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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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61 COMMENTS

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46.

HoTMZ    

What does the hug say? I don't get it...that topo liked him more? Maybe Manti was aware all eyes from fans are on him so he felt forced to break the hug prematurely...doesn't mean he wanted to!

605 days ago
47.

ROY    

SO WHAT IS TMZ'S PROBLEM WITH GAY PEOPLE?
LEAVE MANTI ALONE....SO WHAT IF HE IS GAY!!!

604 days ago
48.

Ai Kae    

NO1CURR!!!!! people are starving in 3rd world countries. put that as a top story dumb ass

604 days ago
49.

Sammie    

The Mormon sports world would call this 'Touch Football'.

604 days ago
50.

Anonymous Secret    

Wow that's so mean and then the embarrassment after. I'd be mad for a few days and then I'd laugh later. I'd need to remember all the personal conversation I had with the fake girl.

603 days ago
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