Lesson missed from Te'o fiasco
Dictionaries define fiasco as a “complete failure” a “sudden collapse” or a “violent collapse.” Arguably Manit Te’o was part of a fiasco. If you missed the story, Manti Te'o was a linebacker at the University of Notre Dame with high athletic and academic honors. This year Notre Dame played Alabama in the national championship game. Roll Tide. The game brought additional attention to athletes from both schools.
One of the stories that emerged was Te'o's exceptional play after the death of his grandmother and girlfriend. As it turned out, his “girlfriend” as a hoax. The hoax involved an online and telephone relationship with someone he had never met. As my high school buddies would have said, “He got played.” The girl seems to have been a boy orchestrating a hoax.
The national media ...