Star Linebacker for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and future NFL star Manti Te’o has been in the news lately for something completely un-football related. There are rumors going around that the Te’o made up a story about his girlfriend, who was supposedly a Stanford student, and someone Te’o had never actually met in person, passing away of Leukemia. He told his coaches and media about her, but it seems as it was all a hoax to gain attention and put him in the spotlight. Though some people believe that Te’o was set up and thought he was really talking to someone online, it seems as it really was a way for Te’o, who was a Heisman candidate, made it all up to get some press coverage. This is humorous to me, as it seems like a twisted tail of a show that is gaining huge popularity on MTV called Catfish. This show is based of a documentary of which a man met a woman online, and when he drove to meet her, it ended up being a 40 year old lady. The man now has his own show and helps people meet the people they talk to online for the first time, and in the majority of the episodes, the person they are talking to, are actually people pretending to be someone besides themselves.
Why someone would pull his stunt on Manti, or even if he made it up himself, is puzzling to a lot of people. It has been on ESPN now stop the last few days, and if you ask me, I would have to say someone got their wish; Manti Te’o getting mass media coverage.