Originally written January 17, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:
As if the Manti Te’o fake girlfriend situation wasn’t bizarre enough already, Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Mauia added more confusion to the mystery on Wednesday night. Te’o and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick say the star linebacker was the victim of an elaborate hoax, and that he had an online and telephonic relationship with a woman that never actually existed. Mauia, on the other hand, says that Lennay Kekua did exist. In fact, he says he met her. “This was before her and Manti,” Mauia told ESPN.com, explaining that he met Kekua when he and other Polynesian teammates went to do charity work in American Samoa in June 2011. “I don’t think Manti was even in the picture, but she and I became good friends. We would talk off and on, just checking up on each other kind of thing. I am close to her family. When she was going through the loss of her father, I was — I offered a comforting shoulder and just someone to bounce her emotions off. That was just f...
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