I can’t take it anymore…
Not that I’m mad as hell or anything, but the only thing more ridiculous than the ridiculous tale of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is the ridiculous, lame news coverage of his fake dead girlfriend story.
Ad nauseam news coverage.
Here’s what gets me.
For all the ESPN and Katie Couric interviews and blogger reporting, nobody’s been able to cut to the chase and pin Te’o down with the truly tough questions and followup questions. Couric tried.
But why not totally nail him on how her could spend four years in a “relationship” with someone without making face-to-face contact? And not date anybody else? Or did he? Who? Why not ask at least?
And in an age where 14 year-old girls regularly use Skype or FaceTime to video conference, it’s one thing for Te’o to tell Couric he got a black screen trying to FaceTime the imaginary girlfriend, but how many times over four years did he try?
How could he buy into that she was the only person in the free world unable to make a FaceTime hookup work? After how many tries?
Or how about, did they ever have phone sex?
The only thing that makes any sense is Te’o is gay.
Or dumb as a rock, but then how’d he did get into Notre Dame? And what’s so awful about being gay anyway?
CNN‘s Anderson Cooper had an ESPN sports hack on last night who said he’d just spent two and one half hours grilling Te’o. Yet after all that, the dude still didn’t have a clue.
“I think he’s probably gay,” says Ann Thompson, a 30-something marketing rep. “And either he was presented with the opportunity to have a fake girlfriend without having to deliver on any of the behaviors of being in a heterosexual relationship – without having to engage with her face to face and play the part of being straight – or he was in on it.”
If Te’o really totally dumb, “The hoax gave him the perfect cover with the least amount of faking it required,” Thompson says. “So for him it was a win-win. Why would he press to have a face to face with her?”
The flip side of that equation:
“If he was part of the hoax all bets are off,” Thompson says. “But either way he’s probably gay.”
Which is probably the last thing Te’o will ever admit. Not if he wants to bank millions playing in the NFL.
Because as online gay pub The Advocate says, “Although some (NFL players) have come out after leaving, there is not a single out player in all of pro team sports.”
Can we move on now? Probably not but…