We believe homophobia to be the exclusive territory of diehards, the people who wave signs that “God Hates Fags” or broadcast their revulsion through a microphone outside Old Navy on State Street. We label them as “crazy” and quickly look away.
For a college football program seeking redemption after years of underperforming, Te’o wasn’t just their star. He was their symbol. But this Wednesday, Deadspin revealed that Manti Te’o’s “tragic dead girlfriend” story was a hoax.