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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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31.

Kàt    

TMZ you are now officially an online bully. Enough already. People have been driven to comitt suicide because of exactly what you are doing: 'bullying'. You had your fun, and now it's time to stop please.

581 days ago
32.

germs    

4 second hug with pat on back is awkward?

581 days ago
33.

JesusSaves    

If hugging too long is wrong, I don't wanna be right.

581 days ago
34.

Violent Pope    

What a knob.

581 days ago
35.

DeeMaree    

I am so done with this fvcking story. But I had to say, if someone had pulled this on me--still can't believe he fell for it but what the hell ever--I would NOT be hugging him, I would be putting him on his ass.

581 days ago
36.

DustyK    

Don't forget about Manti's interview with Katie Couric today! 3:00, 2:00 central, probably on your local ABC station...

581 days ago
37.

Bossy Potato    

This doesn't make sense at all. There are still lies being thrown around here. Tmz, why aren't you telling us?

581 days ago
38.

Tito1841    

¡PATHETIC!

581 days ago
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581 days ago
40.

Scott    

"Lover's in a dangerous time...."

Peace

581 days ago
41.

vanessa    

you guys are really holding on TIGHT to this story. Move on already TMZ!

581 days ago
42.

BEEJ    

Not a hug, that's an embrace. They're lovers.

581 days ago
43.

saycuz    

Ronaiah now that is a gay name so you a liar to ***** you play football like bitch as well and you in the NFL team you play on must be a gay team bring to ass to los angles my ***** you would feel right at home in West Hollywood ***got

581 days ago
44.

trini_angel    

This Manti Te'o story is soooo played out. Its like TMZ has ran out of stories to make up so they keep beating this dead horse. Enough already!!!

581 days ago
45.

saycuz    

Manti liar o go home the NFL dose not need another Mormon liar

581 days ago
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