Posted January 30, 2013

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo says he fell deeply in love with Manti Te’o

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Ronaiah Tuiasosopo said that he fell deeply in love with Manti Te’o (J. Meric/Getty Images)

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man on the phone impersonating Lennay Kekua, said he fell deeply in love with Manti Te’o over the course of their relationship but maintains the widely disputed theory that Te’o was in no way involved in the hoax that was brought to light earlier in January.

According to an interview set to air on Thursday that Tuiasosopo did with Dr. Phil McGraw, better known as “Dr. Phil,” Teo and the woman he believed to be Lennay Kekua had broken up many times throughout the course of their relationship:

“There were many times when Manti and Lennay have broken up,” Tuiasosopo said, “but something would bring them back together, whether it was something going on in his life or Lennay’s life or in this case my life.”

In a January interview with Katie Couric, Te’o was asked if he is gay, to which he responded by saying, “No, far from it. Faaaaarrrr from it.” When Tuiasosopo was asked by McGraw the same question about himself in part one of the interview set to air on Thursday, Tuiasosopo gave a different answer:

“Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love,” McGraw told NBC. “I asked him straight up, ‘Was this a romantic relationship with you?’ And he says yes. I said, ‘Are you then therefore gay?’ And he said, ‘When you put it that way, yes.’ And then he caught himself and said ‘I am confused.’ “


30 comments
JoeKidd1992
JoeKidd1992

"Hey, guys I admit I told you a lot of lies before, but NOW I'm telling you the truth. Please, believe me!!"

 

The press: "Ok, Manti!"

JoeKidd1992
JoeKidd1992

Manti, why don't you tell that nice boy you love him? I love you with all-a my heart, if I don't see-a you again soon, I'm-a gonna die.

JoeyBagadoughnutz
JoeyBagadoughnutz

deer, can you hand me the buck scent please, i have a bike race next week ,

 

at the le tour de soy sauce in san fran

JoeKidd1992
JoeKidd1992

 @JoeyBagadoughnutz Wow, you're going to live and die by that story. It's going to be a sad day around your house when you realize nothing is coming from it.

slapshot18
slapshot18

Isn't anybody else bored with this cartoon show?

db3300
db3300 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I don't care if he's Richard Freaking Simmons.  If he gets 20 sacks a year and can cover the TE coming out of the backfield, I want my team to sign him.

JoeKidd1992
JoeKidd1992

 @db3300 He didn't even get 20 sacks his whole career at Notre Dame of 4 years.

Mike72
Mike72

 @db3300we already seen that against nfl type players he cant do crap.

 

Tigameat
Tigameat

 @db3300

 Better hope there's no pro team better than Bama!!  Oh, sorry, he was distracted!! 

HaiHo
HaiHo

This story is so gay...so are most reporters and executives that run the US media.  We are fed these stories everyday...not that there's anything wrong with it...just pointing out the facts...look...I am reading it and commenting it...lol....

 

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

Nothing like gay stalkers.....or blind gay love....a perfect story for the now SI/TMZ love-fest.

Cool
Cool

These two liars have been involved for a couple years and just forgot to mention that their real girlfriends were actually guys.   Too bad that now these two lovebirds really do have to break up.  

Anonymous_Source
Anonymous_Source

It's like the train wreck that just won't end. Long after the excitement of initial impact, it is still going and I am now sitting in a lawn chair with a glass of lemonade.

Igautt_Akleu
Igautt_Akleu

Manti Te'o is/was Tuiasosopo's boyfriend, and the people who still refuse to believe that are even more gullible than Manti supposedly is for believing all of the manufactured-after-the-fact "evidence", some of which is blatantly contradictory, specifically designed to keep you away from Manti's closet. All of these sympathetic media personalities telling you what to believe in the face of this farce are simply determined to protect Manti from being outed, which would be a media sin. Make no mistake - Manti Te'o is gay, and that should be OK. But it's not. At least not as far as the NFL is concerned. Millions of dollars are at stake here hinging on whether or not he's gay, hence the elaborate cover-up. Wake the **** up, people.

freighthogger
freighthogger

Ray Finkle = Ronaiah Tuiasosopo

Lois Einhorn = Lennay Kekua

Jim Carrey =  Manti Te'o

jacksonbliss
jacksonbliss like.author.displayName 1 Like

I'm sorry, but the "widely disputed theory" has become the opposite--a theory disputed only by the fringe/hater faction.  The evidence has become overwhelming that Teo was not part of this, but for haters, he's guilty by association or because he didn't hold a press conference the INSTANT he got a call on 6 December telling him that LK was still alive (which, ironically, Manti Teo thought was a hoax).  But let's not facts get in the way of this narrative:  Even though Ronaiah Tuiasosopo confessed to Dr. Phil and a friend from his LDS church about the hoax, even though he confessed to Manti Teo, even though he confessed to the woman whose picture he used, even though Ronaiah Tuiasosopo has done the same hoax to another person 2 years ago with the same picture, and even though Ronaiah Tuiasosopo lied in his try-out for "The Voice" about a tragic car accident, even though there are phone records, and even though Teo's parents talked to Ronaiah Tuiasosopo impersonating Lenny Kekua on the phone, by all means, let's continue to destroy the career of Manti Teo who should have known better/is dumb/gullible/deserves what he gets. 

donald5
donald5 like.author.displayName 1 Like

So it sounds like this Tuiasopop kid has spent a majority of his adult life lying to people... but now we are supposed to take him at his word.  Somehow I have a hard time believing a person who seems to be VERY GOOD at lying. 

sportssleuth
sportssleuth

Tuiasosopo did not say, “No, far from it. Faaaaarrrr from it" in an interview with Katie Couric. Manti Te'o said that. Also, who is still widely disputing that Te'o wasn't involved in the hoax? Seems most people realize that he wasn't, but that he might have embellished a love story he thought to be true. Awful summary here, SI. I expect better.  

EnoughWithFantasyLand
EnoughWithFantasyLand like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

What is there to be confused about? Non-gay-dudes do not have romantic thoughts about another dude. That is strictly a gay-dude attribute.