Manti Te’o sat down with Jeremy Schapp of ESPN Friday night to clear up the details surrounding Deadspin’s report that the story of his dead girlfriend Lennay Kekua was a hoax. Instead the interview left us with many more questions.
For starters, Te’o says that even after the Deadspin story was released, he says he “didn’t know for sure” that Lennay Kekua was fake until Wednesday when he supposedly got a call from Ronaiah Tuiasosopo admitting the hoax. Which completely contradicts Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick’s assertion that Te’o came to the university officials about the hoax on December 26, 2012.
Then, there’s the way Tuiasosopo supposedly admitted the hoax to Te’o. Schapp was told that it was through a direct message on Twitter, a message Schapp claims to have seen. But Deadspin points out that Tuiasosopo deleted his account “weeks ago” and Te’o was never following Tuiasosopo so a direct message wasn’t possible.
Also according to Deadspin, ESPN “updated” a portion of their