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Manti Te'o's ex-teammate spoke to fake girlfriend Lennay Kekua

September 03, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Houston Texans running back Cierre Wood stiff-arms Dallas linebacker Caleb McSurdy during a preseason game. Wood was a teammate of Manti Te'o at Notre Dame.
Houston Texans running back Cierre Wood stiff-arms Dallas linebacker… (Tony Gutierrez / Associated…)

Houston Texans running back Cierre Wood, who played at Notre Dame alongside Manti Te'o, has been answering a lot of questions about his former teammate this week because the Texans are playing Te'o and the San Diego Chargers in the season opener for both teams Monday.

And apparently, most of the questions revolve around Te'o's fake girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, and not on how well Te'o plays.

“They really don’t ask me about how he plays. His tape speaks for itself. I really don’t get questions on his athletic abilities,” Wood told KHOU-TV in Houston. “More of the questions are on the things that surrounded him the most, the main reason he was in the limelight.”

The big question: Did Wood ever have any contact with Kekua?

“Yeah, I did. It was more along the line of, if I came in here with a goldfish and said, ‘This is my goldfish, Larry.’ You guys are going to go like, ‘OK.’ It was more along the lines of that,” Wood said.

“I would come over to ask for a controller and he’d be like, ‘Come talk to my girl.’ It was on the computer screen and it was blank. I really don’t care. I heard someone talking, so I introduced myself, ‘Hi, I’m Cierre. How are you doing? Nice to meet you,’ and just went on about my business.”


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