Originally written on Diehardsport  |  Last updated 1/19/13
Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o spoke for the first time since the hoax was made public on Friday night.  Te’o spoke for 2.5 hours with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap and Schaap said that he answered every question that he posed to him.  When Te’o was asked if he was ever involved in the hoax he said “No, never.”Manti Te’o tells @jeremyschaap: “I kind of tailored my stories to have people think that yeah, (I) met her before she passed away”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 19, 2013Te’o told Schaap that he fabricated his relationship because he was embarrassed for having a girlfriend that he had never met before.ESPN also reports that:• He lied to his father about having met Kekua, prompting his father to tell reporters that the two had met. Several media stories indicated that he and Kekua had met. Te’o insisted they never did.• He tried to speak with Kekua via Skype and Facetime on several occasions, but the person at the other end of the line was in what he called a “bla
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