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Katie Couric Gives Manti Te’o A Hard Time In First Televised Interview Since Catfish Scandal Broke

"Aren't we splitting hairs here, Manti?"
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Gotta say, props to Katie Couric for not messin’ around in her exclusive interview with Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o. Te’o had a much publicized sob story about losing both his grandmother and his girlfriend on the same day, but it was recently revealed on Deadspin that his girlfriend Lennay did not exist and her persona was concocted by an acquaitance of Manti’s. This called many of Manti’s previous statements about Lennay into question, including the fact that he claimed that they “met” after a game and that he had told his parents she had visited him in Hawaii. So when Manti tried to tell Katie that he hadn’t lied about Lennay, she didn’t let him get away with it.

I think it’s interesting and very telling that manti acknowledges that he “basked” in his “story” being inspirational, especially since he at the very least allowed – and, at the very worst, purposefully encouraged – the details of that relationship to be exaggerated.

And as for the rumor that Manti was in on the hoax and Lennay’s existence was concocted to cover up his true sexual orientation? Well, that’s just laughable, says Manti. Check out his response below:

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