Manti Te’o Katie Couric Interview Manti Gets Emotional Admits Briefly Lying About Fake Girlfriend


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Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has told Katie Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn’t exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. Pressed by Couric to admit that he was in on the deception, Te’o said he believed that his girlfriend Lennay Kekua had died of cancer and didn’t lie about it until December. “Katie, put yourself in my situation. I, my whole world told me that she died on Sept. 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on Sept. 12,” Te’o said in an interview to air Thursday on Couric’s syndicated talk show. A segment of the interview with Te’o and his parents was broadcast Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” The Heisman Trophy runner-up said he only learned of the hoax when he received a phone call in December from a woman saying she was Kekua. “Now I get a phone call on Dec. 6, saying that she’s alive and then I’m going be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?” Te’o said. An Associated Press review of news coverage found that the Heisman Trophy runner-up talked about his doomed love in a Web interview on Dec. 8 and again in a newspaper interview published Dec. 10. Te’o’s father defended his son when Couric pointed out that many people don’t believe the Irish star, suspecting he used the situation for personal gain. “People can speculate about what they think he is. I’ve known him 21 years of his life


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13 thoughts on “Manti Te’o Katie Couric Interview Manti Gets Emotional Admits Briefly Lying About Fake Girlfriend

  1. rodeopac

    Who cares if he? lied? I guess the people that donated money in the name of his fictitious girlfriend.

  2. Dima5663

    Who cares? We should really be worried about the fact? that this is classified as front page news and the amount of people it has riled up, over something as MINISCULE as this? Who cares if he lied? It doesn’t effect me, you or his game and as far as i’m concerned it’s non of our business, even if he did decide to share it. People that have done far worse things aren’t being treated as bad as he is at the moment by the general population.

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  4. Jahmizzle808

    Y’all are some losers behind your computers and televisions tearing into a talented kid! Muthafucking Haters!! This kid is as straight as they come…Hate all you want…and Dirby D…fuck yo bitch ass! Atleast he’s going to be? playing in the NFL…Mark my words Mother Fucker! Manti Te’o is the next Junior Seau! Fuck You and Bitch Ass! Manti is the most decorated college player cuz he is a Beast on the field…Not cuz of his personal life you Fuckin Douche Bag! Eat shit and Choke on it!

  5. rodeopac

    He just lied to “Sports Illustrated” Notre Dame, ESPN, his coaches, his father, his teammates the fawning public….he’s just a kid…WTF how does this “kid” continue to spin the story as if he was a victim when he flat out fucking lied to everybody for so long? This kid and his? family crave attention and they are all full of shit! Call it what you want embellishing, tailoring, misleading guess what? it all starts with and ends with he fucking LIED…open your eyes! He was complicit so was ND!

  6. vikingrich

    Manti? don’t like the meat, but he sure likes the bone.

  7. rjm22nd

    Manti looks like someone that is not playing? with a full deck.

  8. Zmoneyenterprises

    How do u know that? Your right we live in an age of technology so even if he did ask to talk to her on Facetime they could make some kind of excuse to either talk on the phone or the internet. An even? bigger insult to human intelligence are people who think they know everything and every detail about a person’s life when they don’t and never will. U don’t know anything and neither do I but I’ll believe his own words before someone else without any evidence

  9. Dirby D

    Manti is full of shit. We live in an age of technology. You mean to tell me Manti never asked his “love of his life” to Skype or Face-time? Why wouldn’t he? attend her funeral? Do you really think I’m going to believe this dude? What an insult to people’s intelligence. Hes a slightly above average player at best. The media made him and his sad story a college legend, not his performance on the field. If you read this Manti, I promise you will get exposed in the NFL. You might be a 5 – 6 rounder.

  10. Archer8423

    I would like to reiterate that people say it’s a compliment but not when people steal your pics and pass you off as them and jumping states. Get a life furthermore a FACE of? your own. FaceTime Skype PhoneCall. Now that’s a definite contact to not getting played…theend.

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