Here's a bizarre twist to the already bizarre story about Notre Dame football player
Someone claims to have seen her.
"This was before her and Manti," Maui'a said Wednesday evening, according to ESPN.com. "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."
Maui'a, who played college football at Hawaii and joined the
"She was tall," Mauia told ESPN.com. "Volleyball-type of physique. She was athletic, tall, beautiful. Long hair. Polynesian. She looked like a model ... "
Mauia's account directly contradicts a Deadspin report Wednesday that blew up the Internet by claiming that Kakua wasn't a real person, but rather an online hoax.
Notre Dame shortly thereafter released a statement, saying that Te'o had been duped by what the university called