Manti Te'o Hoax: So Ronaiah Tuaisosopo Played the Role of Lennay Kekua?

By Kris Hughes
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Just when you though the Manti Te’o hoax situation couldn’t get any stranger– it absolutely did.

According to attorney Milton Grimes, who represents Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the aspiring actor played the part of Lennay Kekua throughout the duration of the hoax.

Yes, seriously.

There’s plenty that makes sense here given that Tuiasosopo has been an aspiring entertainer for some time– playing with a local Christian band, being active in drama in high school and recently trying out for television talent show The Voice.  In his somehow twisted reality, was Ronaiah Tuiasosopo playing the biggest part of his life?

If this development turns out to be true — and believe me, it sounds more reasonable than many of the theories we’ve heard as of late — even the best Hollywood fiction writer couldn’t have written a script this golden in a million years.

If true, it would say plenty about both Manti Te’o and Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

Maybe Manti Te’o really is that naive, and wanted nothing more than to believe in a relationship that wasn’t necessarily tangible but felt real– at least over the phone.

And what about Tuiasosopo — a guy that wanted us all to believe, at least in the beginning — of how great a friendship he and Te’o, and their families, had shared for all this time. Is he just a burnout with nothing better to do than portray a female over the phone and do damage to his “friend” in the process, or, is there something more here?

Is this guy just a psychopath who was enjoying every minute of the play that was unfolding in front of him — with him as the star — something he could never attain in real life.

Either way, if Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was indeed Lennay Kekua the circle has finally been closed and we can put this damn story to bed.

Something I’m sure no one will lose any sleep over.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports. You can follow Kris on TwitterGoogle Plus and Facebook

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