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!