You have probably heard about Manti Te’o, Notre Dame’s Heisman Trophy candidate, whose dying girlfriend turned out to involve an on-line relationship with a woman who didn’t exist. Now he is being accused of knowingly participating in the hoax to take advantage of the sob-story to give him publicity. Some people are saying this is going to hurt him in the draft, with NFL teams not wanting to take him with this humiliating baggage. Finally Te’o has told his side of the story to ESPN.
I have no problem believing that the young man started an online relationship with someone he thought was sick and calling her his girlfriend, even though he never met her in person. And that it turned out to be a prank by an acquaintance of his–well, this is the virtual world that many people live in. [Read more...]