You could be forgiven if you lost faith in sports this week. Between the Lance Armstrong doping admission and this front page mess of a story, it was a disaster.
Did you enjoy the uplifiting story, the tale of a man who responded to adversity by becoming one of the top players of the game? If so, stop reading.
I linked to this story on a Leftover Links post but I had NO clue it would dominate news feeds for days. What’s the big deal? Now, a denial that Te’o denies he was part of the hoax.
Manti Te’o — one of the best defenders this season in college football — defended himself in an ESPN interview, saying there was no way he was part of a hoax involving a deceased girlfriend.
“I wasn’t faking it,” Te’o told ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap in an off -camera interview highlighted on the network Friday night. “I wasn’t part of this.”
As he and his team excelled, Te’o told interviewers in September and October that his grandmother and girlfriend — whom he described as a 22-year-old Stanford University student — had died within hours of each other.
The twin losses inspired him to honor them with sterling play on the field, Te’o said. He led his team to a 20-3 routing of Michigan State after he heard the news.
The fairy tale story ended Wednesday when sports website Deadspin published a piece dismissing as a hoax the existence of Te’o's girlfriend and suggesting he was complicit.
I’m scratching my head with questions. But you know what? Te’o, Te-e-e’o. Daylight come and me wanna go home…
Meanwhile, after years of lying about doping, even SUING people who were actually telling the truth, Lance may not be able to stop lying.
If you wish, you might explain the relevance of this nonsense in the comments. And while you’re at it, you might explain the mystery of idolizing sports figures. It’s a mystery to me.
Be skeptical. As always. In everything.