Check out this rather odd story about a college American football player called Manti Te’o. I chose to go with the BBC version because, to me, it hints best at the elephant in the room that most American media are not mentioning.
Let yours truly cut to the chase here.
Manti Te’o in collusion with or with the tacit nod from some officials from his college made up a phantom online girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, likely to keep prying eyes and minds at bay about his sexuality.
For an inexplicable reason, Te’o gave the girlfriend leukemia and announced that she was dead, thus ending the 3-year “relationship.” Then a nosy press man checked and found out that the girlfriend had never existed and it was all a hoax.
Why would a college student go to such lengths?
I did what most thinking people would do: put myself in Te’o's place.
The only conclusion I can come up with for this elaborate hoax (I don’t believe it that no Notre Dame official knew about the deception in the three years it happened) is that Te’o had a secret that required him to make up a make-believe internet girlfriend.
My small brain comes up with just one plausible explanation. Te’o knew he was gay and decided on the hoax to try and keep it a secret. He was able to “truly” grieve at her “death” because he was really crying about the pain he felt that he had to go to such ludicrous lengths to maintain his dark secret.
The ruse is extremely old and many a young man, including yours truly, has used it for exactly the reasons Te’o must have done: to fit in as well as hide his dark secret. What makes it noteworthy at all is that Te’o is still see-sawing from admitting he made it all up to saying that it was really true, Kekua existed.
Te’o dear. It’s over. The secret is out. I don’t know what kind of reception you will get from your teammates on whatever professional football team you end up on, but it’s now best to come clean and let the chips fall where they may. You are still young so you have your best life ahead of you. Make sure you enjoy it – living as truthfully as you can.
Good luck with your newly found worldwide fame.
- If Manti Te’o is gay
- Notre Dame Statement: Manti Te’o Was Victim Of A Hoax (chicago.cbslocal.com)
- Watch: Manti Te’o Fake Girlfriend Hoax: New Twists and Turns (abcnews.go.com)