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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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46.

bjay    

Who cares. Leave the dummies alone.

611 days ago
47.

dathan    

Pure and simple, time to " Out " Manti..that is the real story here...

611 days ago
48.

Laura    

Even a fumb ducker like Manti had to wonder why there was no funeral. Instead, in interviews, he told people that his girlfriend's family helped him through her death. So why doesn't he present them, to help explain the hoax...er story? If they were part of the hoax, why doesn't he expose them for what they did? He needs to stop lying.

611 days ago
49.

Minnetonka40    

Dude is paying that guy off to take the fall

611 days ago
50.

Tuna212    

My son played college ball and new a few guys on N.D.They were older and wiser when Manti came into N.D. program.They thought he was a little "strange",but attributed that to his upbringing.Now,those guys are hears from Manti's team mates that they believe he is most likely gay.They also believe he used this story to garnish sympathy for Heisman,publicity for NFL and to counter rumor of his sexuality.NFL wants talent,this did not hurt him,but his crappy play against 'Bama did.Now,for sure,NFL players will really get into his head.They are ruthless in locker room and on field.Some one better watch this kid doesn't try to off himself,if one more thing goes wrong in his life.

611 days ago
51.

William j    

Way to scam a fellow Samoan this kid must be a real worm!!

611 days ago
52.

goodnight360    

way to screw a kid and mess up his career before it even starts.

611 days ago
53.

Coolbreeze72    

This guy needs to get a job and find a psychiatrist!

611 days ago
54.

Coolbreeze72    

This Ronaiah guy needs to get a job and find a psychiatrist and Manti Te'o needs to rejoin the land of the living...Next please...Thank you!

611 days ago
55.

juz sayn    

To all the people who are critiquing the news sources for 'writing this crap' I'm just curious as to why you waste your time and read it? It obviously captures your interest or why else would you are the time to COMMENT on it.? I'm going to consider Manti innocent and this Tuiasosopo guilty until Tuiasosopo gets some nerve to tell 'his side' of the story. Someone isn't telling the truth.

611 days ago
56.

TPF    

With all that's messed up in this Country and this bimbo Couric thinks this is important. Will this story help employ someone, help the healthcare problem, start the economy again. Come on now, this is pure C R A P, and that's why they have this has been Couric on it. It's irrelevant to anything.

611 days ago
57.

dd    

Geez leave him alone it's not like he killed someone.

611 days ago
58.

hunter    

That explains why he needed to be entertained by the ruse. He lives in Palmdale.

611 days ago
59.

Throwback kid    

Is Ronaihah Tuiasosopa some kind of disgruntled football groupie? Did he ever actyally attend USC as a student? He seems obsessed with hanging around the USC campus and having his picture taken with football players? I know he comes from a football family but he never meaured up to them,he was just a high school QB. Could it be he is angry that he never made it in football and decided to take down a big shot like Teo out of pure spite?

611 days ago
60.

Lucy    

Finally comes out of hiding? Surfaces at his family home?
TMZ Stalkers.

611 days ago
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