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Manti Te'o denies being in on hoax during TV interview

Notre Dame linebacker admits to host Katie Couric that he answered questions about his online girlfriend after he knew she was a fake person.

January 23, 2013|Staff and wire reports
  • Manti Te'o is shown during the taping of his interview for the Katie Couric show.
Manti Te'o is shown during the taping of his interview for the Katie… (Lorenzo Bevilaqua / Disney-ABC )

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o admitted to talk show host Katie Couric that he answered questions about his "dead," online girlfriend even after he received a call Dec. 6 from a woman posing as the fake person.

Te'o also maintained he played no part in the hoax.

Pressed by Couric to admit that he was in on the deception, the All-American said he was convinced the woman he knew as Lennay Kekua died in September. Te'o claims he never met Kekua in person but developed a serious relationship with her through phone calls and electronic messages.

"Katie, put yourself in my situation. I, my whole world told me that she died on Sept. 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on Sept. 12," Te'o said in an interview to air Thursday on Couric's syndicated show. A segment of the interview with Te'o and his parents was broadcast Wednesday on "Good Morning America."

"Now I get a phone call on Dec. 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?" Te'o said.


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