By now, you’ve probably seen hundreds of tweets, Facebook posts and other stories about the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax, as originally reported by Deadspin. There have been official statements release by both Te’o and Notre Dame taking the position that Te’o was the victim of this hoax. And of course, there are people insinuating (or even directly accusing) that Te’o was in on the hoax the entire time. To say this is an odd story would quite an understatement!
So, I want to know what the sports business community really thinks. Please answer the poll below, and if you have any particularly strong reasons for your opinion, feel free to share in the comments.
Was Manti Te'o a victim or in on it?
- In on it (73%, 55 Votes)
- Victim (27%, 20 Votes)
Total Voters: 75
What round will Manti Te'o be drafted in?
- First (41%, 27 Votes)
- Second (36%, 24 Votes)
- Third or later (23%, 15 Votes)
Total Voters: 66
What impact will this have on Te'o's marketability?
- Some short-term damage (66%, 44 Votes)
- Permanent long-term damage (33%, 22 Votes)
- None (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 67
Results: Seems like a majority of people feel that Te’o was in on this hoax to some degree, but it’s not enough of a negative to knock him out of the first round or have a long-term impact on his marketability.