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  • Yes, he had to

    22 88.00%
  • No, he was fooled

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Thread: Did Te'o Know?

  1. #16
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    Feb 2004
    Asheville, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by carson005 View Post
    I don't think he knew. But he did lie about some aspects of their "relationship" obviously.

    I mean if they were going to fake a MAJOR news story like this, you think they would have covered their tracks better.
    There is some guy on twitter saying that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo is behind it all. Then on December 12 said this

    jay.R ‏@jayRahz

    The person behind @LennayKay created the leukemia death story cause of @WhatIsCatfish
    Something crazy is going on. Here is his twitter

  2. #17
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    Aug 2008
    i cant imagine he didn't. just no way
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  3. #18
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    Feb 2004
    He knew.... Notre Dame fans can give it a rest. There is all kinds of document interviews of him talking about knowing her through a cousin, visiting him in Hawaii, talking to her family on the phone etc. There are several transcripts of him talking about her and the facts not matching up from one interview to the next....

    Then you have the fact that he was still telling people his story about his girlfriend after he had already talked to Notre Dame about the whole issue. He had already told Notre Dame officials that it wasn't true and yet was still out there telling the stories as if they were true....

    Your boy is a liar. End of story.

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  4. #19
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    Feb 2004
    Asheville, NC
    Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man who has been publicly identified as being behind the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax, called a church friend in early December crying and admitted to duping the Heisman finalist, the friend told "Outside the Lines" Thursday.

    The friend, a woman in her mid-20s, agreed to be interviewed under the condition that she not be identified, saying she was fearful for her family's safety because of the overwhelming publicity the story has generated. In the interview, she did allow for her voice to be recorded.

    She said Tuiasosopo gave her the tearful confession and account of how he played what he said was at first a game on the unsuspecting Te'o. And, she said, he told her that it wasn't the first time he had done it.

    "He (Ronaiah) told me that Manti was not involved at all, he was a victim. ... The girlfriend was a lie, the accident was a lie, the leukemia was a lie," said the woman. "He was crying, he was literally crying, he's like 'I know, I know what I have to do.'

    "It's not only Manti, but he was telling me that it's a lot of other people they had done this to."

    Notre Dame issued a news release Wednesday after reported it could find no record of Lennay Kekua, Te'o's supposed girlfriend, existing.

    Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a news conference Wednesday night that coaches were informed by Te'o and his parents on Dec. 26 that Te'o had been the victim of what appeared to be a hoax. Someone using a fictitious name "apparently ingratiated herself" with Te'o, the school said, then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had died of leukemia.

    Swarbrick said that the relationship took place online and over the phone. Te'o had described staying on the phone with whom he thought was Kekua for hours each night over many months. Tuiasosopo's friend from church told ESPN that Tuiasosopo admitted to having his female cousin speak to Te'o over the phone.

    Meanwhile, on Friday, an adviser to Te'o told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap that the linebacker has been huddling Friday morning with family members and a team of advisers, who are trying to determine the best way for him to address the controversy. The adviser, who's been part of the discussions, also said that all of the advisers are thoroughly convinced that Te'o is telling the truth in saying that he was a victim of a hoax.

    OTL also interviewed two other people who said they have a cousin who had the same online hoax pulled on them by Tuiasosopo.

    J.R. Vaosa, 28, of Torrance, Calif., and Celeste Tuioti-Mariner, 21, of Whittier, Calif., said that in 2008 their cousin began an online romance with a woman who portrayed herself as a model. Vaosa said the cousin showed Vaosa a picture on MySpace of a woman from a Victoria's Secret catalog that he said was Kekua. Vaosa said that the online Kekua would agree to meet his cousin at certain places. Vaosa said he went with the cousin to meet her.

    "When Lennay said she was gonna be at this park one day, we'd go to the park and Ronaiah pops up and then we go to the gym in Orange County where the kids have volleyball tournaments, Ronaiah's there," Vaosa said.

    Finally, the family convinced Vaosa's cousin that something wasn't right and he needed to cut things off not only with Kekua, but Tuiasosopo, whom they were convinced was the real Kekua, Tuioti-Mariner said.

    "I just knew that my cousin would invite her to certain events and Lennay would always say she would go to those things, but she would never end up going and instead of her going we would see Ronaiah," Tuioti-Mariner said.

    Then this fall, Vaosa and Tuioti-Mariner saw the story of Te'o's dying girlfriend.

    "When I found out about the Samoan football player (and) his girlfriend, his Grandma died the same day, I was like, 'Whoa this is crazy,' I feel so bad for him, so I just looked him up," Vaosa said. "I found out his girlfriend's name was Lennay Kekua. And right when I read the name Lennay Kekua, I immediately thought of Ronaiah. Then I thought of my cousin -- that this has to be the same person."

    The cousins said they were convinced Te'o was being victimized, but they were uncertain of what to do. They said they began tweeting their suspicions. Many of their tweets were laced with sarcasm including claims that they were the real Lennay Kekua. After broke the story on Te'o and Swarbrick held a news conference, Vaosa and Tuioti-Mariner found reporters at their door and said threats were made to them and their families on Twitter.

    Another person involved in the hoax has come forward as well. The woman whose photos were portrayed as Kekua was identified by "Inside Edition" as Diane O'Meara. Her lawyer told the program that her client is also a victim and that her photos were stolen and used to create the illusion of Te'o's girlfriend. reported in its original story that the woman whose images were used as Kekua's was actually a former high school classmate of Tuiasosopo and that he used a ruse to get her to send him at least one photo.

    Meanwhile, the woman who says Tuiasosopo confessed to her said she has urged Tuiasosopo to take responsibility for his actions.

    She said he called her Wednesday as the news of the hoax was breaking. She said he sounded calm but she worries about his guilt over what he did to Te'o and what he did to his family name, one of the most prominent in all of Polynesian sports. She worries what he might do to himself.

    "I (still) am worried for him (Ronaiah), not just him and his family but I know that you can't judge people like that and that's why I continue to just encourage (him) to come out and tell the truth," she said.

  5. #20
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    Mar 2007
    He knew at least past a certain point, and ran with it even after he undoubtedly knew...that's 100% certain.

    How long he knew is up for debate. I do think he was originally pranked, however.
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  6. #21
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    Aug 2009
    Eugene, OR
    Crazy story. I'm pretty sure it didn't start out as some scam idea that Te'o had, but he probably decided it was a convenient lie to bolster his image. He probably got very bad advice from people around him, and unfortunately he's going to have this hanging over him for a long time. He shouldn't have lied about it, but I do kind of feel sorry for him...
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