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Thomas Tennant

Dr. Phil to Interview Man Who Hoaxed Manti Teo

By January 28, 2013

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Chances are, if you're following the Manti Te'o story at all, you caught the Notre Dame football player's interview on Katie. If not, let me quickly you bring you up to speed.

Te'o, a linebacker for Notre Dame, found himself wrapped up in a story of heartbreak when he revealed in September that his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, a Stanford University student who he met online, died from leukemia. Te'o pressed on, however, having a stellar season with the Fighting Irish, something he said Kekua would want.

Except the woman Te'o purported to be his girlfriend didn't exist. And pictures he supplied of the young woman where of someone else entirely. Those pictures were allegedly sent to Te'o by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a family friend - supposedly - of Te'o.

Ah, a hoax, right? Poor Te'o, right? Well hold on.

While it was reported that Te'o's relationship was strictly online, Te'o and his family members all mentioned moments when the woman was with - or near - Te'o. Then Te'o quickly confessed to lying to family members and others about being with her because he didn't want to admit that he only knew her online.

Now it seems that Kekua was Tuiasosopo all along, and that Tuiasosopo passed himself off as Kekua's cousin when he met Te'o in 2012. And that voicemails left on Te'o's phone where from Tuiasosopo's female cousin, Tino.


Well, get ready for the next chapter, as Tuiasosopo sits down with Dr. Phil this Thursday and Friday. What new revelations will be revealed?

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