The Manti Te’o Netflix series Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist has brought the former Notre Dame linebacker to the forefront after he was famously catfished back in 2012.
Te’o spoke with Entertainment Tonight prior to the release of the mini-series and said that he justed wanted the full story to come out once and for all.
“I’m grateful that Naya was able to go on there, and I’m sure it wasn’t comfortable for Naya as well, but I wanted it,” Te’o tells ET. “I told [Untold directors] Tony Vainuku and Ryan Duffy I wanted it to be the story. That’s what was so great. Everybody said it’s my story. No, I wanted it to be the story. [Because] when this thing comes out I don’t want it to just be one-sided. I didn’t want it to just be me. I wanted it to be everybody. And again, it was the entire truth and I think that’s what people really love about it. There was no stone left unturned, and definitely it was a powerful experience.”
Fans who have watched the doc now have a newfound respect for Te’o and what he went through.
We all owe Manti Te'o an apology pic.twitter.com/a5xBCjrUp5
— Thor Nystrom (@thorku) August 17, 2022
I just watched some of the Netflix series…. And jeeeesh I really hate that this happened to Manti Te’o. This was crazy. https://t.co/t7MUl473US
— Jasmine McKoy (@jasmineamckoy) August 18, 2022
Broken 😞 I can’t imagine having to live like that https://t.co/zNyTBYaLj6
— Dc_Kai305 (@DcKaiKid) August 18, 2022
This documentary is a good reminder that athletes are humans too.
Manti Te’o is a quality human being, and deserves to be treated as such. https://t.co/LYlfqIu1rQ
— Matt Sanders (@MattSandersNBA) August 18, 2022
This man didn’t deserve this. 🙁 https://t.co/6Cs5GZhuKD
— Blake Graham.PT.DPT (@blakegrahampt) August 18, 2022