What Does the Manti Te’o Story Say About Us?
Let me preface this piece by saying that I am not a Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan. In fact, I pretty much hate Notre Dame (although the movie Rudy was a good one). With this being said, I am not happy about the Manti Te’o saga. I think it is a sad world we live in and Te’o is caught between a rock and a hard place. This story isn’t so much about one of college football’s biggest stars being dooped, but more about our enjoyment of it happening. Why should any of us care that this kid was lied to, lied about it and then was caught with egg on his face?
Of course this is embarrassing to Te’o. Do you think the individuals that invested with Bernie Madoff don’t feel like complete idiots now? I think this goes back to our enjoyment of watching people fail. That is the biggest shame in this whole story. At the end of the day, who was really hurt by all of this? Instead, we begin to question everything about this kid from his motives to his sexuality. So let’s say that he is gay and he was trying to cover it up for Heisman voters and NFL teams, then shame on them. For a league that has ex-rapists and murderers put on pedestals, does it really matter about Te’o sexual preference? Again, this just shows how shallow of a society we’ve become.
If Te’o is drafted by my favorite team, the Chicago Bears, do you really think I care about all of this nonsense? I want this guy to perform on the football field. From what I can tell, being naive isn’t a crime. But our society and football fans certainly seem to want to make it one. For those fans that are all over this kid, remember, those that live in glass houses should not throw stones.