On Maxim’s website, Te’o’s fake girlfriend’s bio reads, “After Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend hoax of 2012, we think it might be nice to have an invisible girl of our own to love. Why not? She’s got a ton of great qualities, including looking awesome in a bikini.”
Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o visited with the Giants on Thursday night and Friday morning, according to multiple reports. Te’o, of course, was the victim of a “catfishing” hoax that took the sports world by storm in January.
The man who said he tricked Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o into falling for a fake woman he created online claims that the hoax had “everything to do” with escaping from real life because he had been molested as a child.
Tuiasosopo said he was the voice of Kekua but initially refused to recreate it when pressed by McGraw. He eventually agreed to do the voice behind a privacy screen, something McGraw promised to show during part two of the interview on Friday.
This was also the month that Lance Armstrong finally came clean about his years of doping to become a cycling champion. Also in sports and due, at least in part, to the cloud cast by performance-enhancing drugs, no one was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
Manti Te’o said that the feelings he had for what turned out to be a fake, online girlfriend were real, and he reiterated that he had nothing to do with the hoax.
The woman whose photo was used as the “face” of the Twitter account of Manti Te’o’s supposed girlfriend said the man allegedly behind the hoax confessed and apologized to her.
“(Tuiasosopo) told me that Manti was not involved at all, (that) he was a victim,” an unnamed woman said in a report. “The girlfriend was a lie, the accident was a lie, the leukemia was a lie. He was crying, he was literally crying.”