Now that crestfallen Manti Te'o has supposedly told his side of the infamous girlfriend hoax -- that he was simply an unwitting victim caught up in the hype -- it's time for Ronaiah Tuiasosopo to tell his side of the story.
Tuiasosopo, who lives in the Antelope Valley of north Los Angeles County, is the man who Te'o said admitted he was behind the hoax, in which a phantom Lennay Kekua friended Te'o online and became his girlfriend without the two having met. ESPN has reported that Tuiasosopo called a friend last month to confess to the hoax.
Kekua supposedly died the same week as Te'o's grandmother, which came days before the All-American linebacker had a big game for Notre Dame on national television to vault himself into Heisman Trophy consideration. When the Irish went unbeaten and rose to No. 1 in the nation, his epic tale took on a life of its own.
Deadspin.com first reported last week that Kekua did not exist and that Te'o was either duped or part of the scam. Making matters worse, Te'o and his family embellished the story by saying the two had met.