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Manti Te'o & Ronaiah Tuiasosopo

Most Awkward Hug

In the Universe

1/24/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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TMZ has obtained footage showing Manti Te'o hugging Ronaiah Tuiasosopo -- the man who allegedly masterminded the fake girlfriend hoax on the Notre Dame football star -- and it's pretty obvious from the tape ... Ronaiah wanted to hug Manti A LOT more than Manti wanted to hug him.

The video was shot in L.A. back in November on the same night Notre Dame played USC -- before the hoax was exposed -- and it offers a pretty fascinating glimpse into Manti and Ronaiah's relationship before this whole thing blew up.

In the footage, you can see the two were having a conversation before they each go in for a hug at the same time. But when Manti gives Ronaiah the "it's time to let go" pat on the back, Ronny continues to hold the squeeze.

Manti recently told ESPN ... he knew of Ronaiah during the hoax because his imaginary GF "Lennay Kekua" told him Ronaiah was her "favorite cousin." Manti said he had never seen Ronaiah in person before the USC game.

FYI -- The USC vs. ND game was the same day Ronaiah allegedly duped a Notre Dame superfan into meeting Lennay's fake sister U'ilani at the Tommy Trojan statue near the stadium. When the fan arrived, U'ilani wasn't there ... but Ronaiah sure was.  
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Manti says Ronaiah reached out to him in the wake of the scandal to confess to the hoax ... and apologized.

But really ... the hug says it all.

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16.

rudynjudyjudy    

ships shink WTF let it happen

548 days ago
17.

Mikey    

Lovers?

548 days ago
18.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

Just when you start to think the guy is a moron and it might have been possible, the story now is that that other guy with the unpronounceable name was the voice of "the girl." Norte Dame indeed.

548 days ago
19.

pat    

I'm pretty sure this has been asked in the dozens of stories on this guy TMZ has posted


but


Why don't you do imaginary stories on this idiot?

548 days ago
20.

MsRobbin_Hoods    

This story should have stayed on the Notre Dame campus ..why it's reached to this level...I have no ideas

548 days ago
21.

wtf.ever    

Where is the awkwardness exactly? This story is non-relevent...next.

548 days ago
22.

kronenburg    

Come on, TMZ. There was nothing awkward about this. You're really milking this story long after the cow's run dry. I thin it's funny you're spending all your time on this non-story and ignoring the bombshell story about Robert Kardashian's journals that paint Kris Jenner as an adulterer who abused, then abandoned her children. How come you're not running that story, TMZ? How much is Kris paying you to keep quiet?

548 days ago
23.

WhatsUrDefinition of crazy    

What do u expect ... From pole puffers ... Come outta the closet already Geeze...

548 days ago
24.

dude    

Are you doing this to annoy us!!!

548 days ago
25.

dathan    

Fake girlfriend.......real boyfriend.....

548 days ago
26.

Della    

What are you talking about TMZ? It looked like they both hugged for the same amount of time and intensity. Guess you can put a spin on just about anything if you want to :/

548 days ago
27.

kingcarl    

Ok...... leave the kid alone, nobody's perfect, he made a mistake by not coming out the closet.

548 days ago
28.

kingcarl    

Leave the kid alone, he made a mistake by not coming out the closet

548 days ago
29.

OH NO!    

**** YOU TMZ> THIS STORY IS BULL****> NO ONE CARES> DROP IT ALREADY!!!!!!

548 days ago
30.

Who the Hell is Khloe    

Umm...why isn't tmz reporting on the rumors Ellen kardashian is saying?

548 days ago
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