After hearing Manti Te’o’s comments on Katie Couric’s show yesterday, I have formulated an alternative opinion on the actual goal of the hoax. I no longer think goal was to help Manti win the Heisman. I think they conspired to help launch Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s acting career.
In his interview Te’o went out of his way to say that if the woman’s voice he was talking to was indeed Tuiasosopo’s he would have to be really talented to pull it off for so many months. Doesn’t it seem like an odd quote from a guy who has just seen his own career and reputation damaged by a “friend’s” hoax?
As this goofy story takes turn after turn, I think it is completely plausible that Te’o went along with the hoax to help his goofy buddy land an acting gig. He’s already auditioned for “The Voice” and you can bet he will get air time when the new season begins, even if they didn’t plan to show his audition before the hoax was revealed.
When it is all said and done, I think the goal of this hoax was intended to help BOTH of their causes, but when the dust settles, Te’o will be worse for the wear and Tuisasosopo will be the one the media covets!
Jakie Pepper talked to a ND teammate of Te’0:
The sports world suffered a twitter-breaking case of shock and awe today withDeadspin’s piece detailing what appears to be the phony story concocted about the late girlfriend of Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te’o. While the American public and the media sure felt duped, one of Te’o’s teammates wasn’t surprised, telling PepperOnSports.com that the players on the Fighting Irish football team smelled something fishy back in September 2012.
The Notre Dame football player, who asked for anonymity, told Pepper On Sports, “No we all knew he had only seen her once. But when the media was saying how he went through both deaths we knew,” said the source, referring to the back-to-back deaths of Te’o’s grandmother and girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who allegedly died of Leukemia.