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NEW YORK 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.
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