WTF. Manti and Ronaiah spent 480 hours on the phone, according to records obtained by ESPN.
To be honest, they actually make a cute couple!
From Daily Beast:
That must’ve been some voice. The lawyer of Ronaiah Tuisosopo—the kid who’s been called the “mastermind” of the fake girlfriend hoax—said that his client posed as Manti Te’o’s girlfriend Lennay Kekua on the phone. How did he do that? He used a falsetto voice to fool Notre Dame’s linebacker. Despite speaking on the phone every night, Manti did not figure out that it was really a man on the other line. “Come on, Hollywood does it all the time,” the lawyer said. Tuiasosopo was the president of his high school’s drama club. Apparently none of this was a prank, but instead it was an attempt to establish “a communication with someone.”
It actually turned out that Lennay Kekua was created by Te’o acquaintance Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who apparently has a history of telling wild tales as well as vocal and dramatic training.
Tuiasosopo’s lawyer, Milton Grimes, told the Daily News that his client was behind late-night phone calls with Te’o. Grimes said that the football player “thought it was a female he was talking with” but “It was Ronaiah as Lennay.” Tuiasosopo had reportedly also targeted others to ensnare while posing as “Lennay Kekua,” but Te’o bought the scam bigtime.
Te’o has apologized as well, but portrayed himself as a victim. He claimed he lied to his family because he was embarrassed, “I knew that — I even knew that it was crazy that I was with somebody that I didn’t meet. And that alone, people find out that this girl who died I was so invested in, and I didn’t meet her as well.”
Tuiasosopo’s lawyer Grimes added, “This wasn’t a prank to make fun. It was establishing a communication with someone. … It was a person with a troubled existence trying to reach out and communicate and have a relationship…. “He’s torn by this. He didn’t mean for anyone to be hurt. Anything that he has done, he has apologized to those he could apologize to.”