Manti Te'o: Yes, I Lied —Briefly
Explains his side of the story to Katie Couric
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2013 10:00 AM CST
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(Newser) – Manti Te'o admits to Katie Couric that yes, he did lie about supposed girlfriend Lennay Kekua—but only after discovering she didn't really exist. "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 ABC News interview taped yesterday. "Now I get a phone call on Dec. 6, saying that she's alive and then I'm going to be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?"

Te'o's parents also sat for the interview, which airs tomorrow, and his father insists the 21-year-old Notre Dame football star is not a liar, "he's a kid." Diane O'Meara, whose image was used as a stand-in for Kekua on Kekua's supposed Twitter account, also spoke to Couric. "I've never met Manti Te'o in my entire life. I've never spoke with him. I've never exchanged words with him," O'Meara said, adding that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo used her pictures without telling her. She and Tuiasosopo attended high school together, but were not close; she says he did call to apologize after the story broke. Click for more on the Te'o saga.

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Jan 24, 2013 8:34 AM CST
I don't understand how he can even convince a single person that he wasn't behind this entire hoax. He was "with" this girl for 4 years and apperently only ever spoke to her on the phone. How does that even make sense when the supposed person running the fake account was a male? Couric put him on tv, just like he wanted. And the factthathe can say people look up to him while the entirety of America basically thinks he's a lying scumbag. Hurray America.. Couric justhad the deepest pockets.
Jan 23, 2013 5:51 PM CST
Check his room, I'm sure there's a "real doll"l in there.
Jan 23, 2013 4:42 PM CST
He's a few bricks shy of a full load.