January 18th, 2013
08:37 PM ET

The instigator in the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax?

There are still many questions surrounding Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend. The Notre Dame linebacker hasn’t spoken publicly about the scandal since Deadspin.com broke the story Wednesday, but he did release a statement saying “to realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating.” According to reports in Deadspin, ESPN and others, the instigator was a man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. CNN hasn’t been able to confirm those reports. But tonight on AC360, you’ll hear from Tuiasosopo’s uncle. CNN also caught up with his father. See how they’re reacting to the scandal in Gary Tuchman's report.

Update 1:52 AM EST, Sat January 19, 2013:
Manti Te'o defended himself in an ESPN interview Friday night, saying there was no way he was part of a hoax involving a deceased girlfriend. Read more here...

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