ESPN: Woman Has Come Forward About A “Confession” From Tuiasosopo In Early December

More and more information is coming to light about alleged mastermind Ronaiah Tuiasosopo and his role in the Manti Te’o “catfish” hoax. ESPN’s Shelley Smith just reported on SportsCenter that an anonymous woman and friend of Tuiasosopo has come forward with a story of him “confessing” that he and his cousins orchestrated the entire hoax.

From ESPN:

“He (Ronaiah) told me that Manti was not involved at all, he was a victim. … The girlfriend was a lie, the accident was a lie, the leukemia was a lie,” said the woman. “He was crying, he was literally crying, he’s like ‘I know, I know what I have to do.’

“It’s not only Manti, but he was telling me that it’s a lot of other people they had done this to.”

The woman is supposedly a “church friend” of Tuiasosopo. 

Of course, it’s hard to know what to believe at this point. But with Deadspin’s original findings on Tuiasosopo, the tweets from two Twitter accounts in early December that put the blame on Tuiasosopo, Manti’s uncle’s radio call yesterday, and now this woman’s account of a confession, it’s definitely starting to become clear that he had a role in something here. And with nobody able to find this supposed “mastermind”, speculation will continue to grow on his involvement.

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