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Tweets connect Ronaiah Tuiasosopo to Lennay Kekua hoax

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o had a fake girlfriend. The story by Deadspin published on Wednesday first asserted that, and Notre Dame confirmed it in a press conference later in the day.

At this point we know that Te’o lied in some capacity about the story. He either:

a) Was part of the hoax and lied for some twisted reason (Deadspin reports his motivation was to gain publicity)

or

b) Lied about how he met his girlfriend, maybe because he was embarrassed about it being an online relationship.

No matter which side you believe — that he was in on it or not — Te’o lied.

Late Wednesday night, Twitter user Justin Megahan dug up some tweets from a few Twitter users who connected a man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo to the Lennay Kekua fake identity.

Ronaiah TuiasosopoTuiasosopo (pictured), as his last name suggests, is part of the Tuiasosopo football family that includes former Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo and former NFL player Manu Tuiasosopo. Deadspin reported in its piece that Ronaiah has been using the Lennay Kekua fake identity to dupe people since at least 2008. Deadspin says he is 22, played high school football in Lancaster, Calif., and is currently involved in his family’s church. He has interacted with Te’o over Twitter, attended the USC-Notre Dame game with his family reportedly as guests of Te’o, and he and Te’o know each other, according to Deadspin.

Below are tweets from two separate Twitter users who link Tuiasosopo to a fabricated Kekua identity. The tweets come from someone named Terrence Dado Luapo (@Bamm90745) and JayR (@jayRahz).

It appears as if Luapo read the Deadspin story on Wednesday and realized that Tuiasosopo duped Te’o:

Luapo infers that Tuiasosopo’s motivation may have been to mess with Te’o for choosing Notre Dame over USC. Tuiasosopo’s father Titus, played for USC, and his cousin, Fred Matua, was also a Trojan.

Luapo continued to laugh about Tuiasosopo messing with Te’o, and he implies that Ronaiah might have a thing for naked men:

Tweets from @jayRahz outed Tuiasosopo as the mastermind behind the Lennay Kekua persona back in December 2012. Jay Rahz says Tuiasosopo was inspired by Catfish:

Rahz said on Wednesday night that they learned Tuiasosopo was posing as Kekua back in 2008:

What Rahz tweeting isn’t really new information; Deadspin reported the connection between Tuiasosopo and Kekua in its piece. Still, the tweets are a good visualization of what happened, and what may have led Deadspin to Tuiasosopo.

Until more information is revealed, it is still up to you to decide whether you believe what Manti and Notre Dame are insisting — that the linebacker was the victim of the hoax — or what Deadspin is reporting. I know I’m not buying what the former is selling. There are way too many holes in Te’o’s story, and I have an extraordinarily difficult time believing that someone who is smart enough to excel at linebacker and attend Notre Dame could also be the most naive man on the planet.

See all our stories on Manti Teo’s fake girlfriend



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  • SGMD1

    You’d be surprised what some people (who have yet to be jaded) will believe in order to find love. Some of the smartest guys I know become total nincompoops and totally disconnected with reality when a woman is involved.

  • jcthai

    We have a university professor here in NC who was duped into carrying drugs thinking he was going to South America to meet with beauty queen that he met online.  This Brown fellow obviously wants to stir this up into more than it really is.  Gets him readers.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/thirtydayshred Andre Walker

    What person can be duped in transporting drugs?
    How do you unknowingly transport drugs without having them planted on you?