ESPN - The woman whose picture was used to create Manti Te’o‘s fake girlfriend has been identified, but the voice of the woman who had hours of late-night phone calls with the Notre Dame star linebacker has remained silent. Turns out that’s because it reportedly was a man. The lawyer for the man who has been identified as behind the hoax, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo,told the New York Daily News that his client disguised his voice and assumed the identity of Lennay Kekua to try to develop a relationship with Te’o.
Milton Grimes said that Te’o “thought it was a female he was talking with. It was Ronaiah as Lennay.” Grimes said that Tuiasosopo wasn’t trying to hurt Te’o. “This wasn’t a prank to make fun,” Grimes said, according to the newspaper. “It was establishing a communication with someone. … It was a person with a troubled existence trying to reach out and communicate and have a relationship.” Grimes wouldn’t characterize the type of relationship Tuiasosopo wanted with the Heisman Trophy runner-up.
The records show that in that four-month span — when Te’o has said he believed Kekua to be in a Los Angeles hospital recovering from an accident and being treated for cancer — Te’o made and received more than 1,000 calls totaling more than 500 hours in length from the same number in the 661 area code. The 661 area code covers Lancaster, Calif., which is part of Los Angeles County. The source told Schaap that Te’o believed the 661 phone number in question was Kekua’s.
Kekua is Tuiasosopo! Tuiasosopo is Kekua! Kekua is a man!
Welp that about does it for me and this whole Manti Te’o thing. Just gonna pack my shit up and walk out the door because it is 100% useless trying to follow along with this story anymore. Bottom line is Manti Te’o is a fucking NUTJOB who is socially retarded in the same way Corky from Life Goes On was actually retarded. It’s not like there’s just one or two screws loose in this dude’s brain. There’s a demolished construction site which has been detonated and destroyed millions of times over. I mean at this point I actually believe he thought he was talking to a chick. Kid is that fucking dumb. Also wouldn’t surprise me if he was wearing an Indiana Jones costume the whole time he was on the phone while Ronaiah Tuiasosopo dressed up as Short Round smearing lipstick all over his face. I mean sure, why not.
Basically this story has been continuously boiled down to the point where we have two concrete options. 1 – Te’o talked to a dude on the phone over 1,000 times and thought it was a chick the whole time. A chick he never met that also came back from the dead. Or 2 – He’s gay. Not exactly the pick of the litter when it comes to stories you want to tell the press, your fans, future employers and the entire planet. I mean at this stage in the game he should probably just come out of the closet. Even if he isn’t gay. Walk in some parades, go on Anderson Cooper, get an endorsement contract with Pink Berry, hit up a Nick Cannon concert and just ride that wave for a while. It’s basically the same thing as saying you talked to a dude on the phone thousands of times but instead of being considered the biggest fucking loser idiot on the planet, some fairies will think you’re a hero. Not like your story can get any weirder at this point.
PS – As tapped as Manti is in the head, how positively fucked is Ronaiah Tuiasosopo? Catfishing people is one thing. Pretending you’re a chick so you could talk to a football player is on a whole different planet.