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Manti Te'o Scandal

RONAIAH SURFACES!!

1/20/2013 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0120_RONAIAH_video_2Ronaiah Tuiasosopo -- the man who allegedly spearheaded the hoax on Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o -- has finally come out of hiding ... surfacing at his family home in Palmdale, CA on Saturday evening ... TMZ has learned. 

Ronaiah was wearing a hoodie and tried to hide his face. He also didn't utter a single word when asked about his role in the hoax. 

Just 24 hours before Ronaiah appeared in public, Manti had told ESPN ... Ronaiah had reached out to him -- confessed to the prank -- and apologized.

According to Manti, Ronaiah was the person who created "Lennay Kekua" -- who Manti believed was a real person ... and "dated" ... even though they never met in person.

Of course, the whole thing was a hoax -- Lennay never really lived ... or died from cancer on September 11.

Manti claims he and Ronaiah were simply acquaintances -- and insists he was only a victim in the hoax and not a co-conspirator.

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16.

Sally    

The other man and woman who was involved with Ronaiah should also be exposed and all three should get bad press for a long time.

580 days ago
17.

Reg    

Wtf, TMZ, move on from this shyte, who is this person anyway?

580 days ago
18.

Kash511    

This isn't interesting

580 days ago
19.

SC Girl    

So, I wonder which one played Lennay in their relationship, Te'o or Tuiasosopo? Idiots.....

580 days ago
20.

BB not bb    

It is bad enough to try to defraud someone into paying money for hospital bills. Luckly he never gave out any financial information. Now these creeps want to meet him in person. This Ronaiah is a stalker. What is he looking for a punch in the face now so he can sue and get money that way?


Defrauding people for money is a crime. Somehow the victim is in trouble over it instead. This happens all the time on dating sites. There are many people who have even committed suicide when they found out the person they sent money to was a fake.


You can learn more about this by websercing N i g e rian dating scam. It is sad how many people are routinely fooled.

580 days ago
21.

Jay Singer    

No one, even TMZ, has realized that there was a semi famous football player with the same or similar name to Tuiasusopo. I wonder if that's of any relevance.

580 days ago
22.

steak man     

What a low life.

580 days ago
23.

Jenny Ryan    

This story isn't as crazy as it seems. I've been an online gamer since way back and I've seen people meet online and grow very attached to someone, sometimes even get married. When you think how busy this young man must be irl, an eRelationship doesn't seem so far-fetched. In hindsight or to the worldly does it seem weird? Of course!! But he doesn't seem like a streetwise guy. He's a kid that has done nothing but sports and school since he could talk. I'm just surprised the scammers aren't from the Phillipines, like most seem to be.

580 days ago
24.

Jennyfrenzy     

Boring *yawn*

580 days ago
25.

Gretel    

This whole fake girlfriend story is creepy and only semi-believable but if it is true that that other guy was the one in charge of this whole thing and that college football guy was really thinking this was a girl and typing cybersex with her that other guy could make a fortune selling the transcripts to vulture celeb sites like this. I would hate to see that but I would read ever word. Trainwreck. I still don't think this is all there is.

579 days ago
26.

EasilyHard    

Just a Joke, Quick what did the Fighting Irish say to the lying hawaian?

579 days ago
27.

Cran    

Geez TMZ is there no other news? We really aren't that interested in this poor man's mistakes.....do you have any reporter willing to get off his bum and actually get a real story about Hollywood folks? No you lie around eating chips and thinking you're cool.

579 days ago
28.

disembedded    

That's Ronaiah?? Nope, that's a Ronaiah HOAX!!

579 days ago
29.

Doug    

Hey Manti Nobody will trust you again, you are too stupid

579 days ago
30.

Ih8Taxes    

Good Lord, this just won't end! It's almost making me want to read about the Kardashians instead!

579 days ago
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