Phone records provided by a source close to Manti Te’o support his claims of talking to someone he thought was Lennay Kekua for hundreds of hours, according to ESPN.com.
The source reportedly gave ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap documents of AT&T phone records from May 11 to Sept. 12. The phone records could not be independently confirmed, though the source insisted they are genuine.
The records show that in that four-month span — when Te’o has said he believed Lennay 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, which is part of Los Angeles County. The source told Schaap that Te’o believed the 661 phone number in question was Kekua’s.
Schaap reports 110 calls were more than 60 minutes in length including several that were several hundred minutes in length.
Te’o said talked to a person he believed to be Kekua on the phone “every single night” for long periods of time in an interview with Sports Illustrated in September 2012 and in an ESPN interview last Friday.