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Dungy said Te’o could face the toughest questions from NFL teams.

“If I was still coaching and we’re thinking about taking this guy in the first round, you want to know not exactly what happened but what is going on with this young man and is it going to be a deterrent to him surviving in the NFL and is it going to stop him from being a star,” Dungy said. “So just tell the truth about what happened and this is why, I think, that’s the best thing.”

Deadspin reported that friends and relatives of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a 22-year-old who lives in California, believe he created Kekua. The website also reported Te’o and Tuiasosopo knew each other _ which has led to questions about Te’o’s involvement in the hoax.

Swarbrick understands why there are questions.

“They have every right to say that,” Swarbrick said “Now I have some more information than they have. But they have every right to say that. … I just ask those people to apply the same skepticism to everything about this. I have no doubt the perpetrators have a story they will yet spin about what went on here. I hope skepticism also greets that when they’re articulating what that is.”

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AP sports writers Tim Reynolds, Stephen Hawkins and Ralph D. Russo contributed to this report.