We've heard from Deadspin. We've heard from Manti Te'o (or his publicist). We've even heard from Notre Dame's top brass (who cried human tears over this hoax -- what a puss). Now we're hearing from Arizona Cardinals fullback, Reagan Mauia, and he's claiming that Lennay Kekua is not only real, but that he met her. Like he physically shared the same air as her and this interaction was not part of a dream.
According to ESPN
Reagan Mauia, an Arizona Cardinals fullback, said he believes Kekua existed because he met her in person when he and other Polynesian teammates and Pittsburgh Steelers star Troy Polamalu went to do charity work in American Samoa in June 2011.
“This was before her and Manti,” Mauia said Wednesday evening. “I don’t think Manti was even in the picture, but she and I became good friends. We would talk off and on, just checking up on each other kind of thing. I am close to her family. When she was going through the loss of her father, I was — I offered a comforting shoulder and just someone to bounce her emotions off. That was just from meeting her in Samoa.”
Mauia said Tuiasosopo — whom Mauia believes is Kekua’s cousin — introduced the two. After the initial meeting, Mauia said he met her at an “after-party” for all of the athletes involved in the camp.
“She was tall,” he said. “Volleyball-type of physique. She was athletic, tall, beautiful. Long hair. Polynesian. She looked like a model … ”
He said it is his understanding that Kekua’s mother is operating her Twitter account. He said he’d never met her mother. When told by a reporter that she apparently might not have existed, Mauia said “No, she is real.”
Is Mauia in on this hoax and just refuses to call it quits? Like that one friend in a movie that goes nuts and decides someone needs to die because "we're in too deep" when the other guys are like "maybe we should just let the hostages go?" Or did Mauia also have a online love affair with this fake chick and he doesn't want to look as dumb as Te'o does? Which would be impossible since 99.3% of people had never heard of Reagan Mauia prior to this very moment.
Whatever the hell is going on, I made jokes at a fake dead girl's expense on Twitter and if she's a real dead girl my tweets just became pretty fucked up.