Notre Dame wants Manti Te’o to speak publicly
STAFF REPORT January 18, 2013 2:40PM
Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick speaks to reporters during an NCAA college football news conference regarding a hoax involving linebacker Manti Te'o on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame issued a release Wednesday saying a story about Te'o's girlfriend dying, which he said inspired him to play better as he helped the Fighting Irish get to the BCS title game, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
Updated: January 18, 2013 3:24PM
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick wants Manti Te’o to come out and tell his side of the story, “sooner rather than later.”
Speaking during a regularly scheduled weekly podcast on Friday, Swarbrick said he believes Te’o has to explain exactly what happened and how he was duped during the elaborate hoax that involved his dead girlfriend.
“I don’t have any specific knowledge as to how and when, but I can’t fathom a circumstance where it doesn’t,” Swarbrick said of Te’o coming forward. “I sort of share everybody’s view that it has to happen. We are certainly encouraging it to happen. We think it’s important and we’d like to see it happen sooner rather than later.”
Swarbrick said the Te’o family had planned to go public on Monday before Deadspin.com broke the story on Wednesday.
“Sometimes the best laid plans don’t quite work,” he said, “and this was an example of that. Because the family lost the opportunity in some ways to control the story.”
Swarbrick knows there is more to the story than what the school knows, but still believes the Notre Dame linebacker was the victim. However, he understands the skepticism blanketing the convoluted hoax.
“They have every right to say that,” Swarbrick said. “Now, I have some more information than they have. But they have every right to say that. I don’t feel any sort of ill will toward that position. If I was on the outside of this presented with the only facts I have at this point — and importantly at the time we’re recording this Manti has yet to speak publicly — I think that skepticism is easy to understand. I just ask those people to apply the same skepticism to everything about this.
“I have no doubt the perpetrators have a story they will yet spin about what went on here. I hope skepticism also greets that when they’re articulating what that is.”