Manti Te’o talks to Couric
Wednesday morning, Manti Te’o appeared on Katie Couric’s morning show, <i>Good Morning America</i>. This was his first on camera interview about the hoax of his dead girlfriend since the news came out.
It seemed a little shocking to see Te’o on with Couric instead of Oprah Winfrey who has been so involved in big drama stories within the sports field lately.
In his interview with Couric, according to CNN, Te’o asked her simply, “What would you do?”
“Katie, put yourself in my situation. I, my whole world told me that she died on September 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on September 12,” Te’o said.
Te’o's parents were also involved with the interview. Last week in the ESPN interview, Te’o admitted to lying to his father about meeting Kekua because he was embarassed. Te’o's father began to cry when asked about what he thought about his son being a liar.
“People can speculate about what they think he is. I’ve known him 21 years of his life. And he’s not a liar. He’s a kid,” Te’o's father told Couric.
Diane O’Meara, the woman whose photos were used, was also interviewed. She said, ”Ronaiah has called and not only confessed, but he has also apologized, but I don’t think there’s anything you could say to me that would fix this.”
She also mentioned that she has never spoken with Te’o.
There has technically been no crime committed with this story so there is no FBI investigation, the Associated Press reports.
Robert Ramsey, FBI supervisory special agent for northern Indiana, said, ”I don’t think there was any financial harm to Mr. Te’o….There was no federal violation regarding the Internet hoax perpetrated against Mr. Te’o.”