Slowly but surely Manti Te’o continues to become vindicated. The man who says he was the mastermind behind the Lennay Kekua hoax perpetrated on Te’o told Dr. Phil McGraw that he fell in love with the former Notre Dame linebacker.
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo made his first public comments on “The Dr. Phil Show” on Thursday in the first of a two-part interview. The interview took place in a one-on-one setting in McGraw’s own home.
McGraw began the interview by first confirming Tuiasosopo’s identity and then by asking the 22-year-old Californian if he began the relationship to either try to obtain money or to try to gain some sort of personal or professional advantage for himself.
“No, never,” Tuiasosopo replied. “If you look over any interview that Manti ever released and whenever you reflect on Lennay, he said nothing but things about how her heart and her character had had a major impact on him. Thought it was deceptive, it was a lot of positive that came out of it.”
“I didn’t ask him for anything,” he continued. “I didn’t ask him for money, I didn’t even ask not even for any autograph. Nothing. I didn’t ask for anything. I never wanted anything.”