Two Men Joked About Manti Te’o’s Girlfriend Being Fake a Month Ago On Twitter [Details]

Rucuss staffJanuary 17, 2013

Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o was duped.

Well, that’s what he claims. Te’o, who led the Fighting Irish to the BCS championship game this year and finished second for the Heisman Trophy, said in a statement Wednesday that he fell in love with a girl online who turned out not to be real.

In one of the most bizarre stories to date, Notre Dame’s athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the woman who Te’o had been in a relationship with for three years and reportedly died from leukemia during the 2012 football season was a hoax. The school investigated since Te’o approached officials on December 26 and said he believed he had been tricked.

Te’o and Swarbrick said the Notre Dame star was the victim of an elaborate scheme in which he fell for an imaginary girlfriend named Lennay Kekua. But if so, he still has a lot of explaining to do.

There are plenty of questions that need to be answered. For starters, why did his father tell reporters that Te’o and his fake girlfriend met at a game when Notre Dame confirmed that their relationship was strictly online and by phone?

Te’o also told ESPN that she was the ‘most beautiful girl I ever met.” And why didn’t the two ever Skype? All college kids do it, but these two didn’t. Pretty weird.

Now Buzzfeed.com reports that a Twitter user named jay.R tweeted about his knowledge of the Te’o’s fake girlfriend hoax the first week of December. He made fun of the situation by talking about the MTV show Catfish. Check out his tweets below.

Starting back in early December, a twitter user named jay.R tweeted about his knowledge of the Manti Te'o "Lennay Kekua" fake girlfriend hoax. First he claimed that it was inspired by the movie and TV show "Catfish."

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He then claims he knows whose responsible, which Deadspin.com alleges is Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

He then said that he knew who it was. He claimed that it was someone whose dad had a church. (Titus Tuiasosopo, the father of Ronaiah, who Deadspin pointed to as the perpetrator of the hoax, is a pastor.)

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Jay then exchanges tweets with someone by the Twitter name of C.Tuiotimariner.

Jay then had a back and forth with someone who goes by the name C.Tuiotimariner where they acknowledged the hoax.

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Ten days before Te’o claims he found out about the hoax, jay.R jokes about it.

A few weeks later, still almost 10 days before it was revealed, jay.R again joked about the hoax.

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Shortly after Deadspin.com broke the story about Te’o’s fake girlfriend, jay.r and C.Tuiotimariner reacted on Twitter.

After Deadspin published their report revealing the hoax, C.Tuiotimariner and jay.R had some things to say.

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Some seemingly nice...

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Others less so.

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jay.R was much more somber in tone.

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And then explained his involvement (or in this case, lack of involvement).

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He also attempted to clear C.Tuiotimariner's name.

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And then reiterated his innocence in the ordeal.

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After jay.R's tweets, C.Tuiotimariner also attempted to explain the exchanges from pre-hoax-reveal.
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Deadspin claims they got an animous tip that Te’o’s girlfriend was fake. So maybe these two guys were the ones that tipped the website off.
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