Manti Te’o – The Figurehead of a Fraudulent Institution
There’s a documentary called Catfish that follows the plot of a filmmaker who is infatuated with a young woman he has met on Facebook (admittedly, I’m sure I’m butchering a few details here, but you’ll get the point). The film follows the young man and his crew as they make the trip to eventually meet the woman on the other side of the internet only to find out that a vast, entangled web of lies awaits. The woman is not real. Her family and friends are a hoax. There is no truth to the foundation of the relationship. As I watched the movie with WifeYouCrazy and one of her pals it built with the type of suspense that is typically reserved for slasher flicks. And then it all breaks down in an anti-climactic, but still disturbing, descent.
If you haven’t seen the movie, MTV now has a spinoff teen-ified version bouncing around as a TV show. Or you could just read up on the hoax that is Manti Te’o. He is the plot of Catfish.
Stop right here, go read this, then return.
On many levels this is a sadly appropriate representation of Notre Dame football. The team proved to be a fraudulent National Championship contender on January 7th after a season of hushed disgrace in the form of allegations of cover-ups of sexual assaults. Manti Te’o, the figurehead of Notre Dame’s “Official Return to Prominence Campaign: Version 2.0” is a fraud, a snake and from what I glean from this tale total scum.
If you read this story and can find a way that Manti Te’o was not in on it, please let me know. Because I’ve read it twice and listened to various commentaries on the subject in the last half hour, and nobody can find that loophole that would seem to render him spotless. Except, of course, for Notre Dame. The University issued this statement:
On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te’o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.
I might buy that press release if Manti hadn’t paraded around the whole country looking like a buffoon and speaking of his own woe.
I might buy the press release if I believed anything that Notre Dame said. But, I guess it is a step in the right direction for the administration to start recognizing “victims.”
I might buy this statement if it wasn’t so blatantly obvious that Manti got caught in a “one lie leads to another” situation and continued to ride (or surf) the wave of popularity it brought.
Someone asked me earlier if I believed the Deadspin write-up. Absolutely. Why would I believe Manti? I wouldn’t even draft him.
That’s all I got/