Manti Te'o has spoken out about the Lennay Kekua death hoax, as it's now been verified that the Notre Dame linebacker was never dating a Stanford student by that name last year.
But the Heisman Trophy finalist is denying reports that he played a role in duping America, instead releasing a statement that says he fell victim to someone on the Internet.
"This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online. We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her," Te'o said.
"To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.