Father of alleged 'mastermind' behind Te'o girlfriend hoax reacts

The father of the man believed to be involved in the  Manti Te’o hoax called the football player “an amazing role model” Thursday and asked the public to let him pursue his dreams without judgment.

In a post on his Facebook page, Titus Tuiasosopo thanked people for the support shown to his “aiga” – the Samoan word for family –  since the story broke. He did not mention his 22-year-old son, Ronaiah, who the sports website Deadspin, which broke the story, described as the mastermind behind the prank.

“There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe the overwhelming love & support me & my Aiga have received today. Feels like I've been drinking from a fire hydrant. lol. Your texts, calls, emails, prayers & messages are received with a sincerely humble heart. I know so much has been splattered all over the media about my son & my family. I also know that many who were born in a manger in Bethlehem & continue to walk on water will undoubtedly express their opinions. Those of you who know us the best still love us the most. It my hope & prayer that we allow the truth to take its course, wherever that may lead. My heart goes out to Manti & the Te'o Aiga. Please allow this young man to pursue his dream without judgement. He's an amazing role model for our youth and Samoan community. I love U all from the bottom of my heart.”

The note was signed “Your friend, Titus.” About a dozen family members were tagged in the post.

Titus Tuiasosopo is a pastor at Oasis Christian Church in Southern California, according people connected with the congregation.  His personal Facebook page is linked to on the church’s site.

Ronaiah often performs with the church band, according pictures and other accounts posted on social media sites.

The family has made no other comments about hoax since it became national news Wednesday afternoon.  

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