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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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1.

Erika    

Who gives a **** about this dude !!!!

533 days ago
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viewer101    

so much nonsense

533 days ago
3.

thestupid    

ENOUGH of this sh*t "story"
The story wasnt that interesting in the FIRST place! Idiot gets tricked by an assh*le. Got it!

533 days ago
4.

campy    

He got turned homo.

533 days ago
5.

Phreaky    

Can we let this go now, please? I am so sick of seeing this guy's name in the media I could scream.

533 days ago
6.

Truth    

NO 1 CURR!!!!!!!!!!! #TRUTH!!

533 days ago
7.

just because    

mexican mafia

533 days ago
8.

KanyeWest    

Boring

533 days ago
9.

who dat    

You gotta know Manti Te'o was fappin on the phone with the other guy, thinking it was a girl. This is too funny.

533 days ago
10.

braintrain    

Something relevant please

533 days ago
11.

SoManyIdiots    

Kinda awkward, yeah. No way it's the "most awkward in universe". TMZ probably paid a nice chunk of change for this video and is over-hyping it.

533 days ago
12.

ashley    

Enough already! I'm trying to feel sympathetic towards the guy, but I've had more than enough of him! I do put a lot of blame on the media, especially TMZ for running this story into the ground & beyond! Put his azz on Cat Fish (or whatever the name is) and call it a wrap!

532 days ago
13.

JusticeINC    

Too many people were around, he was afraid to hug his lover back.

532 days ago
14.

Chase    

Rona is obviously gay, and this was his way of being in a "relationship" w/Manti. You KNOW that's what this was. Now, what kind of good-looking, superstar college football player (who is OBVIOUSLY going pro) is in "love" and has a "committed" relationship w/a woman from the internet that he has never even met? Give me a break. He's gay too, but he ain't about to admit it because he's just beginning his pro career.

532 days ago
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rudynjudyjudy    

WTF ever happened to real news WTF is hollywood dumbing it down is a war coming? is ron howard really gay as a hollywood disney rono howard movie

532 days ago
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