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Catfish? Manti's Character Called Into Question

At this point, you have probably read the article on Deadspin.com and have questioned Manti Te’o.

Manti Te’o galvanized the 2012 Notre Dame football season. But, the foundation that it was built on has crumbled.

Urban Dictionary defines “catfish” as “someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.”

Te’o has been a victim of a very sad and serious crime. He is not blameless. But, he is not the puppet master of an elaborate scheme to publicize himself in some sick way. For anyone who has followed the Notre Dame program since Te’o arrived in 2009 knows that he is not that type of person.

The accusations against Te’o read like a good conspiracy theory. They attempt to connect individuals through an online world that has already claimed it’s victim: Manti Te’o. It is difficult to take Te’o at his word because the story is so unbelievable. But the finger should not be solely pointed at him. It should be pointed at every journalist who took the story as gospel, hoping for better airtime or more pageviews.

There are questions that need answered. Dots that need to be connected. They will not be until Manti Te’o speaks in front of a national audience. But Jack Swarbrick showed this evening that Te’o was not at fault. Poor judgment maybe. But, this is another situation where people should not jump to conclusions like they did in September. If you have half of a brain, wait until all the facts are in.

Why would Notre Dame and Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick be rallying behind Te’o when he is no longer a student at the University? There is nothing in it for the Irish.

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