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There are so many things swirling around my head right now that it's hard to grab one thought and convey it in terms that would make any sense to someone trying to comprehend what I'm intending to say ... see what I mean? No? I didn't think so.
But one article I've read today (and I've tortured myself by reading too many) conveys one item that has been floating around the interweb ether ... is Manti gay? Now, before I am lambasted for repeating what the author writes, please understand that I am withholding judgement until all - and I mean ALL - the facts have been brought to light. I have my opinions and beliefs, but they are my own until I feel the urge to write them down for all to see. But for the timebeing, I offer another theory for all to consider:
Well, although there may be a few ignorant people whjo downvote you for daring to suggest that Manti is gay, I'll tell you that it's one theory that would make the whole story, at the very least, make sense. If he were gay, his situation is this:
* Devout Mormon.
* Football player.
* Extremely religious.
* Plays for the most recognized Catholic school in the country.
Not one of the people involved in any of those categories wants to hear that you are gay. Not a single one. However, you're a rock star - why don't you have a girlfriend? Simple - I do. And she's the love of my life, which will explain why I have no interest in any girl on campus. However, she's in the hospital, so you'll never see her. By the time I graduate, she'll conveniently die.
I can see the angle. People, especially the overly hypocritical Catholic base, just won't accept it. Won't consider it. Gay people, especially Notre Dame alum, simply don't exist.
* Sole Member of Loner Monkey Gang
* 11-Time Winner of POTW Award
* Does Not Give A Sh*t
Lot of smarts here^^^^^ by the self-proclaimed stupid guy.
I think it makes sense for this whole story even if he's straight. He's a Mormon in a Catholic school, and for all we know he wants a Mormon girl so that his religion is not a grinding point in the relationship. He has all these women falling all over him (or their high heels trying to walk in the grass on South Quad) and just wants to be left alone. Making up a girlfriend in perfect in that regard. So I don't necessarily think he "must be gay" for that line of reasoning to make sense.
Very interesting line of reasoning. Time will tell.
Cant deny the writing and questions they are FAIR- the part of the meetings and direct details-
Look I think he did get duped- but let it per HIM get way out of control... again I hope but there are strange people in this world on both sides of this
There's an article online, purportedly written by an ND student, saying that "it is well known on campus that he (Manti) has had relations with other girls during his time on campus." Like anything and everything here, the article could be fabricated, but it is quite well written, balanced and basically says Manti was likely duped and then embellished it. He also said some of his teammates were uncomfortable with how this was playing out. So there are ample theories. But, only one truth.
I may not be pretty, but I'm fast.....
POTW 1/31/11 - 2/6/11
I couldn't agree more, Ham. The fact is, we just don't know all the facts. There are more and more theories being introduced by the hour and we - that's NONE OF US - can say with any certainty that we know exactly what happened.
As Lou so eloquently stated in his article, "It's Manti's Story to Tell."
Until that happens, we should all withhold judgement.
Another article along the same lines as the OP
And here is the article Ham was referring to:
It's plausible, but why not just tell people you're celibate because you are a devout Mormon? A lot easier to do than carrying on a fake relationship.
Nice backhand, IFR.
Not saying I agree, as I don't even know all the principals in this thing -- and it seems like a cast of dozens -- but it's certainly the best third-act plot line yet to an already surreal tale.
"You couldn't make this stuff up," except that people did. Maybe, someone wins a Pulitzer with an adaptation some day.
Honestly, at this point I hope that's the case. He's already been an inspirational leader for so many people, he could do wonders for the gay community. A devotely religious football player coming from the foremost catholic institution happens to be BORN gay...talk about killing a bunch of birds(taboos) with 1 stone.
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