Star Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has not made headlines recently with any signature football moves or phenomenal plays on the field, but rather an online hoax. In an interview with Katie Couric, Te’o admits to lying about a romance with a woman who did not exist. In terms of trying to make sense of the ordeal surrounding Te’o, it may be difficult to do, but many are trying to muddle through the confusion.
In an interview set to air on Thursday’s “Katie” show with Katie Couric, Te’o shares with her that he didn’t lie about the hoax until December, believing that his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua had died of cancer.
Te’ O, a Heisman Trophy runner-up received a phone call in December from a woman saying she was in fact Kekua, whom he believed had died in September of cancer.
Te’o then told Couric: “Now I get a phone call on December 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?”
Although Te’o found out that Kekua was a hoax on December on 6, he referenced his girlfriend two days later.
“Katie, put yourself in my situation. I, my whole world told me that she died on September 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on September 12,” Te’o said to Couric.
Time progresses and later Te’o finds out that the girlfriend was a creation of “two guys and a girl.” Te’o maintains that he did not know who the persons were who created the hoax, except for involvement from an individual named “Tuiasosopo”, who has reportedly posted videos of himself singing Christian songs online.
Watch video of Te’o interviewing with Couric about the hoax below: