I’m never one to gloat, but in this case I’ll make an exception. Didn’t I say somebody in the Manti Te’o story was hidden deep in the closet? Yes, I did. Now, the hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo has admitted to Dr. Phil that he does indeed like men or he thinks he might.
Dr. Phil was a guest on “The Today Show” this morning. There he gave a little preview of the interview he conducted with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. Tuiasosopo admitted he was gay, but quickly changed the statement. The Te’o hoaxer amended his admission to convey that he was confused about his sexuality.
Phil introduced the a clip of his interview by saying, “Here we have a young man that fell deeply, romantically in love. I ask him straight up was this a romantic relationship with you? And he says, ‘Yes.’ I said, are you then, therefore, gay? And he says, ‘Well, when you put it that way, yes.’”
Phil then went on to say that after Tuaisosopo admitted being gay, he quickly changed his statement to “I’m confused.” Phil also said that Ronaiah Tuaisosopo admitted to orchestrating the hoax, but has been through several psychologically damaging experiences in his life.
Manti Te’o says he had absolutely no part in this hoax. During his interview with Katie Couric, Te’o said he was the farthest thing from a gay man. Only time will tell how the rest of this story unfolds. The Dr. Phil interview airs on Thursday January 31st and Friday February 1st on CBS.
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