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Manti Te'o reveals person he says created hoax

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o tells ESPN that the person who created the fake online girlfriend has apologized to him for the hoax.

In an off-camera interview with ESPN, Te'o said Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a 22-year-old who lives in California, contacted him two days ago and confessed to the prank. Deadspin.com first exposed the hoax on Wednesday and indicated Tuiasosopo's involvement.

Te'o said he first met Tuiasosopo in person after the Southern California game in November.

Te'o insisted he was never involved in creating the dead girlfriend hoax, but that he lied to his father about meeting the woman called Lennay Kekua face-to-face.

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