The newest voice in the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax drama is Tokay High School graduate Reagan Maui'a, a former NFL player. Te'o is a Notre Dame linebacker surrounded by controversy relating to a woman named Lennay Kekua.
Te'o claimed Kekua was his girlfriend, but that she died of leukemia in September 2012.
Reporters at Deadspin say they have discovered the girl never existed.
The apparent hoax is drawing huge interest online, in part because the death of the linebacker's grandmother and girlfriend created a sympathetic storyline for Te'o as the season progressed.
Some have wondered whether Te'o is the victim of a hoax or a willing participant.
Enter Maui'a, 28, who told ESPN he met Kekua in person twice in 2011.
Maui'a played three games as fullback for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012, but was cut from the team in October. He had previously played for the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Maui'a graduated from Tokay High in 2002, following a four-year career in football and track. After high school, he attended the University of Hawaii, and played as a defensive lineman and fullback.
During his time on the roster for the Dolphins in April 2008, Maui'a was arrested on battery charges for punching another man in the parking lot of a Weston, Fla. restaurant. In February 2009, he was arrested again on charges of drunk driving in Stockton.
Maui'a told ESPN that he was introduced to Kekua by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a close friend of Te'o's. Maui'a believes that Tuiasosopo was Kekua's cousin.
Kekua and Maui'a met in American Samoa while several football players were doing charity work in June 2011.
"This was before her and Manti," Maui'a told ESPN on Wednesday evening. "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."
The second meeting took place at a party for athletes.
"She was tall," Maui'a told ESPN. "Volleyball-type of physique. She was athletic, tall, beautiful. Long hair. Polynesian. She looked like a model ... ."
Efforts to reach Maui'a on Thursday were unsuccessful. At 7:12 a.m., he posted on his public Twitter account that he was not available for interviews.
"If ur calling me for a story, plz don't, I have better things to do ... I gotta make breakfast," he tweeted as @Reagan_Mauia45.