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So Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Apparently Was Doing Lennay Kekua’s Voice After All And Oh Come On What The Hell We Give Up With This Crap
So Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was doing Lennay Kekua’s voice. But wait – no he wasn’t. But wait – he kept saying he was, but wouldn’t prove it. Sounds like someone with something to hide, right? Well… wrong, apparently. But with this story, who’s to say whatever we think isn’t about to be turned upside down?
Of the many scarcely-believable developments in the Manti Te’o/Ronaiah Tuiasosopo/Lennay Kekua story, perhaps the strangest was Tuiasosopo’s lawyer’s claim that his client voiced Lennay Kekua. Despite his own relatives saying otherwise, Tuiasosopo is sticking to his story – but given a chance to prove it today, he was less than enthusiastic to take advantage.
In a story full of twists and turns that only served to make the entire overarching issue even more bizarre, this one actually clears things up a bit. Well, kind of. Remember how Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s lawyer said he was the one voicing Lennay Kekua over the phone? Not so much, his relatives say.
In just about a half-hour at 3:00 p.m. today, Katie Couric’s interview with Manti Te’o will air on her ABC show “Katie.” This will be the first time Te’o has been seen on camera since the fake dead girlfriend hoax story broke. But as a teaser to that interview, Couric’s website, KatieCouric.com, has released the audio of three voicemails left by Lennay Kekua on Te’o's phone.
Just when you thought the Manti Te’o saga was finally settling down, it drops something new on you. You knew that the reported mastermind behind the Lennay Kekua hoax was Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, you knew that Te’o denied any involvement, and you knew that Tuiasosopo, according to people who knew him, had help pulling it off – like, for example, a female cousin providing Lennay Kekua’s voice. Wait, it was a woman providing Kekua’s voice… right?
Now that reports have surfaced indicating that the character “Lennay Kekua” has been used in catfish schemes before, people are coming out of the woodwork claiming to have been Kekua-ed. The latest comes by way of Tessi Tolutau, a Hawaii beauty pageant queen who says that Kekua messaged her on Facebook to discuss modeling.
Manti Te’o Interview With Katie Couric Will Air On Thursday, And Other Hoax Developments You Missed From The Weekend
According to ESPN’s Shelley Smith, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man whom Deadspin suspected to be the perpetrator of the entire Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax, did in fact admit to doing so to a “church friend” in early December. He also admitted that Te’o is an innocent victim.