Katie Couric to Manti Te’o: Is this a gay thing?

posted at 6:51 pm on January 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, she’s not coming at this out of the blue. TMZ posted a story this morning accusing alleged hoaxster Ronaiah Tuiasosopo of having, ahem, “intense feelings” for Te’o and of “channeling” those feelings through the female persona of “Lennay Kekua.” How far did the channeling go? Pretty far:

Hoax mastermind Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, posing as the mysterious Lennay Kekua, was the falsetto voice on the other end of the all-night phone calls with the Notre Dame star, the scammer’s lawyer said.

The Heisman Trophy finalist “thought it was a female he was talking with,” lawyer Milton Grimes acknowledged to the Daily News. “It was Ronaiah as Lennay.”…

“Come on, Hollywood does it all the time,” Grimes said Wednesday. “People can do that.”

Tuiasosopo’s résumé includes vocal and dramatic training. He was president of his high school drama club, performs with a Christian band and auditioned last year for the TV talent show “The Voice.”

Kind of strange that Tuiasosopo’s own lawyer is so upfront about how he misled Te’o, no? Also strange: He supposedly had two accomplices, one of whom was a woman — and yet it’s Tuiasosopo himself who provided “Lennay’s” voice. (You can listen to audio of the voicemails from “Lennay” below, via the Daily Caller.) In order to prove that he was legitimately duped, a “source close to Te’o” also released spreadsheets today to ESPN purporting to show records of the many, many late-night phone chats between Te’o and “Lennay.” Why spreadsheets of the records instead of the actual records themselves? I … don’t know.

And yet, there are still reasons to believe Te’o wasn’t in on this. For one thing, the gay theory makes no sense. If he needed a fake girlfriend to obscure his orientation, he could find one on campus. There must be hundreds of girls in South Bend willing to date the Irish’s star player. And Te’o is reportedly devoutly religious so he’d have the perfect excuse for keeping things platonic. In fact, he has dated women on campus and his latest GF says she absolutely believes that he was duped. The idea of him inventing a tragic romance to burnish his narrative before the Heisman vote makes some sense; the idea of him inventing a girl he never met or even saw to somehow disguise the fact that he’s gay, knowing that there was a risk the whole thing would be found out, really doesn’t.

Beyond that, follow the link to the ESPN story above and scroll down to the photo of Diane O’Meara, the woman whose image Tuiasosopo allegedy used as the face of “Lennay.” The same image, partially obscured, appeared in Deadspin’s original blockbuster story about Te’o. According to O’Meara, Tuiasosopo asked her to take the photo in December as a morale booster for his cousin, who’d been in a car accident. That was, of course, just his cover story; per ESPN, after “Lennay” called Te’o on December 6 to tell him she wasn’t really dead, Te’o asked for a dated photo of her to prove she was alive. That’s probably what spurred Tuiasosopo to ask O’Meara for the pic. (If that’s confusing to you, read this Smoking Gun post from last week, which explains it more clearly.) Simply put, if Te’o was in on this hoax all along, why does that photo of O’Meara dated December 21, 2012 exist? Why would Te’o and Tuiasosopo need it? It makes more sense to believe that Tuiasosopo provided it as proof to Te’o that “Lennay” was a real person and alive than that they cooked up a whole new unnecessary subplot together about “Lennay” trying to win Te’o back after revealing that she never died in the first place.

I need a drink.

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Mimzey on January 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

It can easily be both.

Flange on January 24, 2013 at 8:37 PM

There isn’t much that can be done about the serious stuff.

sharrukin on January 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM

I disagree :).
People could have done something about the specifics of what this country is being attacked by now if they would have gotten off their asses and voted Obama out of office. Ham sandwich??..better than Obama. Zombie Reagan?..way better than Obama.

Mimzey on January 24, 2013 at 8:37 PM

It can easily be both.

Flange on January 24, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Thats true.
But maybe only one is factually accurate.

Mimzey on January 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Had Katie put this much effort into covering the Benghazi clusterfcuk, the left would have labeled her a racist.

Syd B. on January 24, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Mimzey on January 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM

The way I see it working is it’s a two prong attack. The main concern for them is to create distractions, like you were saying. So they throw a bunch of stories out there to see which ones grow legs. Usually these stories are such that they can also push part of their agenda. If it works great, run with it, if not, drop it and move on.

Flange on January 24, 2013 at 8:54 PM

So what if it is a gay thing? Why do these creepy freaks care? Katie and the rest of her ilk in the media need to get a life already. Leave the kid alone!

NoLeftTurn on January 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM

There are 3 options. Either he is a lunatic, is gay, or an idiot. There is only 1 of those that wouldn’t affect negatively his prospects in the NFL. That is why he is doing everything he can to make himself just look like he is a massive idiot. The NFL welcomes idiots with open arms.

thphilli on January 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

We are a country of idiots really. This story is the only thing in the news worth reading. The rest is just documenting the complete moral collapse of our culture and the ruin of the best government mankind ever had. Past tense.

More court jesters please. The truth is too depressing.

petunia on January 25, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Speaking as someone who doesn’t follow Florida politics at all and knows zip about Scott except that his approval rating is chronically poor, what is it you’d like me to blog about?

Allahpundit on January 24, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Why do you know zip about Rick Scott Allahpundit? Why do you follow politics in other states, but not Florida? He has done numerous super conservative and courageous things, yet you know nothing about those things? I guess its how you get your news that may be the problem.

As for you and the other poster who wondered why Scott’s ratings are poor, I believe it is largely because of constant and relentless negative local news coverage. Three straight years of negativity. I have never seen anything like it on a local level. Think Palinesque. The local news in comparison absolutely loves Jeb. On the other hand I can not recall one single positive story about Scott ever. Never. Maybe that and not enough positive coverage from conservative sites is what has his ratings low.

Just think we should hear more about conservative Governors like Rick Scott and their achievments and what they have to say.

KMav on January 25, 2013 at 2:42 AM

what is it you’d like me to blog about?

Allahpundit on January 24, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Allahpundit asked me what I would like to see blogged about in connection with Governor Rick Scott of Florida. How bout the most important issue in the nation according to many……Unemployment.

Florida was ranked 49th out of 50 states[plus DC] in unemployment when Scott took office as of the end of 2010. Florida had an unemployment rate of 12.0%. Exactly two years later at the end of December 2012, Florida’s unemployment rate had dropped to 8.0%. Thats exactly a 4.0% drop. Which ranked him second in the nation at improving his states unemployment rate to Nevada’s Brian Sandoval. However, Nevada still ranks 50th nationally in unemployment where as Florida has jumped up to 35th. Here is the national numbers in improvement in unemployment over the last two years……

South Carolina—2.3

Interestingly, in the top 10 are 8 Republican Governors. Whats more, of the 50 states plus DC, guess which state comes in DEAD LAST! New Jersey at -0.5. The only state that was negative in lowering unemployment. By far the worst numbers. Funny how nobody in the media talks about that. Chrities New Jersey numbers have nothing to do with the hurricane either. They were awful and just as bad the couple of months before the hurricane.

There are lots of ways to talk about the good work that conservative Governors are doing. Hopefully we see some stuff like this. I even think a few months ago somebody wrote something similar on a conservative blog. Don’t recall where however.

KMav on January 25, 2013 at 3:58 AM

Here is where I got the above numbers……..


KMav on January 25, 2013 at 4:04 AM

Added to this one here since it was more up to date and compiled…..


KMav on January 25, 2013 at 4:10 AM


georgeofthedesert on January 25, 2013 at 10:07 PM

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