Watching Manti Te’o Cry During Netflix Doc Made Football Fans Emotional


After years of suffering ridicule, Manti Te’o is finally getting his redemption arc.

This week, Netflix released their documentary “Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist,” which attempts to tell the whole story of what happened with Te’o during his time at Notre Dame.

During a recent interview with FTW, Te’o said he only agreed to do the doc because he wanted people to know the true story of what really went down with the infamous Lennay Kukua catfish situation.


When I was first approached about this project back in 2020, I told the filmmakers Ryan Duffy and Tony Vainuku that I didn’t want this to be my story. I wanted this to be the story. That required everyone involved in what happened to be in the documentary and I think that’s what’s so powerful about it. You have every side. It creates a level of truth that can’t be dismissed or doubted.

Fans who have watched the documentary have gotten emotional watching Te’o cry while describing how getting catfished nearly ruined his life.

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