Huffpost Chicago

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Implicated In Manti Te'o Hoax On Twitter By Two Who Claim Knowledge Of Deceit

Posted: Updated:
Getty Images
Getty Images

Shock was the overwhelming, initial reaction of most to news that the entire narrative surrounding Manti Te'o and his late girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, was a hoax. That Kekua had never existed and never succumbed to leukemia, as Deadspin uncovered, exposed one of the most prevalent and inspirational narratives of the college football season as a lie. Both Notre Dame fans and the college football media who had covered Te'o and in some cases disseminated his story were floored, which is why it didn't go unnoticed that at least two individuals on Twitter didn't seem surprised in the least. In fact, tweets from two accounts -- @jayRahz and @ceeweezy51 -- in the hours after Deadspin's bombshell report dropped suggested that this hoax was old news.

After this initial response to the Deadspin piece, @ceeweezy51 tweeted about the story, re-tweeted a few comments of others.

Because I love his family, I know& understand that this was all a hoax that went out of proportion& blew up to a bigger problem

jacob:whose ronaiah tuiasosopo? princess:manti teos girlfriend LMAO


“@AVOXO_23: That Manti Teo story make you not wanna trust anybody on the Internet anymore" y'all can try's me though Lmao

When got left for a fake person >>> 😂😂😂😂

“@Chynna_Funkshun: It just haaaad to be a Samoan to catfish another Samoan. what a fckn puki'o hahaha.”Lmaooo

A short while later, @jayRahz addressed the Kekua hoax, eventually claiming to have known about it as far back as 2008. Of note, several of these tweets implicate Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. This would seem to be the same Ronaiah Tuiasosopo who figures prominently in the Deadspin story as the architect of the hoax and a friend of Te'o. Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Maui'a told ESPN that he had actually met Kekua through Tuiasosopo in 2011. He described Kekua as having a "Volleyball-type of physique." Perhaps coincidentally, volleyball does come up in tweets or re-tweets on the @ceeweezy51 timeline.

The subsequent stream of tweets by @jayRahz began to draw wider attention to the jokes and conversation among these two, notably from Justin Megahan (@justinrmegahan).

My prayers go out to everybody that was affected or involved with this Lennay Kekua scandal.

i hope didnt send lennay any nude pics. ronaiah prolly posted them on his piano so he can look at them while he plays @ church lmao

“@bighomieJOJO: Ok, shit. FINE , Im the real Lennay Kekua LMAAAOOOOO” LOL

Okay this is getting way out of hand.. everybody is tweeting that i had something to do with this scandal.. thats so far from the truth!

we caught Ronaiah's persona as Lennay Kekua back in 2008 and ended all ties with him..

i didnt even know Manti Teo's "girlfriend"'s name til way after she supposedly died.. when i found out it was Lennay.. i tweeted about it!

A few accounts tweeted me back w/ Ronaiah's picture and tagged which is how Ronaiah found out.. all I did was tweet..

everyone needs to hit up Ronaiah Tuiasosopo and get the truth.. the truth will set you free!!



I have the truth on my side so im not taking none of the mean things people are tweeting me seriously.. believe that!!

EVERY TWEET and I had about Lennay Kekua were all jokes. We knew from the beginning she was fake!

My tweets are not private because there is nothing to hide!! If i had secrets I would not be tweeting about it.. I mean, would you?

Perhaps we should have NOT been joking about being cause now people are really believing and retweeting it.

the TRUTH will come out on its own... and when it does.. everyone that tweeted mean things will understand a brotha.

Going further back in the timelines of both of these Twitter accounts reveals even more discussion of Kekua and the hoax. The mentions range from jokes about running the persona to a more pointed dig on the night of the BCS National Championship Game when Te'o and Notre Dame were defeated by Alabama.

I wonder if the real Lennay Kekua is watching the game.. Cause I know the fake one that didn't die is not watching over the Irish!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHHA just go run you meanie! Lol you'll thank me later lennay I mean jayr

super glad I went!! Thanks for the push sistah!

Hahahahaha you're such a meanie! *goes back to writing manti love letters* O_o

Perhaps most telling is a tweet from @jayRahz to an account associated with the film Catfish about the elaborate hoax.

All of this older chatter seems to go right along with the timeline established by Deadspin.

Mr. Sports Journo
A lot of these tweets/realizations were mentioned in the original story by and .

Timothy Burke
I mean, you could have just asked nicely, I'd have given you all that stuff.

It also seems that these tweets by persons who claim to have longstanding knowledge of the hoax do not implicate Te'o as being a part of it, with @jayRahz going as far as to tweet "thats all RONAIAH!!" Was this an attempt to keep his own name clear or was it a possible validation of Te'o's claim that he was a victim? Or could these two accounts be yet another part of this elaborate deception?

Also on HuffPost:

Manti Te'o Hoax Reactions
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Tweets connect Ronaiah Tuiasosopo to Lennay Kekua hoax

Report: Manti Te'o's inspirational girlfriend story a hoax

Chomping at Bits: The Catfishing of Manti Te'o

Manti Te'o was victim of 'sick joke and constant lies,' he says in a statement

Story of Manti Te'o's girlfriend dying in midst of Notre Dame's season was a ...

Notre Dame Star's Uplifting Story Apparently a Hoax

Manti Te'o's inspirational girlfriend story a hoax

The nine craziest things about the Manti Te'o hoax story

Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax: Cardinals FB Reagan Mauia claims Lennay Kekua ...

Manti Te'o Dead Girlfriend A Hoax? ND Star Releases Statement About Lennay ...

Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And ...

Manti Te'o - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Story of Manti Te'o's Girlfriend Is Said - The New York Times

Latest News, Updates on Deadspin's Manti Te'o Girlfriend Hoax ...

Notre Dame Football Star Manti Te'o's 'Dead Girlfriend' Tragedy Was ...

Report: Manti Te'o's inspirational girlfriend story a hoax

Manti Te'o says he's the victim of "girlfriend" hoax - CBS News

Story of Manti Te'o girlfriend and her death apparently a hoax - ESPN

Social media jump all over Manti Te'o hoax story -