Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/24/13
So now that Manti Te'o has received the blessing of the Media stooges who praised him for his 'conduct' in his pre combine workout press conference, I suppose that means we are supposed to automatically accept him as an honest and forthright individual who is nothing more than victim of a cruel hoax. Well, speaking for myself, I'm not satisfied. This guy's got as many excuses as a politician. And just like our governmental examples of high integrity, he takes no responsibility for his own action and behaviors. I agree with him and his families assertions that he was young, stupid, naive, trusting, scared, cowardly, etc. in the way he dealt with the death of "The Love of his Life". That's based on giving him the benefit of the doubt that he wasn't directly involved in the entire hoax to begin with.He adamantly refuses to even admit he's lied about anything. But he admits to having 'misled' his parents about meeting the 'girl friend' on multiple occasions. And we don't even know when he lied about that. Was it before he 'learned' about her death on September 11 2012, or after? It's no small point. If it was after, the lie is bigger. If it was before, it might just prove that he was trying to protect himself from looking like the fool he ended up looking like. But if it was before the 'death', why did he even announce the death when it allegedly happened? I mean, if you're so embarrassed about having never met 'the love of your life' that you're lying to the most important people in the world to you about it, then isn't it logical - even to the biggest of fools - not to say anything about it to the national media when that person allegedly dies altogether? If HE said nothing, we would be none the wiser. In his press conference today he actually defended the 'perpetrator' of the hoax. He talked about forgiveness and how much his perpetrator's family has suffered. Really? Now he's Saint Manti? He's defending the guy who has damaged his reputation, image and very life with what many would consider to be criminal actions? There's an old saying "There's something rotten in Denmark". The phrase means "things are unsatisfactory; there is something wrong."But even with all of the unanswered questions, which should be easy enough to substantiate one way or another, via cell phone records, facebook, twitter and the rest of the loggable records that are readily accounted for; there has been no answer to the question "Why"?Why did you lie Manti? Why did you even go down this road publicly in a way that has brought this warranted public scrutiny breathing down your neck? Why did you willingly paint a picture of a real relationship with a woman you had never even met? Why? We're Americans. We love to forgive. But we're not as stupid as the media paints us to be. We know you lied. We just want to know why?Is because you can't get a real girl? After all, it must be tough to get a real one when you're the All American football player from Notre Dame on the fast track to the NFL. Is it because you knew she was fake way before her alleged death and you were so completely humiliated that you let it spiral out of control? I could buy that. I could believe that. Why? Because as you excuse yourself as young, stupid, naive, trusting, scared, cowardly, etc.; those are legitimate reasons I can understand, accept and forgive. But at this point you're still covering up whatever motive it was that drove you to do what you've done. You've given us nothing but more smoke and mirrors. I for one don't want to see you on my team. I want to love the guys on my team. I want to know that they're real men with real character. Because that's what builds championships and breeds fan trust and loyalty.  
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