Friday's developments paint Manti in more positive light

More sources are coming forward saying Manti Te'o was nothing more than a victim who was fooled by a cruel, elaborate relationship hoax.

Several sources told national media outlets the alleged mastermind, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, confessed to creating the imaginary young woman named Lennay Kakua.

"He told me that Manti was not involved at all," an anonymous female friend of Tuiasosopo told ESPN. "He was victim and that he told him that day when he called, when he confessed to him that you know, everything was a lie. The girlfriend part was a lie. The accident was a lie. Leukemia was a lie."

That friend's not the only one pointing fingers.

Manti Te'o's uncle, Alema Te'o says he met Tuiasosopo and condemned him on Utah radio station 1280 AM The Zone.

"He's a liar, he concocted the whole thing, he misrepresented whatever program he was trying to get across to Manti. and he lied every step of the way," he said.

The recent developments backup what some people at the university have been saying all week -- that Te'o is a trusting guy who was played a fool.

In a radio show taped Thursday, Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick reiterated Te'o didn't realize his relationship was a scam, until he got a frightening phone call Dec. 6.

"He was obviously shocked, in disbelief," Swarbrick said. "He believed it to be a prank, that someone was mimicking her voice, that was his reaction to it."


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