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Manti Te'o to Katie Couric

I Lied

But You'd Do the Same!

1/23/2013 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF



ANYONE in Manti Te'o's situation would have done the same thing he did -- and would lie to the media to protect their reputation after being hoaxed ... at least that's what Manti said to Katie Couric.

ABC is finally releasing clips of the big sit-down interview he did for Katie's new talk show -- in which the Notre Dame football star says he perpetuated the lie after he found out he was duped because he didn't know how else to act.

He then asks Katie ... "What would you do?" ... as if there was no other option.

On a related note, ABC is rolling out the interview in bits and pieces ... making it seem as if the interview was a big get for ABC News -- but the fact of the matter is the Manti booking was a score for Katie's talk show ... and a good one at that.

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1.

steak man     

Enough! Enough! Old news let's move on!

617 days ago
2.

Truth    

WUT A TOTAL WUSSIE!! DUDE IS GAAAY... JUST COME OUT ALREADY. HE'S NEVER GONNA MAKE IT IN THE NFL. ONE SLAM DUNK BY AN OPPOSING PLAYER AND HE'S DONE. JUST GET A WEIGHT WATCHERS DEAL AND LOSE 50 LBS. POINT BLANK! #TRUTH!!

617 days ago
3.

Mikey    

Explain this to me like I'm a four year old Manti Te'o's, a women you never met was your girlfriend?

617 days ago
4.

Tim    

I'd like to give Katie a large helping of Man Gravy.

617 days ago
5.

Superior Lifeform    

Either way, he's ruined himself.

617 days ago
6.

tmzfan    

Nobody really knows what they would do until they are in that position. With that being said... DROP IT! How many times can you beat a dead horse???

617 days ago
7.

lmhilly1971    

This is why you don't tell anybody your PERSONAL business!! This guy should just STFU already!!

617 days ago
8.

Fuck Celebrities    

He went from gullible to utterly batsh*t crazy.

617 days ago
9.

deanne    

He was Embarrassed. I agree that most would have lied in that situation to avoid humiliation.

617 days ago
10.

tgrfan42069    

espn has already interviewed him.who cares

617 days ago
11.

ts    

None of us would get duped for 3 years by multiple people pretending to be your girlfriend.

617 days ago
12.

rey    

Who cares?

617 days ago
13.

Mystery Guest    

Why is this getting so much press time? Boring! Give the guy a break.

617 days ago
14.

Toilethead    

No, most people would not lie. He has a serious character flaw.

617 days ago
15.

Laura    

What would I do? I would tell the truth. He milked this girlfriend's "death" in the media, told them her family helped him through her "death", blah, blah, blah--let the crowds at the games show their support by wearing "leas" to games, talked about how much he hates cancer to the media...he way more than lied. He's probably gay and the whole pretend "girlfriend" worked well for him. I think he has some serious mental issues to work through.

617 days ago
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