Teams want to know whether Manti Te’o is gay. They just want to know. They want to know because in an NFL locker room, it’s a different world. It shouldn’t be that way.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports told the
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Consider what happened on Friday night at the start of one NFC team’s 15-minute interview with Tyler Eifert, the former Notre Dame tight end who is considered a possible first-round selection.
To kick things off, the team’s head coach asked Eifert, “Do you have a girlfriend?”
“Yes,” Eifert responded.
“Is she real?” the coach shot back.
Eifert – and everyone else – burst into laughter.
This is what football has come to for Te’o, a man whose tale of a deceased girlfriend once generated sympathy – and who now must navigate his way through a controversy that won’t die.
I wasn’t faking it. I wasn’t part of this. … When (people) hear the facts, they’ll know. They’ll know that there is no way that I could be part of this.
I think that might finish the calls for today… I give up.
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Notre Dame Statement: Manti Te’o
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.