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Te’o to Couric: ‘What would you do?’


While the entire interview has yet to air, portions of Manti Te’o‘s “highly anticipated” sit-down with Katie Couric were broadcast on Good Morning America Wednesday.

In his first on-camera interview since the faux dead girlfriend hoax was revealed a week ago today, the former Notre Dame linebacker reiterated that he played no part in the elaborate scheme — a supposed online girlfriend named Lennay Kekua and her “death” in mid-September — although he once again allowed that he had briefly lied after initially discovering not only was Kekua not dead after a battle with leukemia, but that she didn’t even exist.

In the brief segment that was aired this morning, Te’o claimed he simply didn’t know which way to turn or which direction to go after finding out in early December that what he had known to be true was, in fact, not.

“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 told Couric in the interview that will be broadcast on her syndicated talk show.

“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?”

The Heisman Trophy ceremony was Dec. 8.  Te’o was the runner-up in the voting to Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.

As the Associated Press notes, there are at least two instances of Te’o addressing the “death” of his “girlfriend” after he learned of the hoax — “in a Web interview on Dec. 8 and again in a newspaper interview published Dec. 10.”  Te’o also sidestepped a question involving the supposed girlfriend in the days leading up to the BCS championship game against Alabama Jan. 7.

During a press conference the night broke the story, ND athletic director Jack Swarbrick acknowledged that Te’o informed the university of the hoax Dec. 26, nearly three weeks after the player had learned that his relationship with Kekua had been a lie.

In an interview with NBC’s Today show Tuesday, Diane O’Meara, the public face of Te’o’s girlfriend, stated that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo admitted to her that he was the perpetrator of the hoax and apologized to his former high school classmate.  O’Meara also defiantly claimed that she in no way, shape or form knows Te’o, and had no knowledge of Tuiasosopo’s alleged scheme.

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  1. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 23, 2013 11:03 AM

    If it quacking like a duck, walks like a duck, it is “briefly” a duck.

  2. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 23, 2013 11:05 AM

    He just needs to go away. His NFL career is going to last about 20 minutes, once they figure out he’s as big a fraud on the field as he is off of it.

  3. pdmjr says: Jan 23, 2013 11:11 AM

    Too bad that deadspin got half a story, they should have waited. Now espn/abc are getting all the credit. Surprised but not suprised

  4. pdmjr says: Jan 23, 2013 11:12 AM

    Oh I think he’ll do fine on draft day, he has the best talent agency working for him

  5. sadskinsfan89 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:18 AM

    O Manti is asking the questions? this is typical of someone trying to get the sympathy card. He was in on it from the get go. But be naive if u wld like

  6. mountaineer50415 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:21 AM

    This is a joke in and of itself. Since when did the NFL say that no liars,or practical jokers are allowed?
    This is such a stupid joke, and it really does not matter. The only thing the NFL cares about is can he play football?
    If you owned a football team would you look for a defense that could stop other teams, or would you look for purity?

  7. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 23, 2013 11:23 AM

    He’s still trying to get Eddie Lacy’s cleat marks out of the back of his jersey.

  8. be4bama says: Jan 23, 2013 11:28 AM

    There’s a cleat mark on his belly too.

  9. mountaineer50415 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:37 AM

    If he play like that when practicing this week he will not get into the NFL. If he plays better he will. Rather he has a girl or not doesn’t matter.

  10. idolized1 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:08 PM

    Couric to Te’o:

    “Not keep lying about it.”

  11. jpirish58 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:17 PM

    Wow More Breaking News…. Teo was Catfished & Lied because he was Embarressed about it.. Man Stop the presses…. Oh Wait a minute. We’ve known that for a while?. Oh Ok Never Mind. On a Serious Note. When do the Apologoies start rolling in to Teo For Dragging his Name Through the Mud…. Case Closed Let the Kid Live his Life. Unless the Inspector Clouseau’s out there dig up something else… It’s Over Haters… Have a wonderfull day……….Go Irish

  12. ttalarico says: Jan 23, 2013 12:28 PM

    Go Irish and Manti!

