If you asked anyone to conjure up the craziest sports story possible this January, I don't think anyone could have come up with something as nuts as the Manti Te'o situation. His late girlfriend, the one who died of Leukemia, didn't exist? How could this be possible? After all, his girlfriend and grandmother dying within a span of 24 hours was one of the reasons he received so much Heisman consideration.
Well, I was the victim of an online female hoax when I was a freshman at Penn State 12 years ago. It obviously wasn't of this magnitude, but it's still something I'll never forget. I don't know if I want to go into the details - I may do so in the future - but I'll just say that I was pretty hurt by the situation. Even though I can't believe how naive I was in hindsight, I still feel for Te'o - but obviously only if it's true that he was fooled, as he claims.
However, there are so many things that don't add up. All of the discrepancies in the stories, including the meetings, visits and long phone calls... Te'o's dad's statement about her traveling to Hawaii when Te'o was there... Or as forum member Scar pointed out, how about the fact that Te'o didn't visit her once after he learned she had cancer? And what about never going to her grave site? So, he's either a liar or the worst boyfriend of all time.
Do you believe that this was a hoax? Or was he lying?
The question must be asked: Will this affect Te'o's draft stock? I'll have a more definitive answer soon hopefully after hearing from league sources, but for now, I'd have to think so.
If Te'o is lying, that's obviously terrible for his pro prospects. He'll be deemed a major character risk, though some team will take a chance on him (Bengals?). If this is just a hoax, however, some general managers may worry that he won't be respected in the locker room. He'll be the butt of every joke amongst his teammates, which is obviously not good.
Here's the thing though: I don't think we'll ever know for sure if Te'o conjured the entire thing up. How can he possibly prove that he was the victim of a terrible hoax? Yes, you're innocent until proven guilty in this country, but only in a court room. This does not apply to the court of public opinion; he needs to prove that he was duped because based on the tweets and message board posts I read throughout Wednesday evening, most people aren't buying Te'o's claim - so I doubt most teams will.
What do you think? Will this affect his draft stock?
I totally agree with your argument on some points. I would not take Trubisky in the first round. However, he is worth taking in later round though he wont make it pass the jets if the browns don't take him 1st overall. In the NFL today 1st rounders are expected to contribute immediately gone are the days of drafting a guy especially QB's and having him sit and learn. there are a few exceptions one being Rodgers who sat being farve and jimmy g who has sat behind brady. but the browns would better served not taking a QB at all this year. I would trade the first overall pick if I can to obtain more picks in next years draft to trade up if need be to obtain one of the many stud QB's in the 2018 draft. the jets are need a qb and im pretty sure they would trade the farm to have the opportunity to get a potential franchise guy. I would start Kessler he showed promise last season and deserves a fair shot osweiler is a sunk cost but the browns were smart in acquiring him as he is still young and hue Jackson is an offensive genius and can get the most out of any QB look at the drop off Dalton had last year without him. last year the browns were smart in trading their pick and I obtaining assets and it will payoff long term if thier owner doesnt botch it. they should do the same this year i know garrett is a clowney type talent and the browns should take him but they have many holes on the roster and due to thier history of being terrible it they wont be able to sign big time free agents unless they are players who are looking for a payday and dont really care about winning so they are forced to build through the draft which is smart because you will get players you want and can estahblish the culture of the locker room.