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Manti Te'o Hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo to Dr. Phil: I'm Gay, Confused - VIDEO

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Dr. Phil interviews Manti Te'o hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo in a segment to be aired later this week. Dr. Phil says Tuiasosopo had a number of life experiences "that damaged this young man in some very serious ways."

In the interview, Tuiasosopo describes his obsession with the Notre Dame linebacker and Dr. Phil asks if he is gay.

"I said, are you then, therefore, gay?  And he says, 'Well, when you put it that way, yes.'"

Tuiasosopo then clarified: "I am confused."

Te'o has denied that he is gay. "Far from it," he told Katie Couric. "Faaaar from it."

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  1. Wow, I guessed they literally used his high school picture--looks quite different now--like a teddy bear! Still, what a freaking weird story this is--and it seems to all point to Manti being gay.

    If I remember the story correctly, these two have hung out before--boyfriends maybe? Either that or this Tuiasosopo is a nut case, infatuated with and stalking Manti. I'll take the former--I think this was simply a big cover up of one's sexuality.

    Posted by: Nat | Jan 30, 2013 9:49:23 AM


  2. Confusing: This man and his actions, going to tv to talk about, talking about it with Dr. Phil.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 30, 2013 9:54:54 AM


  3. Trying to think of something that I could care about less than a college football player who is clearly messed up in some way or another.

    I guess that my imagination doesn't reach that far. No, wait. I just don't care.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 30, 2013 9:56:33 AM


  4. I can't believe I'm commenting on this but, here it goes...

    Pretty much what I suspected. Not 100% convinced that Manti didn't know who was really on the other end of the line. That would explain why he never, ever tried to meet his "girlfriend" in person, even when she was in a coma in hospital. Couric couldn't get her head around that on in their interview. She was like, "Really?"
    It'll be interesting to see what else Dr. Phil gets out of the Ronaiah.

    Posted by: Gigi | Jan 30, 2013 9:59:36 AM


  5. @Paul R You cared enough to comment. :)

    Posted by: Gigi | Jan 30, 2013 10:02:42 AM


  6. I have about a dozen different reactions to this bizarre story, and each increasingly bizarre development. But I keep coming back to one thought: The Closet sucks. This kid Ronaiah has his own chapter in the DSM at this point...but I can't help but look at him and feel pity -- and wonder what his life would be like were it not for the closet.

    Posted by: Lars | Jan 30, 2013 10:38:15 AM


  7. Romantic? If you mean in the sense that it's like the weird bastard child of Cyrano de Bergerac, Romeo and Juliet, and The Lake House, then yes. Super duper romantic. *eyeroll*

    Posted by: Stefan | Jan 30, 2013 10:48:02 AM


  8. I saw a video clip where this guy says Manti and Lennay broke up many times.I think this guy was abused and created another personality to deal with trauma.He admits that he pulled this hoax on other guys.He said Manti was not in on the hoax and that it was his voice not a female cousin.If Manti was in on it why does the guy still reference himself as Lennay in regard to relationship.BTW he is saying apsychiatrist because he knows he needs help in dealing with these issues.A little off topic but Ray Lewis of the Ravens say he was catfished I saw it on Access Hollywood.Is it possible Manti is gay too I guess but I dont think so only because there would be no reason to keep up the Lennay character between the two of them,no reason to use female voice all the time JMO

    Posted by: Kim | Jan 30, 2013 10:49:52 AM


  9. Huh? What?

    F it. I really don't care.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 30, 2013 10:53:11 AM


  10. I think the easiest was to really get this resolved would be for Tuiasosopou to recreate the voice voice he used to fool Man'ti.

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 30, 2013 10:53:48 AM


  11. Sorry for the typo. I think the easiest way to get this resolved would be for Tuisosopou to recreate the voice he used to fool Man'ti

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 30, 2013 10:55:35 AM


  12. It's strange. Feels like they had an intense affair of some sort.
    There is a strong scent of the Closet on all this.

