When it comes to soul-baring and truth-telling, Manti Te’o will take his tale of a bizarre hoax involving an imaginary girlfriend and her death to Katie Couric, not Oprah Winfrey.
The Notre Dame linebacker did an off-camera interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap on Friday night, while the second part of Lance Armstrong’s interview with Winfrey was airing, but now he and his family are prepared to face the cameras.
The interview, the New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports, will be shown on “Katie,” Couric’s syndicated talk show, on Thursday, with clips appearing ahead of time on “Good Morning America” and other ABC newsy shows. Te’o’s parents, Brian and Otttilia, will join him. Stelter reports that the Te’o family spokesman, hired in the last few days, happens to be the spokesman for Couric as well.
Te’o claims he was tricked into a relationship with a woman he never met. Her death, from leukemia, was faked as well and became another of the great stories surrounding Notre Dame football as the Fighting Irish advanced to the national title game, where they lost.
Te’o insisted to Schaap that he wasn’t part of the hoax. “When (people) hear the facts, they’ll know,” he said. “They’ll know that there is no way that I could be part of this.”
As you can see, Couric will have plenty of material to work with.