Te’o conspiracy theory: Is he gay?

Is Manti Te’o gay?

Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage brought this up in an article Thursday, and the more I think about it, the more I think this may be the most logical explanation to this bizarre story involving a fake dead girlfriend.

Those who know me know that I don’t look down on homosexuality. I’ve had a lot of good friends throughout the years who were gay. Some were open about it. Others kept it secret for years because they were afraid (though it was obvious to me and others they were gay).

So when I question if Te’o is gay, I’m not doing so in a derogatory way. I’m just posing a believable, yet bizarre scenario.

Te’o is Mormon and had built a lot of his image on faith. I remember a Mormon going to a Catholic school being an interesting topic of discussion when he signed with Notre Dame, but it seemed to be accepted. Having two religions in his life that condemn homosexuality would make it necessary for Te’o to hide his sexual orientation if he was indeed gay.

Being a star football player may have added a lot to his dilemma. Let’s be honest – a player like Te’o probably had co-eds throwing themselves at him on a regular basis. If he was rejected these advances on a regular basis, that would raise some flags, especially amongst his teammates.

So what would be the best excuse to give for his refusal to partake in one of the benefits of being a star athlete? Having a girlfriend of course.

Now the smart thing to do would have been to find a close friend who knew his secret and agreed to play in his charade. Because this wasn’t the case, it makes this theory a bit unbelievable.

However, let’s say a friend gave him the idea of creating a fake girlfriend. It would seem to be an insane idea, but maybe Te’o thought it was a foolproof plan.

There would still be some issues that popped up. Namely, why wouldn’t she come to campus to see Te’o, especially as he gained in fame?

Maybe she was in a car accident and her injuries preventing her from traveling to see him.

But wouldn’t she heal from those injuries?

Well now she has leukemia and can’t come to Notre Dame because she is fighting for her life.

In this scenario, the questions would still mount as time went on. Maybe those questions started getting a little too close for comfort for Te’o. Maybe he came to the conclusion that he could use sympathy for a push at the Heisman.

Whatever the reason, Te’o could have made the decision to have Kekua die. That would answer her absence during Te’o’s march towards major awards, or hell, it might even help.

This theory seems a bit bizarre, but then again, isn’t this whole story? Do you honestly believe Te’o could be so dumb that he was duped this whole time? I certainly don’t.

Now that this story is out, it won’t be long before some of the best investigative journalists discover if he was in on the scheme. If that happens, he has some serious decisions to make.

Say this theory is true and Te’o is in fact gay. His choices would be this: have the entire world think he was a sleazeball for creating a girl in hopes of earning sympathy, or coming out and saying he did it to hide his homosexuality.

I am not Mormon, so I have no idea how difficult that choice would be for him. I can’t imagine the repercussions would be good.

Beyond his religion, he’d have to deal with distain of future teammates in the NFL, as well as a large portion of the country. I think we saw with the Chik-Fil-A situation last summer that there millions of people that view homosexuality as a sin.

However, this could also be a watershed moment in sports. There hasn’t been a star athlete every come out of the closet in this country. Te’o could be the first, and become a hero to millions.

As I write this blog, I believe this theory to be true. I think Te’o is gay and this was his idea to hide it. Now, he’s in deep shit.

His religion likely will be the reason why he will keep up the story of being duped. He will be thought of as a horrible person by half the country, and a complete moron by the rest. Unfortunately, that would be the terrible price for hiding his sexual orientation.

Does anyone share in my belief in this theory?

Mad Ramblings

• So my Bears hired a coach from the CFL to replace Lovie Smith. I’m not sure how I feel about this. It’s either going to be a brilliant decision or one that will set the franchise back for years.

• So now that my playoff predictions are collapsing (save for SF), here are my new ones:

NFC: San Francisco 31, Atlanta 20

AFC: Baltimore 27, New England 24

SB: San Francisco over Baltimore

• After finishing Breaking Bad, I decided the next series to start was Game of Thrones. I had to suspend my Netflix account and sign up for HBO (though I got three months free through U-verse!). So far, it has been worth it.

I’ve made it through 12 of the series’ 20 episodes, and it’s a pretty good show. It’s easy to get some of the characters confused, but luckily, Game of Thrones Wiki helps keep things straight for me.

• Finally, to end this blog on a funny note, the Obama administration rejected a petition for the U.S. to begin building a Death Star by 2016.

This response by the White House’s science and space branch was absolutely amazing, especially the main reasons:

The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.

The Administration does not support blowing up planets.

Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

The truth – maybe the Obama administration was worried the Tea Party would become the Rebel Alliance. Hmmmm… #moreconspiracytheories

Bear Down and Keep the Faith!


About Joshua Buckley

I used to be a Sports Editor. Now I'm the Media Relations Manager at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.


3 thoughts on “Te’o conspiracy theory: Is he gay?

  1. Not following football or the Te’o story before any of this, I have no idea whether to believe he’s gay or not, but it’s certainly not a far-fetched theory.

    If he is, I wouldn’t be so quick to label him a “sleazeball,” either. Having an imaginary dead girlfriend is far, far better than having a REAL girlfriend, marrying her and having kids to keep up the charade, only to get divorced after a few years when you’re arrested for getting it on with a dude in a highway rest stop.

    And whether he’s gay or not, he’s young enough and (from what I gather) a good enough player to have a career and for this to eventually blow over and for him to bounce back. I mean, it’s not like he killed a real person driving drunk or ran a dog fighting ring…

    It would be amazing for a gay athlete to come out in his prime in a mainstream sport instead of waiting until his career is over. But given the Mormon-kid-at-a-Catholic-school angle, I highly doubt it’ll happen. He’ll have to get shoved out of the closet, probably by an overzealous journalist or blogger or a bitter one-night stand.

    Posted by Brian | January 17, 2013, 4:14 pm
    • Labeling him a sleazeball would only be if he made it up the story for another reason other than being gay. For instance, if he did it for publicity or something.

      I think if he did come out of the closet, it would blow over for the most part after a while. Unfortunately, any homophobic teammates would still have issues with it, which could negatively affect his career.

      Posted by Joshua Buckley | January 17, 2013, 4:25 pm
      • Agreed. There will always be fans who taunt, heckle or yell “fag,” and there will be teammates who say stupid shit. But I bet it’d be a nonissue for most after the initial media firestorm.

        Posted by Brian | January 17, 2013, 4:44 pm

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