The Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o had no option than to admit in a TV interview with Katie Couric that for a moment there he lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn’t exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax.
In the interview Te’o told a story similar to the one he told in an off-camera interview the previous last week about how he believes his girlfriend Lennay Kekua had died of cancer in September, however he was confused by a Dec. 6 phone call in which she claimed to be alive.
In the interview Te’o admits that he was in on the deception and said believed Kekua had died of cancer and that he didn’t lie about it until December.
The 21 year-old player said he only learned of the hoax when he received a phone call in December from a woman saying she was Kekua.
At the Heisman Trophy presentation Dec. 8 in New York Te’o was asked what moment of his very public story of tragedy he would remember. The runner up said the same day that he hoped his grandmother, who died Sept. 12, and his girlfriend, who was reported to have died on the same day, were proud of him.
The college football player’s father came to his defense when Couric suggested that many people don’t believe Notre Dame player, suspecting that he used the situation for personal gain.
According to what YouWager has learned, phone records show that in a four-month span — when Te’o has said he believed Lennay Kekua to be in a Los Angeles hospital, recovering from an accident and being treated for cancer – the Irish made and received more than 1,000 calls totaling more than 500 hours in length from the same number in the 661 area code. The 661 area code covers Lancaster, which part of Los Angeles County. According to Te’o he believed the 661 phone number in question was Kekua’s.
Nevertheless, based on the records, it does not appear that Te’o was on the phone every single night for the entire night. However, the volume of calls and their duration is pretty huge.