Does anyone care about the Manti Te’o story anymore? For a scandal that was described as one of the biggest in sports history, it sure seems like everyone in the world has moved on. The consensus opinion now is that Te’o really was a victim, even if he played things up a bit near the end, and the guy behind the hoax (and anyone else who may have assisted him) is a dick and probably not worthy of our attention — which seems to be what he craves.
Before we move on completely, though, there’s still the matter of a public statement from Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind the curtain. He’s remained silent over the past few weeks, but he finally agreed to an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw.
We’ll spare you all the boring details and just get right to the only two questions that anyone cares about. Dr. Phil covered them both in an interview on NBC’s Today this morning, during which he hyped the to-be-aired interview.
First, was Te’o in on the hoax in any way? Dr. Phil says Tuiasosopo swore to him that Te’o was a victim and played no part in duping the public because he himself was so duped. That doesn’t really explain how Te’o could be stupid enough to fall for someone he’d never actually met in person, but we’ll probably never get an answer to that question. Love makes people do stupid things, I guess.
Second, Dr. Phil asked Tuiasosopo why he invested to much time into a relationship with a male football player.
“Was this a romantic relationship with you?,” Dr. Phil asked him.
“Are you then therefore gay?”
“When you put it that way, yes. I am confused.”
So, there you have it. He’s just a young, gay man who fell in love with a studly football player and decided the best way to act on his love was to invest hundreds of hours impersonating a woman and crafting a literally unbelievable story about how she died of leukemia.
Can we all move on now?