February 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Te’o questions persist
Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, gay news, Washington Blade

Manti Te’o (Photo by Shotgun Spratling/Neon Tommy via Wikimedia Commons)

MILFORD, Conn.—Questions about University of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s sexual orientation persist going into the National Football League’s Scouting Combine.

“Teams want to know if Manti Te’o is gay,” NFL commentator Mike Florio said on the Dan Patrick Show on Monday. “I don’t think anyone knows how to solve this dilemma yet.”

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo last month confessed he convinced him he was a woman named Lennay Kekua with whom the linebacker carried a virtual long-distance relationship for three years. He said he convinced Te’o last September that Kekua had died.

The Notre Dame linebacker told Katie Couric after the hoax became public that he is not gay.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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