What we know about Ronaiah Tuiasosopo in Manti Te’o story

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo

PHOTO: DEADSPIN.COM

More details have come out about 22-year-old Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man Deadspin believes posed as Te’o’s girlfriend online:

- He was a friend of Manti Te’o’s family

- He once auditioned for The Voice and told producers that he was involved in a “massive” car accident, according to Us Weekly. He claimed doctors thought one of them could have been brain-dead but that miraculously, everyone was healthy after the event.

- He is described by Deadspin as “a star high school quarterback turned religious musician.”

- Prior to the story breaking Wednesday, two Twitter users (@ceeweezy51 and @jayRahz), posted about Te’o’s girlfriend. @jayRahz tweeted after the story broke:

“My fam & I have an idea who the guy is behind the @LennayKay profile & hes up there leading a worship band at his dad’s church! SMFH”

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

- He has not spoken publicly since the story broke Wednesday afternoon.

- This is believed to be Tuiasosopo playing piano, on the left:

And here, on the guitar:


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