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Te'o regrets tainting name

By Ferd Lewis

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 20, 2013

~~<p>Manti Te'o said the &quot;hardest part&quot; of the hoax soap opera that has enveloped him is what his family has gone through, and his &quot;biggest regret&quot; was the failure to be honest about not having ever met his purported online and telephone girlfriend.</p>
<p>The Notre Dame All-American from Laie made the statements during a 21&frasl;2 hour off-camera interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap on Friday night, and though they were not initially aired, both were contained in the 34-page edited transcript of the interview posted by the network Saturday.</p>
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Manti Te'o said the "hardest part" of the hoax soap opera that has enveloped him is what his family has gone through, and his "biggest regret" was the failure to be honest about not having ever met his purported online and telephone girlfriend.

The Notre Dame All-American from Laie made the statements during a 21⁄2 hour off-camera interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap on Friday night, and though they were not initially aired, both were contained in the 34-page edited transcript of the interview posted by the network Saturday. Login for more...



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