Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s lawyer told the New York Post that his client disguise his voice to sound like a woman when he would call former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.
Now there’s a report from The Post that a family member of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s claims that his cousin, Tino Tuiasosopo was the person that was calling Te’o’s phone and talking to him the entire time.
This makes a lot of sense since the voice mails that were released yesterday sound like a woman, and not like a guy trying to disguise his voice.
Tino Tuiasosopo convinced the Notre Dame grid star that she was the real deal, calling him at school, telling him she loved him and even sobbing hysterically when another girl answered his phone, several of the woman’s relatives said yesterday.
“Tino is the girl that Manti has been talking to all these months,” said a Tuiasosopo cousin.
The revelation shoots down claims by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s attorney, Milton Grimes, that Ronaiah altered his masculine voice to play the part of the chirpy, flirty Kekua.
The Post was unable to reach Ronaiah’s lawyer for a comment.
One of Ronaiah’s relatives believes Grimes put out the story because the admitted hoaxer “is determined to take the rap.”
In an interview yesterday with ABC’s Katie Couric, Te’o provided voicemail messages from Lennay and insisted that he’d been duped into believing he was in a legitimate relationship.
After hearing the voicemails, one of Tino’s cousins told The Post, “There is no doubt whatsoever that it’s Tino.”
Now it seems like Te’o has been duped if we know for sure it was a woman on the other end of the phone calls.