Te’o tweeted back and forth with Kekua/ Tuiasosopo for nearly a year before Tuiasosopo killed her off. The biggest question of all is whether or not Te’o was in on the hoax the entire time to gain sympathy or for the thrill of pulling off a major con. It is truly unbelievable that Te’o had never met his serious girlfriend that almost died in a car wreck but then did die of leukemia. It is equally as unbelievable that he went along with a major hoax like this and risked his reputation — and maybe his professional career. But how can he explain the fact that he said repeatedly in interviews that he talked to Lennay on the phone until she fell asleep, or that he had visited with her in Hawaii — or that he met her face-to-face in 2009? There are just too many lies for this to be an innocent “I got the wool pulled over my eyes and fell in love with a fake person on Twitter” story.
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