During her interview of Manti Te'o, Katie Couric produced AT&T phone records which revealed more than 1,000 calls lasting over 500 hours between the former Notre Dame All-American and a number from the (661) area code that Te'o believed to be that of Lennay Kekua, his not-so-dead-not-so-real girlfriend. Of these calls - which took place between May 11th and September 12th (the day of her supposed death from leukemia) - 110 were over an hour in length.
We know that that the girl on the other end of the line was fake. The phone records appear to suggest that the calls were real. This begs the obvious question: who the hell was Manti Te'o talking to?
While the cat-fishing tale seems increasingly viable as more information has come out, the one part of Te'o's story that didn't add up were the phone calls. If Te'o truly co-authored the Lennay Kekua narrative as a publicity stunt, why would he feel the need to spend literally hundreds of hours on the phone with someone he knew didn't exist, while in private? On the other hand, if Te'o was simply the innocent victim of a vicious prank, who was the young woman on the other end of the line? What incentive would this girl have to engage in over 1,000 soul-bearing phone calls with somebody she was deliberately misleading. Wouldn't this number be excessive even to a superlative sociopath? I mean I don't know if I've ever swapped 1,000 calls with anyone, including my mother, during any single three month period. The sheer number of calls placed, not to mention the the length of their duration, seemed to poke holes in both of the prevailing theories.
Here's where an unbelievable new twist suddenly makes the hoax narrative incredibly more plausible. On Thursday, Milton Grimes, a lawyer for Ronaiah Tuiasosopo the alleged mastermind of the Te'o girlfriend hoax according to Deadspin.com, revealed to the New York Daily News that the voice that Te'o believed belonged to Lennay Kekua, the beautiful Stanford grad, actually was Tuiasosopo's disguised. The lawyer for Ronaiah Tuiasosopo told the Daily News that his client has had extensive voice training and was doing nothing more substantial than Hollywood actors playing out of gender do everyday. The former high school drama club president had even recently auditioned for "The Voice."
Manti Te'o was talking to a man???
Yes, I know what you're thinking... But come on! Te'o must have known he was talking to a bro instead of a ho, right? He can't possibly be that delusional, could he?
Wait til you hear these voice messages that Te'o supplied to Couric below. I've gotta admit, they'd have fooled me. Looks like Tuiasosopo's biggest mistake wasn't auditioning for "America's Got Talent" instead.
Manti's fake girlfriend checks in after her first fake chemotherapy session
Manti's fake girlfriend falsely accuses Manti of having another (presumably real) chick in his room
Manti's fake girlfriend gets fake released from the hospital the day before her fake death from cancer
While the voicemails seem to corroborate Te'o's version of the story there is still one major question to answer. How was Te'o able to produce these voicemails which are at least four months old?
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