For the second time in seven days, a high-profile athlete is doing an interview to address controversy surrounding him. This time it is Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o talking about the Lennay Kukua hoax.
Te'o, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting last season, will appear on Katie Couric's nationally syndicated talk show on Thursday to discuss anything and everything that has happened since Deadspin reported that the story of Te'o's girlfriend dying in September wasn't true.
Here is all of the viewing information that you need to know to prepare for the Te'o interview, plus some news that has already come out about what we can expect to hear from the Notre Dame star.
Where to Watch: ABC Network
Start Time: 3 p.m. ET (Varies based on market, check local listings by clicking here)
What We Know So Far
The interview has already been taped, with some excerpts of it already being released online. We know that Te'o does admit to lying about knowing Kukua was alive just days before he talked about her death on the Heisman Trophy Presentation show that aired on ESPN.
Now I get a phone call on December 6, saying that she's alive and then I'm going be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?
Also, thanks to an off-camera interview Te'o did last week with Jeremy Schaap of ESPN, we know that Te'o denied having any involvement in the hoax and was told by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo that he is the one who was behind the whole thing.
In an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show Thursday (video embedded below), Couric provided some small details about the interview. She said that Te'o was very "honest" about everything involving the nature of this relationship.
One of the most interesting tidbits from Couric's interview with Dan Patrick is when she says that Te'o told her that "no one asked me if I had actually met (Kukua)." That is an interesting choice of words, since this whole story made her seem like his soul mate.
While we may not get answers to all our questions, it certainly does sound like there will be a lot to digest after the show is over.
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