As the man at the center of a hoax, Manti Te’o has yet to speak to the media about the controversy as he trains in Florida with many other draft-eligible players. On Thursday, Manti cancelled an interview scheduled with ESPN during which he would have reportedly told his side of the story.
Everyone is still waiting for the unanimous All American to sit in front of a camera or two and explain his position in all of this, many feel he owes the public and his school an explanation.
Among those commenting on the story was Mike Golic, former Irish player and father of two of Manti’s teammates who said he was “very shocked” by the news.
“I mean, really, really an incredible story. Still seems to be so many unanswered questions, I mean I know what Notre Dame has said and I know what Manti had a statement. I know he’s gonna be interviewed as well to talk more about it, but it just seems now there are a lot of unanswered questions about it that hopefully those answers can get filled in so people can get a better picture of what really went on.”
Golic made a point to note how Manti is handling the news on his own in Florida, with no team or Notre Dame community in his immediate presence to support him.
“If he were still at Notre Dame I’m sure all the teammates would certainly be around him physically there. But since he’s kind of off on his own now it’s a little more difficult.”
Like Golic, many of Manti’s teammates are backing him up on Twitter and Facebook. But as Golic said, even though they are offering support, “it’s certainly different when you’re not in the same building.”