Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 1/25/13

We still don’t believe the claim from Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was the voice on the phone with Manti Te’o, like his attorney was claiming yesterday. While it is almost a certainty that Tuiasosopo was the mastermind behind this entire odd story, it is relatively clear that the voice we heard yesterday in the voicemails that Te’o gave to Katie Couric was a woman, and not a man disguising it. According to a family member of Tuiasosopo, the voice of “Lennay Kekua” was his cousin, Tino Tuiasosopo. According to a report by the NY Post on Friday, another cousins has confirmed that she is the woman that Te’o had been talking to the entire time. Per the Post: “Tino is the girl that Manti has been talking to all these months,” said a Tuiasosopo cousin. The revelation shoots down claims by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s attorney, Milton Grimes, that Ronaiah altered his masculine voice to play the part of the chirpy, flirty Kekua. Grimes did not respond to calls or e-mails for comment. One of Ronaiah’s relatives believes Grimes put out the story because the admitted hoaxer “is determined to take the rap.” Te’o is convinced that he indeed was speaking with a woman, [...]

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