Gunner Kiel, Twitter Comedian: “Have You Heard The One About Manti Te’o?”
The Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax that broke yesterday (thanks to Deadspin) immediately took over the internet, and Twitter in particular. Everyone had reactions and observations to the news, but even more people had jokes (including a brand new craze, Te’oing). Not one to be left behind, Notre Dame Fighting Irish backup quarterback Gunner Kiel made his own joke on the scandal, which probably won’t win him any camaraderie or teamwork based awards anytime soon.
From Kiel’s twitter @GunnerKiel (tweet now deleted)
Gonna need Cat Fish for this one #Nev #HelpUs
The true freshman quarterback likely won’t ingratiate himself with the locker room taking a shot at the emotional leader of their team over the last three seasons, but you have to appreciate it as a pretty good burn.
And Kiel may not care about what his Notre Dame teammates think of him for much longer. Kiel is rumored to be looking to transfer in order to find more playing time as sophomore Everett Golson seemed to solidify his spot as the starter with a perfect 12-0 regular season. With Golson sticking around in South Bend for another two years, Kiel isn’t interested in waiting around for his shot.
So while he looks for a shot at playing time somewhere else, he took a shot at the Irish captain as both go out the door. Te’o to the NFL, though how this scandal will affect him remains to be seen, while Kiel finds a new program to call home and one that for his sake hopefully doesn’t have to travel to South Bend.
All jokes aside, Kiel isn’t gone from Notre Dame just yet, so he might have been wiser to hold off on the punchlines while he was still on campus.