While it features a prominent football player, the jaw-dropping story of what happened to Manti Te'o -- documented here by Deadspin -- isn't really a sports story. It goes well beyond that world.
Still, there is an important NFL angle to consider, and that pertains to the Heisman runner-up's stock for this April's draft. There's been a lot of buzz on Twitter that teams could reconsider drafting a guy who has been considered by many to be a surefire top-10 pick.
The reality, though, is that if anything at all should hurt his draft stock, it was Te'o's poor performance for Notre Dame in the BCS Title Game last Monday, not whether he either lied to the country about a "girlfriend" or was lied to about said "girlfriend" by others.
Those missed tackles he had against Alabama -- those matter. Not this. If you're an NFL executive or coach and you're thinking about this, you're thinking too much.
I hate to pile on if indeed Te'o is a victim, but the reality here is he either mad...