Te'o tells Couric he briefly lied about girlfriend

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Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o has told Katie Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist.

Te'o said in an interview to air Thursday on Couric's show that he didn't lie about the hoax until December, believing Lennay Kekua had died of cancer. A segment of the interview with Te'o and his parents was broadcast Wednesday on "Good Morning America."

The Heisman Trophy runner-up received a phone call in December from a woman saying she was Kekua, whom he believed had died in September.

Te'o said, "Now I get a phone call on Dec. 6, saying that she's alive and then I'm going be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?"

Te'o maintained that he had no part in creating the hoax.

Father defends son

The father of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is defending his son against suspicions he used the hoax involving his "dead" imaginary girlfriend.
Brian Te'o joined his son for the taping an interview to air Thursday on Katie Couric's syndicated talk show. He came to his son's defense when Couric pointed out that many people don't believe the Irish star.
Brian Te'o had tears in his eyes as told Couric, "People can speculate about what they think he is. I've known him 21 years of his life. And he's not a liar."
Manti Te'o told Couric he played no part in the hoax but admitted he answered questions about the girlfriend even after learning she wasn't dead.

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