Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/16/13
The rumor-mill known as Deadspin dropped a bombshell of a story when they reported that Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and the inspiring tale of him playing through the death of his cancer-riddled girlfriend was actually a hoax. Not only was the story a hoax, they claim the so-called girlfriend never existed at all. This comes just a couple of weeks after Alabama’s thrashing of Notre Dame in the National Championship Game and the real beginning of 2013 NFL Draft speculation. Will this shocking story have an effect on the draft value of Te’o? Prior to Deadspin’s mind-blowing story on Wednesday, one of ESPN’s draft experts, Mel Kiper Jr. published his first NFL Mock Draft. Kiper doesn’t always know what he’s talking about, but he’s usually pretty close. Kiper had the Notre Dame linebacker with “elite athleticism” and “elite intangibles” going 8th overall to the Buffalo Bills in the upcoming draft. If the report is indeed true, you can’t help but think his value will drop a significant amount come spring-time. Not only do NFL teams shy away from character issues early in the draft, Te’o will take quite the public relations hit if this is confirmed. And in the end, the NFL is a business and must market their players, especially those taken highly in the draft. This is a story to keep an eye on, that’s for sure. What did you think of Deadspin’s report on Te’o? Let me know by commenting below. Nick Grays is a senior writer at the Sports Bank where he covers the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. He also enjoys to share Fantasy Advice and pretend to be a Golf expert from time-to-time. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here or visit his blog Nick Knows Best. If social media is not your thing, shoot him an email at grays@uwalumni.com. Pictures obtained from uhnd.com and latimes.com.
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