This is a crisis of character for Manti Te'o. Scouts around the NFL and people around the country are wondering what Manti Te'o is made of. They wonder if his judgment and character are as non-existent as Lennay Kekua. I hope he figures it out and proves them wrong.
Our faculty spend endless hours searching for ways to teach today's college students about honor and integrity, about the importance of embracing an honor system that abhors lying, cheating and stealing. Armstrong is the latest poster boy for dishonorable behavior.
In effect, the NCAA has changed its philosophy from socialism to capitalism. It has changed its system from being state-run to the free market. Now, how will this affect Notre Dame? Will Notre Dame be willing to spend the money to compete with the football factories?
This story can be spun in dozens of ways. But one thing clearly emerges for me: Humans are vulnerable; we create our reality indirectly, using words and images, building on dreams. By our nature, our language permits the twinned characteristics of fiction and deception.
Manti Te'o's numerous comments on his girlfriend to varying media outlets have seemed to contradict each other. And Deadspin.com's lengthy report suggests that Te'o is not a victim of anyone but his own wrongdoing. The following are 10 questions I would like to ask Manti Te'o.
If the Notre Dame linebacker at the center of the "girlfriend hoax" story indeed constructed an elaborate cover story for his gay closet, as so many gay men do in worlds that demand they be heterosexual, the emotional jolt of humiliation and embarrassment at being exposed will be overwhelming.