UPDATE: The New York Post is reporting that the female voice on the recordings is not Ronaiah's but his cousin Tino.This is according to one of his cousins who listened to the released voicemails.
"Tino is the girl that Manti has been talking to all these months. There is no doubt whatsoever that it’s Tino.”
The Manti Teo “dead girlfriend” controversy doesn’t look like it’s going to die down anytime soon, at least not until after the NFL Draft.
The star linebacker from Notre Dame recently sat down with Katie Couric for her talk show Katie to talk about the scandal and released three voicemails left by his “girlfriend” Lennay Kekua. We’ve all come to learn now that the voice behind Lennay was Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a guy, pretending to be Manti T’eo’s very jealous and emotional girlfriend.
The first voicemail left on Manti’s phone was before “Lennay” was to undergo chemotherapy for her leukemia. In the second voicemail, she’s crying because she believes Manti has a girl in the room with him and the final voicemail was left on September 11th, the day before she supposedly died from illness.
The voice on the message sounds a lot like a female’s voice which leads many to believe that Ronaiah may have doctored the calls to sound more feminine.
Listen (via TMZ):
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Sources told TMZ that Ronaiah “shut down emotionally at a very young age” and struggled for years trying to embrace his family and culture. He’s reportedly never had serious physical relationship and uses “a female persona online as a way to vent his feelings.” It’s also come out that he’s done this “girlfriend” hoax to many different players in college football but none like on the scale of Manti T’eo.
WOW. I’m floored by these voicemails just wow….
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