First, let me still shake my head in frustration; every media outlet in the country wants to talk to the guy that duped Manti Te'o, the best linebacker in the country. And who does he agree to sit down with?? Dr. Phil. Dr. friggin Phil. That's journalistic quality at its finest.
Now that I got that off my chest, let's take a sneak peak as to what we can expect from Phil's interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo — the man who admitted was behind the scandal — set to air Thursday.
Here's what we know via interviews from Dr. Phil which aired Wednesday and an article released by ESPN, previewing the story.
#1. First, Ron — as I like to call him — tells Dr. Phil that he was the voice of Lennay Kekua, the fake dead — then risen again — girlfriend of Manti Te'o.
#2 Experts verify the voicemails given out by Te'o, in which are said by Te'o and Ron to be Kekua, are in fact, a woman and not a man. Thus, meaning Ron couldn't have been the voice.
#3 A relative of one of Ron's female cousins says they're certain it is her.
#4 Ron admits — half heartedly — that he is gay.
#5 Ron says that Te'o was not involved in the hoax in anyway.
#6 Ron tells Dr. Phil he was deeply in love with Te'o.
Here's the info from ESPN:
In an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw that will air Thursday, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo says the voice of Manti Te'os "girlfriend," Lennay Kekua, was his and that the star Notre Dame linebacker had no role in the hoax.
The first of McGraw's two-part interview with Tuiasosopo will air Thursday on the "Dr. Phil" show. McGraw appeared Wednesday morning on NBC's "Today" show, which aired two clips of the Tuiasosopo interview.
"There were many times when Manti and Lennay have broken up," Tuiasosopo said, "but something would bring them back together, whether it was something going on in his life or Lennay's life or in this case my life."
McGraw said Tuiasosopo told him he fell deeply in love with Te'o and that for Tuiasosopo it was a romantic relationship.
"Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love," McGraw told NBC. "I asked him straight up, 'Was this a romantic relationship with you?' And he says yes. I said, 'Are you then therefore gay?' And he said, 'When you put it that way, yes.' And then he caught himself and said 'I am confused.' "
McGraw told NBC that Te'o "absolutely, unequivocally" wasn't involved in the hoax.
One theory for the hoax is that Te'o was trying to cover up a homosexual relationship. In her TV interview with Te'o last week, Katie Couric asked him if he was gay.
"No, far from it," he said. "Faaaaarrrr from it."
Tuiasosopo told McGraw that as Te'o became more famous he knew that the online hoax he started more than two years ago was going to blow up.
Tuiasosopo said: "I wanted to end it because after everything I had gone through I finally realized that I just had to move on with my life and had to get … you know, my real me, Ronaiah … I just had to start living and let this go."
McGraw said he spent time with Tuiasosopo and his parents.
"Ronaiah had a number of life experiences that damaged this young man in some very serious ways," he said.
Last week, relatives of Tuiasosopo's female cousin, Tino Tuiasosopo, told the New York Post that they were certain it was her voice on at least one of the taped phone conversations. And after Te'o told Couric he believed the voice of Kekua was that of a woman, ABC's "Good Morning America" sent the tapes to four audio experts, who all agreed it was a woman.
So it's incredibly obvious that one person is lying. Either Te'o is lying about his sexuality and Ron is helping him cover it up; and/or Tuiasosopo is lying about being the voice of Kekua in order to protect his cousin or again, Te'o.
This thing is unfolding like a five-foot onion, and the layers are only beginning to peel off.