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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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31.

lol    

This stroy has got to be the most stupid sh** ever.

455 days ago
32.

BB not bb    

I must have missed something. Why is this anyone else's business to judge him? What would the football league care? He was victimized. People are victimized all the time. Old people give away money all the time to people they talked to once on the phone. They think it is their grandkid or that they need a new roof or won money but have to provice their account info to get it.


It is easy to be scammed. We are all scammed every day in one way or another.

455 days ago
33.

Truth    

DUDE LOOKS LIKE RAY J IN A HOODIE. TRUTH IS... HARVEY IS GAY AND HE KNOWS SOME SH*T IS UP WITH THESE 2 GAY GAL PALS. THAT'S WHY HE CANT LET GO OF THESE *ASS*ININE POSTS. #TRUTH!!

455 days ago
34.

Rocco    

Find a real photo of the guy, and plaster it on your front page. He deserves some notoriety for being a pretty big tooshbague

455 days ago
35.

Peaches    

Everyone needs to leave this young man to deal with this issue on his own. How many of you would want to be humiliated on this scale? What does judging this man do? It will push him to his breaking point. Luckily, with pressure of the media, he hasn't buckled. He lied just like millions of other Americans do to try to save face. If anyone actually listened to his ESPN interview he is remorseful. He admitted it got out of control. This is just a media blown up version of everyone that tries online dating and gets duped. The focus should be on the fraud schemers of online dating. I wish this young man peace and luck with his NFL draft. He has been a lifelong gifted athlete and that is the from perseverance and when the media allows this to go away he can work on repairing the relationships that were strained.

455 days ago
36.

Dale    

I have started skipping all these stories, people get scammed online every day. The real victims are the elderly who lose their savings to scammers. This is nothing and I don't care like the trash media is telling me to.

455 days ago
37.

Whodis    

Manti Te'o is a LIAR.
If this was done to him, with himself as a victim -then he'd be wanting to press charges against the other guy. He wouldn't be so ambivalent.

455 days ago
38.

Dennis Johnson    

I agree this story SUCKS and is BS and we should move on and talk about the 49ers losing to Falcons 41 to 24.GO FALCONS!F--K the 49ers!

455 days ago
39.

BB not bb    

If you go to any of the dating sites, like match.com, you are going to meet fakes. You can tell they are fake when they start saying they love you for no reason and then don't even want to talk to you on the phone or meet somewhere. It think it is very cruel to do this to someone. Apparently people do this not even just to get money but just for their own perversion.


This is a crime. This is sexual harassment. People get very depressed when they find out the truth, and they waste alot of their life for as long as they keep falling for the lie.

455 days ago
40.

Karla    

I don't care...........I am sick of this everywhere you turn

455 days ago
41.

Nonsense    

Done!

455 days ago
42.

kitnplayn    

Who phucking cares. One American, is a heartless con, and the other American, is stupid as a picket fence.

455 days ago
43.

odiausa    

Can you write an article without using the phrase "reached out"? I know this puke-inducing term is now part of the corporate lexicon, but I read a story here the other day and it was used no less than 523 times in two paragraphs.

455 days ago
44.

Poopsi47    

Thankgod

455 days ago
45.

CriticXtreme    

He's doing what everyone with Hollyweird eyes and dreams will do. His hoax or lie (for which what it really is) will only viable when Notre Dame has major loses. And with the government sponsored short attention spans, many of you will forget all about this in 3-2-1......

455 days ago
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