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Opinion

Leave the kid alone

By From page A4 | February 04, 2013

Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te’o was the 33rd Notre Dame football player to be named an All American and the first since 2009. He ranks eighth for the number of tackles by a Notre Dame player.

Unfortunately Katie Couric ranks No. 1 in the category of blind-side tackles.

It’s too bad that the outstanding defensive player apparently was naive about love and the Internet and now the boy from Hawaii is the butt of jokes and is being talked about like this is the football scandal of the decade.

We’re not sure whether to call him a man or a boy. He just turned 22. Generally speaking, for men that means their brains are still forming and haven’t reached maturity.

By the late 20s, “there’s better communication between parts of the brain that process emotions and social information — like what people think of you — and the parts that are important for planning ahead and balancing risk and reward,” developmental psychologist Laurence Steinberg of Temple University told the Wall Street Journal for an Aug. 23, 2012 article.

Any person who is not running for vice president would have the maturity not to go on the Katie Couric show and get shredded to bits about being naive about love. Manti Te’o does not have that maturity yet. He’s a nice young man, but being only 22 we think the media ought to cut him some slack and just leave him alone.

Let the NFL draft decide on his talents, which are considerable. But the talking heads of the news and sports commentariat should just lay off the imaginary girlfriend stuff and stop humiliating him.

Mountain Democrat

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