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Video: ‘Face’ of Te’o’s faux girlfriend speaks

Diane O'Meara

What, you thought (hoped?) you’d get through another day without an update on one of the most bizarre stories the sports world has seen in recent years?

Appearing on NBC’s Today show Tuesday, the woman who served as the public “face” of Manti Te’o‘s faux girlfriend in a bizarrely elaborate hoax claimed she “never met Te’o… never spoke with… never exchanged words, tweets” with the former Notre Dame linebacker.

Diane O’Meara (pictured), who the world had previously known as Te’o’s dead girlfriend Lennay Kekua, confirmed that she went to high school with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the alleged “mastermind” behind the hoax.  O’Meara claimed that Tuiasosopo had stalked her via Facebook for several years and had stolen photos of her that were ultimately used as the public face of Kekua, who Te’o had built an online relationship with and who supposedly succumbed to leukemia in September of last year.

O’Meara only learned she was a bit player in Tuiasosopo’s alleged hoax when she was contacted by writers from Deadspin.com, which broke the story earlier this month.

In the interview, O’Meara stated that “Ronny has called and not only confessed, but he has also apologized.”  An apology, though, doesn’t go far enough for a woman unwittingly dragged into Tuiasosopo’s tangled web.

“I don’t think there’s anything he could say to me that would fix this,” the 23-year-old Los Angeles marketing executive said.

Tuiasosopo and his family have hinted that they could speak publicly this week for the first time, although that’s far from a certainty given the fluid nature of the situation.  Te’o, who sat down for an off-camera interview late last week, is expected to have an on-camera interview with Katie Couric this week.  Te’o has denied he was participant in the hoax, although he has acknowledged “catering” his stories about Kekua.

For the entire O’Meara interview, click on the video below.

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23 Responses to “Video: ‘Face’ of Te’o’s faux girlfriend speaks”
  1. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jan 22, 2013 2:42 PM

    This is the first time I have ever been glad he chose ND over USC. What a clown!

  2. sportsfan240 says: Jan 22, 2013 3:11 PM

    USC has had players with much greater off the field issues than having an online girlfriend that ended up not existing

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 22, 2013 3:14 PM

    She’s kinda hot…. for a chick that doesn’t exist.

  4. overratedgators says: Jan 22, 2013 3:28 PM

    Such an imaginary waste of such an imaginary beautiful young lady. Rest in imaginary peace, Lennay. You are forever in our imaginary thoughts.

  5. vanmorrissey says: Jan 22, 2013 3:28 PM

    Which is why the dirtbag got an attorney so quickly. She should sue him for false impersonation and then for sure he’ll stop his clown act. She definitely has a case especially since he claims to have admitted it (in the presence of a lawyer?).

  6. chicagoirish23 says: Jan 22, 2013 3:29 PM

    xtremesportsmaniac – That’s interesting, coming from a team who had a Heisman trophy running back accused of murdering his ex-wife and also currently in prison for kidnapping and assault. Let’s not also forget the Heisman winner running back who had to return his Heisman trophy and also caused his team their National Championship.

    I’m still w/ you Manti, fake g/f or not. I rather lose the right way then win cheating.

  7. be4bama says: Jan 22, 2013 3:36 PM

    All I have to say is ROLL TIDE

  8. canehouse says: Jan 22, 2013 3:41 PM

    Zzzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzz

  9. pacific123ocean says: Jan 22, 2013 3:46 PM

    I feel bad for this girl. Any lawyers on here know if she can sue Tuiasosopo for anything?

  10. be4bama says: Jan 22, 2013 4:05 PM

    Sounds like identity theft to me.

  11. friarjack61 says: Jan 22, 2013 4:36 PM

    Who cares ! This is NOT NEWSWORTHY !

    Forget it. TOO much Hollywood in our society.

  12. jason1214 says: Jan 22, 2013 4:45 PM

    What do the Texas Longhorns, LSU Tigers & Notre Dame “Fightin” Irish have in common? ….
    They were all never the same after getting whipped by Alabama…

  13. dawglb says: Jan 22, 2013 4:45 PM

    She will take her 15 minutes of fame and write a book, earn a million dollars ….. And whine that her life will never be the same. Meanwhile, she’ll choose to be on the Bachelorette, Oprah, the Today Show….be seen court side at a Lakers game……..

  14. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jan 22, 2013 6:57 PM

    ChicagoIrish,

    Do we need to bring up Kelly killing a student?

  15. kozbee says: Jan 22, 2013 7:01 PM

    If anyone has been hurt thru all this is Diane O’Meara having her identity stolen and used without permission.She should press charges against all involved and spend jail time.Teo should have his butt kicked out of school and not allowed to enter any college cause you cant teach stupid `stupid`…

  16. contract says: Jan 22, 2013 7:30 PM

    You just know that someone is going to hook them up.

  17. suprmous says: Jan 22, 2013 9:00 PM

    Hey jason1214, do you know what they call one who doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground? Answer is: look in the mirror and see whos reflection you see starin back at you and when you pointin fingers check out how many you have comin back at you. Point bein you’re about as funny as a flea circus on a tick. Your attitude sucks when it comes to jokes. As a LSU faithful I can look at 3 brothers who played at Bama and enjoy their humor more than your’s Pal. And by the way, at least they’re not as silly with their’s as what you are.

  18. Deb says: Jan 22, 2013 9:17 PM

    She slightly favors Jessica Alba when Alba was much younger.

  19. jesse1834 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:35 PM

    I’d feel bad for getting my identity stolen until that first “book”, “movie of the week” check hit my bank account.

  20. be4bama says: Jan 23, 2013 8:26 AM

    Maybe she will get a gig at the Super Bowl like AJs girlfriend did.

  21. Deb says: Jan 23, 2013 3:17 PM

    @be4bama …

    AJ’s girlfriend is a Miss Alabama USA. That means she has some performance skills, on-camera poise, and probably an agent in addition to stunning good looks. She’s not getting media offers just because she’s AJ’s girlfriend or just because she’s attractive. When Musberger gave her that additional media exposure, she already had her ducks in a row.

  22. be4bama says: Jan 23, 2013 3:58 PM

    Deb I’m aware of that. There’s 2 or 3 ND posters on CFT I’ve been having a little fun with because of their pompous attitudes.

  23. Deb says: Jan 23, 2013 5:18 PM

    @be4bama …

    I get that :)

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