Manti Te’o speaks to ESPN, denies involvement in hoax

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Manti Te’o continues to break his silence slowly following the revelation that his girlfriend story that caught the attention of a nation during the 2012 college football season was a hoax.

He still, however, has yet to speak in front of a camera or recorder.

After a denial in a statement on Wednesday shortly after broke the story on the non-existence of Lennay Kekua, Te’o talked to ESPN off camera to repeat his denials of involvement in the story.

With a lawyer present, Te’o spoke to ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap on the subject of the girlfriend and continue to reiterate that he was not involved in the story.

In a short transcript posted to the website, Te’o told Schaap: “When (people) hear the facts, they’ll know. They’ll know that there is no way that I could be part of this.”

In October it was revealed that Kekua, who was said to be Te’o’s girlfriend, died of Leukemia shortly after the linebacker’s grandmother had passed away. The story of their relationship was told many times during Notre Dame’s run to the 2012 BCS National Championship game and Te’o’s candidacy for the Heisman Trophy.


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