    I would like to see them both just verbatim repeat Jody Fosters loco non coming out speech to make this into a truly amazing performance art work.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Jan 30, 2013 10:58:26 AM


  13. Kid needs help. So does Man'ti. Very sad.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 30, 2013 11:02:07 AM


  14. This story never ends, does it? And it's a very sad story at that. If Tuiasosopo fell in love with T'eo and created this Lennay character to get close to T'eo, that's sad. And if Te'o is indeed gay but deep in the closet that's sad too. I simply see no winners in this. And all this sorrow and sadness because of all the hate out there that pushes gay men into the closet. So many lives have been destroyed because of the way society has treated LGBT-youth through the ages.

    Really, the only somewhat ok thing that could happen now is if Te'o came out and admitted that all of this was just a cover up, and that the two of them have indeed been romantically involved. But I'm doubting more and more that it'll ever happen. Really, it seems like another case of a sad, one-sided love affair. Just look at the way Tuiasosopo have changed since high school. All that unhappiness have caused him to gain weight.

    Posted by: Why, Why, Manti? | Jan 30, 2013 11:15:33 AM


  15. Shakespeare would love this.

    Posted by: kodiak | Jan 30, 2013 11:18:48 AM


  16. @'Why, Why Manti?', to say that the weight gain is proof of some sort of unhappiness based on this scenario is silly. I know most gay men see weight as a disease to be avoided at all costs, but people in that culture tend to be heavy no matter what else goes on in their lives. Chill out on the long distance psychobabble diagnosis, ok?

    Posted by: princely54 | Jan 30, 2013 12:11:18 PM


  17. The anti-gay Christians and psychotherapist say gays are confused and use that as psychological propaganda against the LGBT community to make them look bad. The truth is, if a person falls in love with another person they can do a lot of silly and foolish things, straight or gay. Straights can be just as confused as gays. Most people go through times of confusion, straight or gay, get over it and move on with your life.

    Posted by: Lou | Jan 30, 2013 12:28:21 PM


  18. It's a sad story. I don't know what to believe regarding this Tuiasosopo guy, but what's clear is he has some deep personal issues. Te'o's been so guarded about everything and inconsistent that I think it's clear he's hiding secrets. If homophobia didn't exist, stories like this would likely not happen in the first place.

    I think Te'o is gay because he could have put this story to bed and gotten out ahead of it, and he didn't do so. And the fact he didn't do so leads me to believe he has something to hide.

    It's just very sad, and a real reflection of how destructive the closet is.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 30, 2013 1:22:52 PM


  19. He'll be shipped off to Evergreen (Mormon "ex-gay" camp) before the show even airs; if he hasn't been already.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jan 30, 2013 2:15:09 PM


  20. The closet has always been a lonely, depressing place. That said, there are far too many holes in Manti's story to say that he was in denial about who he was talking to.

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 30, 2013 3:21:51 PM


  21. As pissed off as I want to be, I have a sad feeling for this guy, but I still find it reprehensible that this guy carried on this crazy hoax for 4 years....I agree this is what the closet does

    Posted by: Bernie | Jan 30, 2013 6:42:04 PM


  22. WOOOOAH! He BLEW UP! He is fat and ugly. I wonder if that contributed to Manti dumping him?

    Posted by: Marky | Jan 30, 2013 9:56:59 PM


  23. Even if Manti T'eo is gay, with comments like that one player spit out, why would T'eo even want to come clean, now. Even with the 49ers club clear "damage control" statement later, there are still reasons to be cautious in the American football industry (NFL). I hope T'eo thinks before he goes any farther into this whole scenario. I wish him well. I don't think this guy on Dr. Phil is being totally honest, and maybe even purposefully grandstanding by forcing T'eo out of the closet, even if it is the truth.

    Posted by: Rod Roddy lookalike | Jan 30, 2013 10:16:31 PM


  24. @Why,Why Manti? Unhappy romantic fantasies = weight gain...Gimme a T.O. break, Jenny Craig! for years the dude was hungry for his beefy linebacker but ended up as an online foodie instead.

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 31, 2013 3:43:40 AM


  25. After his visit with Dr. Phil, Ronaiah need to start an real romance with Jenny Craig.

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 31, 2013 3:57:16 AM


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