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Manti Te'o

Yeah I Lied

... But I Had To

1/18/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Manti Te'o is telling friends ... he knew the truth about Lennay Kekua in early December ... but continued the lie for 20 days for the sake of his team.

Sources connected to Te'o say ... it's true what ND Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick said Wednesday night, that Manti realized he had been hoaxed on Dec. 6, when he got a phone call from "Lennay" ... months after he thought she was dead.

But sources tell us ... Manti didn't tell his coaches about the hoax until Dec. 26 ... because he thought it would be a huge distraction while the team prepared to face Alabama in the BCS Championship.

During the 20 days, we're told Manti struggled over how to handle the situation ... but eventually felt compelled to come clean to his coaches.

Manti is currently training for the NFL combine -- and we're told he's getting a lot of support from the guys he's been training with.

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16.

linduh    

Either he is gay, bi-polar, or both.

609 days ago
17.

Gretel    

You know how someone just about anywhere, at least in the USA, can do something in what is considered total anonymity and can be discovered and outed. With a few educated clicks of his computer his girlfriend could be identified by her internet address. I'm sure venues would pay him majorly big bucks to be the entity that outed her too. Why hasn't anyone come forward? Why hasn't anyone discovered this woman? There are more people involved than just some anonymous woman. I think "Jan" knows a lot more than she's saying.

609 days ago
18.

Phishie from Philly    

This wouldn't of happened if he played baseball.
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Phishie from Philly

609 days ago
19.

Laura    

What a load of crap--he lied all along. In December, he found out all his lies were going to be made public. In one interview, he said his girlfriend's family helped him through her death...there was no family. He has lied from day one.

609 days ago
20.

TheTruthIs    

Seems that Manti Te'o is a naive kid. But, then again, he's Mormon. He's a Notre Dame guy. And he's a football player. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) The whole story will be out sooner than later. Bottom line here: Johnny Manziel has a real Heisman Trophy and a real - humma, humma!! - girlfriend. And Alabama has a real National Championship and a QB with ANOTHER real girlfriend. (Humma, humma!!) And JUST FOR THE RECORD: O.J. has a Heisman, killed his wife, has no girlfriend and is still in prison. (But not for killing his wife.) Sadly, NONE OF THIS has one damn thing to do with Lindsay Lohan!!!

609 days ago
21.

Moment of Clarity    

Most young, straight male star athletes have ZERO time to make up and maintain fake GF stories because they are too busy bangin' real chicks. It's 2013 - come out already!

609 days ago
22.

maleyea    

I hope someone is looking into what happened to money raised at fundraisers he had in her honor. Hopefully it all went to le ukemia and/or cancer research

608 days ago
23.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

The more I hear about this the creepier it gets. Do you remember the song "Imaginary Lover"? Imaginary lovers never turn you down when all the others turn you away they're around. It's my private pleasure, midnight fantasy ... Ewwww

608 days ago
24.

Elizabeth    

the guy is a lier, you could tell by looking at his eyes when he talked to the press.. That he was deceiving a whole lot of people; He is phoney and an embarassement to the football profession, as far as I am concerned!

608 days ago
25.

me    

I'm confused. I don't get this whole thing.

608 days ago
26.

anony    

More excuses. How come no one is ever looking into if Te'o EVER had a girlfriend in his life? A HUGE football star his whole life with NO girlfriend? Ever? Hmmmm......

608 days ago
27.

alan brickman    

Just come out already!

608 days ago
28.

Terry Bryson    

He is a boderline personality! He said he met this girl and exchanged phone numbers after the Stanford game...how did this happen if she doesn't exist? It is a disgrace that Notre Dame is supporting a liar. ND's wins agains Michigan and MSU should be taken away as officials were also duped to feel sorry for this liar. These are the same people that protected pedophile priests!

608 days ago
29.

Saints fan    

Why do you vultures even care? He didn't commit a crime, yet you've already got him tried and convicted. Get a life people, you weren't there so stop making up your own twisted conclusions.

608 days ago
30.

The Love Sponge    

He's probably gay and needs to cover himself. Does that make any sense?

608 days ago
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