This story about Manti Te’o with this hoax about a dead girlfriend is something that is still developing hour by hour, but there are a few things that are going through my mind as I see this develop. I understand the people at Notre Dame trying to help Te’o out and get him through this difficult time of finding out he has been deceived for a long time. My problem comes down to the timing of some events.
It has been reported that Te’o got a phone call on Dec. 6, but yet didn’t tell Notre Dame about it until Dec. 26 – or 20 full days later. Does that seem strange to anyone else? What makes it even odder is that you have to figure Te’o was in meetings to find out the root of this while the Fighting Irish were preparing for the BCS Championship Game, so he didn’t get full prep time. I’m not sure how much I believe in the theory that Te’o knew about this all along. I don’t think that is the case at all, but there are too many things that are fishy about this.
If you are in an online relationship that lasts over several years, you have to meet the person at some point to know if they are real. Anyone can post a picture of someone else and claim it is them. This is turning into the biggest hoax of all-time in sports. Te’o trusted that his “girlfriend” was dead, and used it as a rallying cry for himself. It is a shame how this has all played out in the media. Hopefully someone gets the full story on this someday.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.