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Cardinals player says he met Manti Te’o’s fake dead girlfriend

This story is obviously the most bizarre thing to happen in a long time.  One thing that has been fluid throughout the ordeal is that Lennay Kekua was not real.  But, according to Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Maui’a, she is real.

Maui’a told an ESPN reporter that:

“This was before her and Manti,” Maui’a said Wednesday evening. “I don’t think Manti was even in the picture, but she and I became good friends. We would talk off and on, just checking up on each other kind of thing. I am close to her family. When she was going through the loss of her father, I was — I offered a comforting shoulder and just someone to bounce her emotions off. That was just from meeting her in Samoa.”

Maui’a said Tuiasosopo — whom Maui’a believes is Kekua’s cousin — introduced the two. After the initial meeting, Maui’a said he met her at an “after-party” for all of the athletes involved in the camp.

“She was tall,” he said. “Volleyball-type of physique. She was athletic, tall, beautiful. Long hair. Polynesian. She looked like a model … “

How he could have possibly met a fake person is beyond me, or anyone else who has been reading about this ordeal.  Who did he actually meet?  Were they merely pretending to be Lennay Kekua?  There are obviously more questions than answers right now, especially with this added dynamic from Maui’a, and it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.


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