Twitter Erupts as Manti Te'o Explains His Story to Katie Couric

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Twitter Erupts as Manti Te'o Explains His Story to Katie Couric

Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te'o made a highly anticipated national television appearance in an interview with ABC's Katie Couric, which was conducted on Wednesday but aired Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. 

Te'o told his side of the story of the fake girlfriend hoax he was duped into, which began during his sophomore year of college. Naturally, the Twitterverse was abuzz with every word Te'o said.

This story has captivated the country for over a week with many bizarre twists and turns with every report that has come out. Just this morning, a report stated the hoax's mastermind, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, posed as alleged girlfriend Lennay Kekua and talked like a girl to dupe Te'o (h/t New York Daily News).

Te'o and his parents did their best to justify how he figured into this complex equation on the syndicated talk show Katie, and people had plenty to say about it.

ESPN's Rick Reilly's patience was tested within the first five minutes, after the broadcast rehashed the key details of the Te'o saga:

Huffington Post's Jake Fischer noted the contradiction in Te'o's appearance, as he seemed in good spirits despite the embarrassing nature of the story:

HuffPost Sports' official Twitter page then documented what Tuiasosopo allegedly told Te'o as to why he orchestrated the hoax:

KSTP Breaking News' Twitter page pointed out that Te'o denied any involvement in the hoax with his direct knowledge:

Waynnie Rashleigh noted that Te'o seemed innocent in the way he conducted himself during the interview:

Buzz Feed Sports highlighted an apparent contradiction in Te'o's account of the events:

HuffPost Media logged some harsh words Couric had for Te'o:

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport provided some comic relief for this bizarre situation:

ESPN's Darren Rovell noted an obvious statement made by Te'o:

KSTP Breaking News logged the alleged voicemails from who Te’o thought was Kekua:

The news feed also documented what Te'o's father had to say, as well as how Te'o feels about the whole hoax situation having had time to reflect:

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