Manti Te’o has been caught up in a cruel hoax that was revealed by news sources to be a hoax set up by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.
The Notre Dame star and Heisman Trophy finalist said he had fallen in love with a girl, who he had been communicating with online and over the phone. The one problem: She never existed.
The elaborate ruse was carried on through the college football season, until Deadspin.com reported the story to the world.
Now, the man behind the girlfriend hoax says he might be gay. In a sit-down interview with TV counselor Dr. Phil McGraw, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo admits to duping the college football star into believing a woman who he had fallen for online was real.
Tuiasosopo says while he may have falsely passed himself off as the non-existent Lennay Kekua, the feelings he developed with Te’o, as Lennay, were real.
Dr. Phil says the young man told him he was “confused” about his sexual identity.
Most Americans are familiar with the saga, so let’s look at how other countries might perceive the ruse:
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