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There were a lot of unanswered questions leading up to Manti Te'o's exclusive sit down with talk-host Katie Couric on Thursday — like whether or not the Notre Dame football star had anything to do with his phony online girlfriend or he was "catfished" — truly the victim of an elaborate hoax.
Another question circling around in the minds of conspiracy buffs was the possibility the whole deal was a sensational way for Te'o to cover up speculation that he was gay.
Couric asked the 22-year-old point blank about that possibility.
"One of the theories, many theories, Manti, making the rounds is somehow you created this whole scenario to cover up your sexual orientation," Couric said. "Are you gay?"
"No. Far from it. Faaaaaaaaar from it," said a smiling Te'o.
During the interview, Te'o went on to vehemently deny having any involvement in creating the phony Stanford co-ed, Lennay Kekua.
Te'o claimed his biggest regrets were lying to his parents about once meeting Kekua and briefly perpetuating the charade that Kekua actually existed even after he found out she didn't on Dec. 6.
Kekua's phone messages were reportedly made by hoax mastermind, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who disguised his voice as the fake hottie.
"It didn't sound like a man. It sounded like a woman," Te'o told Couric. "But if he somehow made that voice, that's incredible."
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The Katie Couric show has released some of the voice mails that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo aka Lennay Kekua left on Manti Te’o's phone. We were able to embed one here on PFZ from Deadspin and the others are right here on Katie Couric’s site.
What’s really creepy and is that the voicemails sound just like a women, unless of course these aren’t the real voicemails.
Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o told ABC’s Katie Couric that he did lie to the media when he found out that his dead girlfriend never existed, but that he wasn’t involved in the hoax itself.
To be honest I don’t know what to believe now. All I know is that Te’o did lie to some degree and his character should be questioned after this incident.
Even if Te’o...
Manti Te'o told Katie Couric the feelings he had for what turned
out to be a fake, online girlfriend were real and reiterated he had
nothing to do with the hoax.
In theory it shouldn’t matter if Te’o is gay or not. Fans and the NFL should more interested in if he can get off blocks, tackle NFL Running Backs and cover Tight Ends no pun intended.
But, because of the depth of his Catfish story it is legitimate question to ask because it would tie up a lot of loose ends, once again no pun intended.
We reported on how NFL people are wondering...
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the alleged ring leader of the Manti Te'o fake girlfriend hoax, will get his first on-camera interview with Dr. Phil, according to TMZ.
Tuiasosopo met with Dr. Phil on Thursday in Los Angeles, and the interview is expected to air next week, according to the report. The two reportedly watched Te'o's interview with Katie Couric. Sources told TMZ that...
It's all on faith now. How much do you have? How much do you think someone else can have? Believe in Manti Te'o or don't believe.
Turns out, there is no end game to this. If there is one thing I was wrong about from the start, it was that we'll find out the truth sooner or later. Facts will emerge; facts will tell. Instead, this is a sentence without a period, running...
Dr. Phil has booked alleged Manti Te'o's alleged girlfriend hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo for his daytime talk show.According to TMZ, both Dr. Phil and Tuiasosopo sat down on Thursday and viewed the interview Te'o did with Katie Couric on her daytime talk show. Afterwards the two men discussed Te'o's interview and why Tuiasosopo created the fake girlfriend (Lennay...
One of the theories that has arisen from the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax mess is that Te’o is gay. There are a number of people who believe that Te’o helped perpetuate the Lennay Kekua story in order to prove he is a heterosexual. Katie Couric wouldn’t have been doing her job if she didn’t ask Te’o about his sexual preference during their interview, which aired on Thursday...
I know you are probably tired of hearing about the whole Manti Te’o fake-dead-girlfriend thing. But, in case you were curious to hear the motivation behind Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s plot to fool Te’o into believing Lennay Kekua was a real live woman, he’s sharied his version of events with Dr. Phil.
According to TMZ, Tuiasosopo and Dr. Phil watched Te’o's interview with...
Ex-Notre Dame linebacker discusses bizarre hoax with Katie Couric.
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s cousin Tino Tuiasosopo played the part of “Lennay Kekua,” the fake girlfriend he created, The NY Post reported.
Tino Tuiasosopo convinced the Notre Dame star that she was the real deal, calling him at school, telling him she loved him and even sobbing hysterically when another girl answered his phone, several of the woman’s relatives confirmed on Thursday...
Radio host Gregg “Opie” Hughes is like many and doesn’t fully believe everything that Manti Te’o is claiming after desperately trying to cover up his dead fake girlfriend scandal. Hughes was on his Sirius/XM Satellite radio program on Friday morning, the Opie And Anthony Show, and put forth an enticing offer of $25,000 for a girl to come forward and prove that she indeed...
The Manti Te’o hoax story continues to get weirder by the day.According to a report from the New York Daily News, Manti Te’o, who thought he was talking to a female (Lennay Kekua), was really talking to the man behind the entire hoax the entire time, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.The Heisman Trophy finalist “thought it was a female he was talking with,” lawyer Milton Grimes acknowledged...