  13. be4bama says: Jan 23, 2013 12:35 PM

    Even without the Te’o hoax nd is still the 2013 JOKE of college football.
    BTW why won’t nd join a conference? What are they scared of?

  14. jpirish58 says: Jan 23, 2013 12:48 PM

    So You Finally admit that Teo wasnt behind the Hoax, then slam ND Football. Well thanks for admitting that maam That Makes my day. You Owe him an apology. Thanks Maam Have a Nice day Oh one more thing Go Irish

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 23, 2013 12:53 PM

    Every NFL GM at the combine: “So Manti, if we believe that you are gullible and naive enough to fall for an internet dating scheme, what makes us believe you are sharp enough to run our defense from the MLB position…”

    Guarantee EVERY GM that he speaks to will ask him that…

  16. guinsrule says: Jan 23, 2013 12:59 PM

    Te’o to Couric: ‘What would you do?’

    Manti, What would “Touchdown Jesus” do?

  17. be4bama says: Jan 23, 2013 1:05 PM

    And I never said he wasn’t in on the hoax you idiot. Don’t read more in to my statement other than exactly what it says.
    “Even without the Te’o hoax nd is still the 2013 JOKE of college football”. End quote.
    Your big 10 education is a JOKE too.
    That is all…..end of story….move along.

    Unless you care to explain why nd is afraid to join a conference.

    O I almost forgot. ROLL TIDE
    A Southern Ma’am

  18. pricecube says: Jan 23, 2013 1:08 PM

    “This girl, who I committed myself to, died on Sept. 12..”

    It was such a deep commitment that I never bothered visiting her in hospital while she was dying of cancer or going to her funeral…

    What a joke!

  19. jpirish58 says: Jan 23, 2013 1:20 PM

    Awww your upset….Im sorry.. Geee. My Post was on the Teo Situation not ND joining a conference MAAM. Oh And your Insulting My Educational Degree. Wow those are deep wounds the really Hurt Im weeping as I type this.. boo hoo. Have a Nice Day I have to Take My Big 10 education and go into my meeting. I forgot to ask Maam are You employed or have a College degree? Just Thought Id ask. God Bless you. Maam. Have a Nice Day..

  20. be4bama says: Jan 23, 2013 1:46 PM

    No idiot I’m not upset in the least. You’ve got me LMAO. YES I WENT TO BAMA and have a degree but I gave up my banking career to be a Mom and never went back to work. Enjoy your little meeting and you have a nice day too.
    One last thing. When calling me ma’am please spell it correctly big 10 professor.

  21. polegojim says: Jan 23, 2013 2:26 PM

    What would ‘we’ do???

    Most would not have a ‘love of my life’ relationship with someone we never met for… oh… a year.

    After a short period of time… naivety was gone, and utter foolishness entered the room.

    Sorry, he may be a victim… but a very foolish one.

  22. jpirish58 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:34 PM

    Well thanks for pointing out my syntax error & hurling insults. Does that Make you feel good. Boy I sure hope so. In not going to insult you but you shouldn’t talk to me about spelling errors . Take off your Crimson Shades & Look in the mirror Ma’am…… Have a nice day

  23. therealgts says: Jan 23, 2013 2:36 PM

    Jpirish, stop typing. You are not only making ND look bad but the whole B1G. Your posts are repetitive and make virtually no sense. When you have something of substance to share I will be all ears.

  24. fnc111 says: Jan 23, 2013 2:43 PM

    Bama redneck zip it. Your husband must love the long hours at work to get away from a whacko like yourself!

    ND is the biggest brand name in collegiate football. They don’t need to join a conference. They recruit nationally and aren’t a regional school like Alabama. Enjoy your win. Keep over signing and cheating because that way you will never lose. Enjoy that less than 50% graduation rate on your team as well. You might have to pick that banking career back up to pay for all the welfare recipients soon to be coming off of your football team. 2.7% of college athletes go pro in their sport. Please add up the numbers and contradict yourself.


