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.