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January 24th, 2013
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Will people believe Manti Teo's side of the story in the girlfriend hoax? Private investigator Dawn Ricci explains why we should

Today is the day that Manti Te'o goes on camera for the very first time to tell his story. He is the Notre Dame football player whose fake girlfriend became international news. He's going to speak to ABC's Katie Couric about the controversy surrounding his internet love affair that turned out to be a big hoax. He's admitted to lying a little bit about the relationship.

This morning on "Starting Point," All State Investigation president Dawn Ricci explains why she believes Te'o's side of the story.

"We get calls every day about people who meet people online, have relationships and then it obviously turns sour because a lot of them really do," Ricci says.

Ricci says she believes Te'o 'without a doubt.'

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  1. RTaylor

    Student-althletes at the level of Manti are so possessed with their mission to carry out their assigned team expectations that they don't have another brain cell to waste on what us normal people constitute as common sense. In fact, it's all they can do to put in adequate study time in order to pass their classes. That's why I believe Manti's incredible tale.

    January 24, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Ann Ray

    I think there are more important things that should be in the news. I have never heard of him
    before so unless he committed a major crime what is the point to this story.

    This guy did not murder anyone so leave him alone so he can play football and live his life.

    We all make mistakes.

    January 24, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Rodney Lau

    I do believe Manti Te'o. Thank you for finally presenting that point of view. It's a shame so many were hurt by lies. Even sadder that so many are too cynical to try to empathize.

    January 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mike

    I believe him; something very similar happened to me in the early to mid 80's. It's devastating and humiliating, and having it play out in the public eye has got to be agonizing for him.

    I know the situation is something that would be hard to believe by anyone who has not been through it. But that said, I'm here to say that it does happen, and probably a lot more often now than it did in the 80's, since we are so much more connected now.

    January 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Kelly

    Yes, I absolutely believe him!

    January 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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