Manti Te'o wants the world to know that he DID lie his pants off, but not for very long, and that he's sorry and still the victim of a hoax.
We are waaaaaay less sympathetic now! We can't handle liars — he should have just come clean back in December when he figured it all out… not wait until Jan. 16th!!
He claims he felt he had no choice but to lie to the media and to the public after learning his online girlfriend, that died of leukemia and inspired him to win football games, actually did not exist.
“Katie, put yourself in my situation. I, my whole world told me that she died on September 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on September 12. Now I get a phone call on December 6, saying that she’s alive, and then I’m going be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?”
We would tell the truth, Manti. Now you how have to deal with things like this! LOLz!
Katie then asked how the parents felt about people calling Manti a liar (which he technically is) and that he manipulated the truth for personal gain. His dad said:
“People can speculate about what they think he is. I’ve known him 21 years of his life. And he’s not a liar. He’s a kid."
No, he's an adult. He DID lie. Also… kids can totally lie anyway. Ha!
To be honest, we're getting kinda bored with this story. What would REALLY kick it up a notch is if the creator of the hoax would come forward and tell us why all this happened!
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo — give us an interview!!