Yes, it keeps getting weirder.
According to the New York Daily News, the lawyer for Ronaiah Tuiasosopo admits that Tuiasosopo pretended to be Lennay Kekua, the fake dead girlfriend of linebacker Manti Te’o, during hundreds of phone calls with Te’o.
Te’o “thought it was a female he was talking with,” lawyer Milton Grimes said. “It was Ronaiah as Lennay.”
Tuiasosopo reportedly has received vocal and dramatic training, which apparently helped him pretend to be a woman.
“Come on, Hollywood does it all the time,” Grimes said.
Hollywood does it rarely, in films like Tootsie and Mrs. Doubtfire. And if Tuiasosopo is as good as Dustin Hoffman or Robin Williams, the failed contestant on The Voice should be using his voice to make a living.
Regardless, the revelation is only going to make it harder for Te’o to get beyond the embarrassment associated with this entire ordeal. Not only did he not realize that his fake dead girlfriend was both fake and not dead, Te’o also failed to notice that she was, you know, a dude.