?

  • Skinner

    The gay camouflage continues…

    Notre Dame is a pathetic PC joke of a university

    I don’t care if the guy is gay, this story-coverup is so stupidly pathetic.

  • flyover

    I’m stunned at the mileage this so-called news story has received. The economy must be all better and world peace must have happened while I napped today.

  • USMC Thomas

    Is this any different than SØBama’s composite white girlfriend? This boy has presidential potential.

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