Has Manti Te’o put the “catfishing” story behind him?
The former Notre Dame linebacker held a major press conference at the NFL Combine, last week, and addressed concerns over the fake girlfriend hoax that captivated the nation.
By most indications, he handled himself well. The question was whether NFL teams should be concerned about trust, and whether he’s mentally tough.
I say it’s simple — he’ll move on.
If Ray Lewis can move on to a Hall of Fame-type career after being involved in a murder investigation, Te’o can move past a hoax story.
I’m glad Te’o got the big press conference over with, though I wish he’d done it sooner.
Still, the whole thing has become ridiculous. Drug users have played well in the NFL, as have spouse abusers and others with far bigger problems than an imaginary girlfriend. Te’o is none of those. He got mixed up in a hoax. And that’s going to keep him out of the NFL?
If anything is to keep him from his destiny, it won’t be his head or his heart. It would only be his feet. End of story.