NEW YORK (WKOW) -- ESPN says Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o maintains he was never involved in creating the dead girlfriend hoax.
Te'o talked with ESPN in an off-camera interview Friday night. Te'o says, "When they hear the facts they'll know. They'll know there is no way I could be a part of this."
The comments were Te'o's first public remarks since Deadspin.com reported that the girlfriend Te'o talked about and said died this fall of leukemia never existed.
Notre Dame and Te'o say this was a cruel joke.
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