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Fans react to Manti Te'o ESPN interview

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Manti Te'o told his side of the story in an exclusive off-camera interview with ESPN Friday.  He denied any part in the girlfriend hoax that has swept the country for the last four days.  Details of the reported 2 and a half hour interview didn't become public until after midnight early Saturday morning.  And the timing of the interview seemed to throw off fans looking for answers from Te'o, many of them didn't even know Manti broke his silence.  But for those who did, they say they believe Manti.

Emmy Pusateri said, "I believe that he was duped and innocent.  He may have embellished some but I think he was innocent in it all."  Dave Knebl said, "It was pretty obvious he didn't make the whole thing up."

In the interview with ESPN Manti answered a lot of questions.  A big one being why he had told people he had met Lennay in person.  To that he said, "I even knew that it was crazy that I was with somebody that I didn't meet...I kinda tailored my stories to have people think, yeah, he met her."

Some fans are satisfied with what Manti told ESPN.  Dave Knebl said, "I think what he said is good enough.  Let him go, he's a good kid."  Others want to hear more.  "There's still a lot of questions need to be answered," said Ryan Case.


As for the way that Manti spoke his side of things, fans agree it should have been on camera.  "I think it would have been better off if it was on camera," said Dave Knebl.  Ryan Case said, "A face to face press interview would have been nice."  And Emmy Pusateri said, "I hope he does hold a press conference and answer the questions that people throw at him."

But they understand why Manti chose to speak without cameras present.  "I think it was a lot easier for him to do it off camera.  I don't blame him," said Knebl.  Larry Takacs said, "the main thing is he talked and it looked like he was relaxed."

The ESPN interview with Manti Te'o was two and a half hours long.  So even the fans who had read about it admit they hadn't gone through the whole transcript yet.  You can read the transcript here.

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