Manti Te’o, appearing with his parents, said he wasn’t using a fake girlfriend to cover up being gay, which, he says, he is not.
During the broadcast this afternoon, Couric brought up the possibility that he may have been involved in a sexual affair and made up ‘Lennay Kekua’ as a cover.
She then asked the football star point blank: ‘Are you gay?’
With a smile, Te’o responded: No. Far from it. Far from it.’
He also vehemently denied any involvement in the hoax, saying that he believed Lennay Kekua to be dead until he received a mysterious phone call on December 6 saying that she had not died of leukemia as he had believed.
Pressed by Couric to admit that he was in on the deception, Te’o said he believed Kekua, had died of cancer.
‘You stuck to the script. And you knew that something was amiss, Manti,’ the talk show host said.
He replied: ‘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.’