  25. tony34343434 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:06 PM

    Be4bama you have to be crazy or just stupid to compare Alabama to ND in academics. you beat us at the NC we give you that. Half the players on Bama can barely read, write or speak a coherent sentence. That was the most moronic statement. ND is one of the highest ranked colleges in the US and maybe besides Stanford and Duke the only school that takes academics serious and competes at a high level in sports. You are WAY out fo your league bringing up academics. I think the education system in alabama is in the bottom 5 if not the worst in the US.

    You really also feel inferior about your school. You have commented on this story about 100 times.

    get out of the trailer and go to work at the piggly wiggly and stop commenting.

  26. jpirish58 says: Jan 23, 2013 3:40 PM


    Excuse Me Sir or Ma’am Im very sorry for causing Embarrassment to the B10 & ND. My Points are repetitive because their is nothing new in this story, yet people post hate on here. I’m sorry my posts have brought shame opon the B10 & ND. Im going to go cry now sniff sniff. When there is evidence of a crime why dont you call me… Have a Nice Day……..

  27. barbeaux says: Jan 23, 2013 3:52 PM

    I thought the University of Texas was the biggest brand. Don’t they make the most money?

  28. be4bama says: Jan 23, 2013 4:09 PM

    A 100 times tony, really? I counted 4 previous post. Looks like you never learned to count so yes my education appears to be superior to you and your fellow nd and big 10 cronies.
    And I wouldn’t use than praise “we are nd” I thought Penn State owned that.

  29. be4bama says: Jan 23, 2013 4:13 PM

    Barbeaux you know how those nd people are…..for some reason they truly believe they are superior in everything related to nd.

  30. Tim's Neighbor says: Jan 23, 2013 4:24 PM

    As more and more info comes out, it certainly leans toward the Te’o was naive side. However, there are going to be many who refuse to believe it because it is much easier to hate and mock than to have sympathy.

    So far, the only evidence that Te’o was in on the hoax was an unnamed source who was 80% certain and pure speculation. Evidence to the contrary continues to pour in. If you haven’t at least attempted to re-evaluate, you’re doing it wrong.

    And anyone who says ND is a joke is just trolling. Big TV contract? Top ranked recruiting class? Top 5 ranking? Coveted head coach? All of these things say ND isn’t a joke. Of course, we can talk academics, but no one here seems to care. So why bother?

    ND trolls, please stop. You’re making ND fans look worse. SEC trolls, do whatever it is you do. You can talk trash and even if its inaccurate and doesn’t make sense, whatever, I suppose the SEC is #1 at footballing.

  31. be4bama says: Jan 23, 2013 4:25 PM

    Fnc111 both my husband and I are comfortably retired.
    The graduation rate at BAMA is 75% (football players). It would be higher if so many didn’t leave for the NFL their junior season.
    BAMA cheats??? That’s news to me. Over signing….we can’t help all the best recruits want to come to BAMA.
    All the nd fans comenmenting on here are just butt hurt over the beatdown 42-14 ROLL TIDE


  32. tony34343434 says: Jan 23, 2013 4:29 PM

    be4bama i think you are insane. since this story broke you have commented 1000 times, either you feel inferior and must keep knocking Notre Dame or you must have gotten catfished yourself!! 4 times on this story, and 96 since the story broke. you must have such a sad life. ND does not think it is better you have done nothing but be an ignorant bigot.

    you have criticized the school
    the catholic church
    our academic standards as a university which is a joke especially since Bama has none.

    you won the game leave it at that. Thats great get over it, hopefully you have more in your life than this, i hope you do

  33. be4bama says: Jan 23, 2013 4:34 PM

    Tim’s neighbor the SEC was #1 in the following last year
    Ladies Golf
    Y’all help me out here because I know I’ve forgotten several more.

  34. tony34343434 says: Jan 23, 2013 4:39 PM

    be4bama please workout and stop obsessing about the SEC that poor SOB of a husband you have must be popping viagra like skittles to get excited for you, what a loud mouth.

