Former Notre Dame defensive lineman Justin Tuck has an ever-lasting love for his alma matter, and that encompasses players like linebacker Manti Te'o, whom he helped recruit to South Bend. But that doesn't mean the New York Giants defensive captain wears blinders when it comes to situations like the one Te'o currently finds himself. In fact, Tuck sees the craziness in the situation just like the rest of us do.
"Crazy," Tuck said on Tuesday at a Garden of Dreams charity event at Madison Square Garden. "You want to reserve your judgment on anything until all the facts are out but it’s just a crazy, crazy, crazy thing."
The story hasn't gotten any less crazy as the days wear on. If anything, the tale has gotten even wilder with Te'o admitting to Katie Couric that he lied about certain aspects of his "girlfriend," and even expressing willingness to provide a receipt from 1-800-FLOWERS for her funeral in hopes of proving he was also duped by the hoaxer.
"Obviously for him, like he said, it’s an embarrassing thing. I know Te'o, I helped recruit him and I know that he’s one of the nicest guys I ever met in a football uniform. So I believe him when he says he doesn’t have anything do with it," Tuck said. "He was just that gullible. And I think he’s embarrassed with the fact that he’s just that gullible. That lets you know how nice of a guy he is and how genuinely real of a guy he is."
It's still hard to say whether or not Te'o was aware of this hoax from the start, but it's certainly not an enviable situation either way. And now that Te'o has admitted to lying about it (at least to a certain degree), it begs the question: Why didn't Notre Dame acknowledge that in their initial press release?
Whatever the case may be, this story is a long way from over … and still a long way from the truth. But like Tuck suggests, we must all reserve our judgment until every fact is made public.
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