Found May 05, 2013 on Football Nation:
We all know that the media is well known for blowing stories out of proportion, and this couldn't be any more the case than with Manti Te'o and the fake dead girlfriend saga. Te'o was the emotional leader for the Fighting Irish and won several awards for his efforts. He was a very good player that did one of two things; got duped by a professional con-artist, or made up a fake girlfriend for whatever reason. Neither of which are criminal offenses. Guys have done much worse and gone into the league and have done nice things. Let's not forget that Ray Lewis was involved in a nightclub murder case and everyone seemed to forget about that. Te'o is a quiet, low-key guy off the field who never went out around South Bend. He's an ideal player to come in and make a difference without having to worry about alcohol, drugs, and partying hindering his ability to be on the field. Can we just get over the fake girlfriend? In the whole scheme of things, it's really not ...
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