The Manti Te’o hoax and Lance Armstrong hoax appear to reflect the nature of not just two men, but of many men. Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah that “I didn’t feel bad, I didn’t think it was wrong and I didn’t feel like I was cheating,” reported the Daily Mail on Jan. 17, 2013.
The explanation for the hoax and the doping deceit that Lance Armstrong gave to “chat show queen” Oprah during Monday’s taped interview in Lance Armstrong’s hometown of Texas sounds like words that Manti Te’o might have to borrow from Lance Armstrong some day in the future.
“I didn’t feel bad, I didn’t think it was wrong and I didn’t feel like I was cheating.”
Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah that “he doped in some form for each of his seven Tour de France victories, saying that he used testosterone, blood transfusions and a performance enhancing drug called EPO.”
Unlike Lance Armstrong’s public confession about his doping hoax, the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax story is still developing.
On Jan. 17, 2013, the Washington Post published a detailed timeline of who, what, when, where, how, and why Manti Te’o said something about the alleged girlfriend that died of leukemia.
“All-American linebacker Manti Te’o talked to, and about, someone posing as Lennay Kekua online and on the phone in late 2011 and 2012. After media were told Kekua died of leukemia last September, Te’o talked about her with reporters numerous times. This is a chronology of how the fake girlfriend story grew, based primarily on Te’o’s comments in social media and interviews.”
One of the last quotes provided by the Washington Post in the article “Timeline of Manti Te’o quotes in girlfriend hoax story” are the words that Manti Te’o said on Dec. 8, 2012.
“Dec. 8 — South Bend television station WSBT shoots video of Te’o saying in a pre-Heisman interview in New York, ‘I lost both my grandparents and my girlfriend to cancer.’ That’s two days after the date given by Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick for when Te’o found out about the hoax.”
Why would Manti Te’o continue to talk about his girlfriend two days after it had already been made public that the girlfriend story was a hoax?
The most likely explanation is the same explanation that Lance Armstrong gave to Oprah, “I didn’t feel bad, I didn’t think it was wrong and I didn’t feel like I was cheating.”
Undoubtedly, one cannot compare Lance Armstrong’s doping hoax with the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax. The consequences of Lance Armstrong’s actions affect an international sports community that has been deceived. The consequences of the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax will most likely stay on a national level and will not have hurt anyone seriously.
Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o are unfortunate to be public figures and “not think, not feel, not think.”
There are many more men out there that do not “think, feel, think.” How about the men who leave their little children behind by running off to do whatever they desire to do. How about the men who beat their wives, engage in drug abuse, or merely just have a girlfriend on the side.
Yes, there are women who do not “think, feel, think” sufficiently to function as responsible adults. But does it occur as often as with men?
Which leaves the question about why Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o, just like some other men, get involved in a hoax or irresponsible behavior.
Men at times don’t “think, feel, think” because they are guided by what they need, not what someone else needs.
Lance Armstrong was guided by what he needed which was to win. Manti Te’o was guided by what he needed which the public really doesn’t know yet. Maybe Manti Te’o needed a girlfriend so he created one or just used the one that was created for him; only Manti Te’o really knows.
Maybe it is time for Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o (and for many other men) to start to “think, feel, think” about others and leave any “hoax” behavior behind.
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