While the most highly anticipated episode of “Katie” still hasn’t aired where I live, Katie Couric went on the radio with Dan Patrick to discuss her sit-down with Manti Te’o. Couric came away believing Te’o and his family, in what will likely (hopefully) be one of the final chapters in this very weird saga.
“I think he did very well in the interview,” Couric told Patrick. “I think it was incredibly compelling. I think he was very honest. Honest about how this relationship unfolded. I don’t think he concocted this hoax.”
Couric, who told Patrick she was shown actually phone records of the hours of conversations Te’o had with Lennay Kekua, who is now believed to be Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, also played voicemails that were left for him. Couric herself was sold that they sounded like a female voice.
Still, Couric thought Te’o was forthcoming about his mistakes, mostly after he received the fateful phone call on December 6th.
“I think he was honest about his shortcomings in terms of being completely honest about the nature of the relationship. I think he conceded that he misled people after he knew something was terribly wrong and that the whole thing was just completely fishy.”
With a wide spectrum of thoughts on Te’o being voiced freely from just about anybody with an opinion, it was interesting to hear Couric’s take on Te’o. When asked by Patrick about Te’o’s personality, Couric jumped on the idea of Te’o just being extraordinarily naive.
“Very. I think he’s a very naive, very young 21-year old, who is very dependent on his family,” Couric said. “I think also, I have to say, from what I gather from his account, the person behind this was extraordinarily manipulative and incredibly, really almost weirdly, intelligent about the way this was conducted.”