If you recall, Te’o made headlines for mourning a dead girlfriend who didn’t exist. NFL scouts weary of Te’o’s distracting presence in the NFL locker room declined to draft the former Heisman candidate who had a terrible showing in the NFL Combines in February.
A male friend later stepped forward to say he pretended to be Te’o’s dead girlfriend for 3 years because he was in love with him. This led to rampant speculation that Te’o himself was gay. “Teams want to know whether Manti Te’o is gay,” Florio said. “They just want to know. They want to know because in an NFL locker room, it’s a different world. It shouldn’t be that way.”