According to Fox Sports. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was on the phone with Ronaiah Tuiasospo during every phone call, Tuiasospo's lawyer told the New York Daily News.

Lawyer Milton Grimes said Tuiasosopo had Te'o believing he was talking to a female named Lennay Kekua..

“This wasn’t a prank to make fun,” Grimes told The News. “It was establishing a communication with someone. ... It was a person with a troubled existence trying to reach out and communicate and have a relationship.”

Grimes also said this was not the time to talk about his client's intentions or issues.

Grimes stands behind Tuiasosopo believing he is a good man.

“He’s torn by this,” Grimes said. “He didn’t mean for anyone to be hurt. Anything that he has done, he has apologized to those he could apologize to.”