Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, Alleged Manti Te’o Girlfriend Hoaxer, Auditioned for The Voice

Is anybody following the story that Deadspin broke, about Notre Dame linebacker, Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend? The young sports star’s inspirational story of a girlfriend, who died of leukemia on the same day his grandmother died (after previously overcoming injuries from a car accident!) just as the fighting Irish finished an undefeated season, was revealed to be a hoax.

His friend, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who appears to have been in on the hoax (sorry, but I think Te’o was in on it too) has auditioned for the upcoming season of  The Voice, with a story about his own car accident. Via US Weekly

But this is not the first sad story Tuiasosopo has reportedly engineered. A source tells Us Weekly that the aspiring singer spun quite a tale for the producers of NBC’s The Voice, too — when he auditioned to be a contestant on the upcoming season.

“He had this insane sob story before [he sang],” an insider reveals to Us. “It would make for great TV.”

According to the source, Tuiasosopo told producers he and his cousins started a Christian band together and were on their way to perform at a youth conference in Nevada when they got into a “massive” car accident. He claimed a truck crashed into their vehicle, sending them flip-flopping all over the freeway. He also said doctors thought one of them might have been brain-dead, but miraculously, everyone was fine.

An insider adds that Tuaisosopo “passed a background check and psych evaluation,” which is standard for all reality TV show contestants. “Nothing came up, no suspicious behavior,” the source says. However, in light of what people now know about the Manti Te’o death hoax, “people now think the sob story is fake.”


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