Manti Te'o: 'What would you do?'
January, 23, 2013
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
NEW YORK -- Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, in a TV interview with Katie Couric, reiterated that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax.
The interview, which airs Thursday on Couric's syndicated television show, put Te'o and his parents in front of television cameras for the first time. Portions of the interview were broadcast Wednesday on "Good Morning America."
In the portions released, Te'o told a story similar to the one he told in an off-camera interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap last week -- namely, that he believes his girlfriend Lennay Kekua had died of cancer in September, but he was confused by a Dec. 6 phone call in which she claimed to be alive.
Pressed by Couric to admit that he was in on the deception, Te'o said that he believed Kekua had died of cancer and that he didn't lie about it until December.
"Katie, put yourself in my situation. I, my whole world told me that she died on Sept. 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on Sept. 12," Te'o said.
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