    You said you gave up a banking career.

    working as a teller giving people change is not exactly a career. The sec is the best at sports you got it and the best at being illiterate.

  35. jpirish58 says: Jan 23, 2013 4:41 PM

    Im Sorry I have to agree with Mr Taylor. Thats is truly a Sad & Pathetic. Wow 1,000 responses man your hate for a ND is Just Insane. My God Woman. There is Life outside of Alabama Football. Im Left Speechless .Truly Sad & Pathetic.
    I feel sorry for people whos only thrill in life is college football. I guess that commercial on ESPN is on point. My God………………………………

  36. be4bama says: Jan 23, 2013 4:44 PM

    LoL Tony. I just love ticking you nd folks off. Laughing is good for you too However 96 + 4 = 100 not 1000
    I never once said anything good or bad toward the Catholic religion. I’m a bigot??? Which comment of mine makes you say that?? . You must be confused, again :-)
    That is all now move along.

  37. be4bama says: Jan 23, 2013 4:47 PM

    ONE more time for you slow folks (jpirish, tony, Tim’s neighbor, etc)
    96 + 4 = 100 not 1000. Geez and y’all think I need to get a life

  38. joebone says: Jan 23, 2013 4:52 PM

    When did Notre Dame join the Big 10?

  39. jpirish58 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:06 PM

    BeBama.. Whatever the number of posts is its sad & pathetic. My God. Your life is Bama & SEC. You really need to get out more… Just one mans opinion…

  40. mogogo1 says: Jan 23, 2013 5:42 PM

    Ever since the Alabama game I’m envisioning his career to be like Brian Bosworth’s with some great highlight clips of NFL backs running him over.

    And I hope he’s not paying for the PR help, because it looks worse for him every interview. Rhetorical questions are intended for cases when it’s obvious you did the correct thing, not when someone can shoot back the response “Not continue lying to my family.”

  41. joewilliesshnoz says: Jan 23, 2013 7:14 PM

    The BCS sucks, Notre Dame stunk. The Irish deserved to be in the championship game about as much as Temple did.

  42. bills4 says: Jan 23, 2013 7:14 PM

    So he said he met her and he said that he received pictures of her but if this girl never met him, then who did he meet with?

  43. normtide says: Jan 23, 2013 7:50 PM

    What would I do? Well, I probably wouldn’t go on national TV until I had things figured out. Look, its obvious that he played along, even if he want in on it. However, I probably do owe Manti an apology. Not because I think he is an innocent mark, but because this isn’t so bad on the grand scale of things. I failed to apply a modifier I like to use when hearing of others problems: would I be ok with it, if its the worst thing you ever do? In this case, I would be. Plus, there is always a price fit our deeds, and sometimes for just having bad luck. Any locker room he is in, there will be whispers, every visiting stadium he enters, there will be chants. In my personal opinion its time to let this go. We all had our laughs, but every joke gets old at some point.

    The center of the college football world has not been South Bend for decades now. Legacy and tradition never tarnishes, but at some point you have to realize your not that program anymore.

  44. Tim's Neighbor says: Jan 23, 2013 11:53 PM

    Be4Bama, I’m not sure exactly what I said to incur your wrath, but sure, if it takes you questioning a stranger’s intelligence on an interwebs football chat board for you to feel better about your day, fine.

    I really don’t mind the SEC trolling. Like I said, they’re the best at footballing. That’s something. The conference has won other sports. Fantastic. Troll away. ND fans shouldn’t do it because, well, they’re only rooting for one team and it gets embarrassing to talk so much trash against an entire conference.

  45. mudhead123 says: Jan 24, 2013 7:00 AM

    Polynesians are by far the ugliest humans alive

  46. mountaineer50415 says: Jan 24, 2013 1:30 PM

    A guy calls himself mudhead and then talks about others being ugly!!!!!!!

  47. ralyruss says: Jan 25, 2013 1:49 PM

    Is KC’s program a hoax as well?

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