Te'o supporters demand apology, answers

Te'o supporters demand apology, answers

LAIE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Word someone has admitted to being behind the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax quickly spread through the linebacker's hometown of Laie this morning.

For the last 48 hours since word of the  elaborate scheme made headlines across the country,Teo's Laie community has rallied behind the star linebacker.  Now that someone has reportedly admitted to orchestrating the entire thing -- Teo's supporters are demanding an apology & answers.

Blanche Hanohano remembers Manti as a little boy growing up in Laie.

"Through the eyes of the community he is our hero and he is a very humble person that we look up to," said Hanohano.

She says the reported confession by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo to creating the Lennay Kekua persona was extremely upsetting.

"I'm not sure if he's trying to ruin Manti's career or from becoming a better person," said Hanohano, who describes herself as puzzled and saddened by the situation. "He is a better person that we trust him and for that person to do that to him it's very uncalled for."

Jordan Barlow a junior at BYU says says he was stunned to learn Tuiasosopo had allegedly admitted to manipulating Te'o.

"That's just shocking I don't know why someone would do such a thing. It seems inhumane," said Barlow. "It seems like there's not really a motive behind it so I'm just kinda surprised by all the news and confused by all the details about what happened."

But Barlow also wondered how Te'o was duped for so long.

"I think Manti was a bit too trusting based on what I've heard. Obviously - I don't know how you can fall in love with someone you barely know or have just met online. So I think Manti should've definitely been more aware of the situation," said Barlow.

Because of all the uncertainty & inconsistencies, Hanohano thinks it's time for Te'o to come forward and explain himself.

"So this will go to rest. So everyone understands what took place and why this is happening now to him," explained Hanohano.

Hawaii News Now spoke with Manti's mother, Ottilia Teo, earlier today and she says the family is "working on something," but they weren't ready to release a statement or answer any questions at this time.

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