ESPN’s Shelley Smith interviewed a woman who claims to have heard Ronaiah Tuiasosopo confess to duping Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o into believing he had a genuine relationship with a woman who died of leukemia.
Her account is compelling because it indicates Te'o was really hustled and not in on the lie, which is widely contested, even in the original Deadspin report. Outside the Lines also interviewed two people who claim their cousin was victim of a similar hoax by Tuiasosopo in 2008.
The important point here is that even if Te’o was gamed, to be on the business end of a joke as strange as this one is no less embarrassing.
There’s one lady who knows the truth about Lance Armstrong and she’s brazen:
My chat with Betsy, conducted before LA's semi-confession. Gotta respect the woman who told Lance Camp: "Kiss my ass." tinyurl.com/bxsruh2— Austin Murphy (@si_austinmurphy) January 18, 2013
Andy Reid gave Chip Kelly advice before the former Oregon coach landed with the Eagles.
Meanwhile, the NFL acknowledged the disappointing lack of diversity in hiring coaches and general managers. Here’s a statement from NFL executive V.P. of human resources Robert Gulliver:
“While there has been full compliance with the interview requirements of the Rooney Rule and we wish the new head coaches and general managers much success, the hiring results this year have been unexpected and reflect a disappointing lack of diversity. The Rooney Rule has been a valuable tool in expanding diversity and inclusion in hiring practices, but there is more work to do, especially around increasing and strengthening the pipeline of diverse candidates for head coach and senior football executive positions. We have already started the process of developing a plan for additional steps that will better ensure more diversity and inclusion on a regular basis in our hiring results. We look forward to discussing these steps with our advisers to ensure that our employment, development and equal opportunity programs are both robust and successful.”
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is in trouble. He was indicted on 21 corruption charges that included wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. Nagin was the controversial New Orleans mayor when Hurricane Katrina hit the area in 2005.
House Republican leaders are looking to pass a three-month extension to the federal borrowing authority
Usher and Pharrell talk “The Voice” with E!
Tyga has this video for “Dope” featuring Rick Ross: