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Is Te'o gay? He says nay, but more questions remain

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  • Notre Dame star Manti Te'o claims to be victim of online hoax
  • Some theorize Te'o made up girlfriend to hide his sexual orientation

So many questions and theories surround the Manti Te'o story. 

Some have theorized that Te'o might be gay, and that he faked a relationship with an online girlfriend to cover-up his sexual orientation. This week, Katie Couric asked him point blank, "Are you gay?"

"No. Far from it. FAR from it," said Te'o, smiling. But that hasn't put a stop to the questions.

The Notre Dame football star is sticking to his story that he was a victim, not the perpetrator of an embarrassing hoax. Te'o said he believed he was having an online relationship with a woman, only to find out his Internet girlfriend, Lennay Kekua -- who supposedly died of leukemia in 2012 -- never really existed. He's acknowledged that he did lie to his family about having met Kekua in person, and that he lied to the media even after he learned that she didn't exist.

Conflicting details continue to emerge about who provided the voice for Kekua during phone calls between she and Te'o, and about the involvement of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man who's said to have masterminded the hoax.

 

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