Manti Te’o Tells Jeremy Schaap “Its My Fault, But Its Not My Fault”

Yahoo! – 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.

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. Schaap reported there were “occasional contacts” over the following year, and Te’o said he contacted people who said they knew Kekua.

The relationship escalated after Notre Dame’s game against Purdue in 2011. It got even more “intense,” according to Schaap, on April 25 of last year when Te’o learned Kekua had been involved in a truck crash. From April until September, Schaap reported, Te’o and Kekua were “inseparable” by phone. It did occur to Te’o that it was strange that they had never met. “I even thought it was crazy that I was with somebody I didn’t meet,” Schaap reported Te’o as saying. Te’o admitted lying to his father, Brian, about the relationship, and confessed to embellishing details of their romance.

One of the most pressing questions over the last few days was why Te’o didn’t visit the supposedly ailing Kekua in the hospital. Schaap posed that to Te’o, who said, “It never really crossed my mind. I don’t know. I was in school.”

Schaap said the interview was conducted without cameras because Te’o wanted the discussion to be in a “more intimate setting” and the lack of lights and cameras “probably made him more comfortable.” Te’o told Schaap he still wasn’t completely sure Kekua was fake until Wednesday, when Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the reported mastermind behind the hoax, called him to confess and apologize.


Im at the point where I dont care whether he made up the fake girlfriend or someone else performed the hoax on him, I put almost all the blame on him for going along with this for 3 years. I can see if he was meeting this girl and they were hanging out and he fell in love with her, only to have it be some elaborate scam where she didn’t really love him but her and her boyfriend were just using him and whatnot. But the fact that he NEVER met her and he didnt go to her “funeral” because “it never crossed his mind” is an absolute joke. At that point its almost obvious that he knew she was fake and wasn’t going to go to some fake funeral. That he just played along and was like, yeah ok.

Then he lies to his dad about meeting her, basically because he knew he was a fool and if he’d had told his dad that for 3 years they’d only talked on the phone and on Facebook chat, his dad probably would have beat his ass, then laughed at him. No dad wants to hear that their son has an imaginary girlfriend. That they’re so lonely and unsociable that they cant get a normal, real chick. Get it over with and just tell your dad you’re gay.

I cant believe this guy carried this through for 3 years. I get fed up with real girlfriends in like a year or so. And they put out. A fake girlfriend whom you can never bring out to show off, whom you can never have sex with, or get blown from? No thanks. Its been 3 days and Im already fed up with fake girlfriends. I’ll just keep cycling through real ones every 2 years.



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