Manti Te’o speaks out; voicemails from fake girlfriend released

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Katie Couric has released recordings of several voicemails left by a person pretending to be Lennay Kekua, the fictitious girlfriend of linebacker Manti Te’o. The voicemails were reportedly provided to Couric by Te’o.

According to a report by the New York Daily News, an attorney for the hoax’s alleged mastermind Ronaiah Tuiasosopo admitted that Tuiasosopo, a male, often spoke to Te’o over the phone while disguising his voice to be that of a female.

The voicemails below come from the SoundCloud account of, the website that first broke the Kekua story.

Te’o appeared on Couric’s talk show “Katie” Thursday afternoon, saying he did not lie about the hoax until last month, believing his girlfriend had died of cancer back in September. Sources say Te’o got a call in December from his supposed girlfriend that she had faked her death because she was afraid of drug dealers:

Here’s a clip from the interview:

Chicago Tribune contributed to this story

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