Dr. Phil’s interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo begins today and the teasers have made it plain where this story is going.
Manti Te’o was not in on the hoax, according to the man who says he impersonated the voice of Te’o’s fictional girlfriend Lennay Kukkua. Read: Manti Te’o story is one of deception, but whose?
He was in love, uncertain and confused about how to deal with sexual desires that he feared to express.
Why should we not take them for the truth?
We are familiar with how these situations unfold. The initial reports, the shock, the speculation and theories are all over the map.
Stories both factual and false are revealed in the never ending drip of the faucet, until things are sorted out.
No one has contradicted Manti Te’o’s recounting of his story during the interview with Katie Couric.
While some anonymous members of the Notre Dame community speculated early on that Te’o might have been part of a deliberate attempt to fool the public, not one has come forward since.
With what is expected to be a gut wrenching and tearfully awkward interview on Dr. Phil, the man responsible will make admissions that no one in their right mind would make if they weren’t true.
What does this man have to gain by lying about anything, and yet conspiracy theorists will still insist he is full of excrement.
There are still those who doubt that children were gunned down in Newtown and express it freely on chat boards and in comment sections of news sites.
Compared to that this is a non-event, and it won’t surprise anyone, or almost anyone if Te’o still has to face non-believers.
We can all wonder how long Manti Te’o knew about the hoax and why someone would have bought it for so long.
What we’ll wonder about today dwarfs that by a mile. There will be some that accept it on face value.
Those will be folks who understand the continued stigma of coming out as a gay man in a world that doesn’t celebrate it.
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo was caught in a virtual Bermuda Triangle of circumstances. A football background in a religious and ethnic culture that frowned on that sort of thing.
The opportunity for redemption exists and Manti Te’o could be the key. Embrace the “It Gets Better” initiative that supports the anti-gay bullying. Couple it with public forgiveness of the man who made you a national joke.
For Tuiasosopo, it is more difficult. How much more does he want to put himself in a public position to be scorned? Perhaps it will be addressed with Dr. Phil.