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Manti Te’o tells ESPN he was not involved in hoax

Manti Te'o told ESPN on Friday that he ‘‘wasn’t part’’ of the girlfriend hoax, but he did acknowledge tailoring his stories to lead people to believe that he had met her in person before her death.

It was the first time that Te'o, the Notre Dame all-American linebacker, expanded on his side of a story that has gripped the country in recent days. Until Wednesday, the often-retold story was that Te'o’s dominant season, in which he led Notre Dame to the BCS national championship game, was inspired by playing through the pain of the early-season deaths of his girlfriend and grandmother.

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