The Bee Gees and Manti Te’o
The Bee Gees had a song that’s reminiscent of the whole Manti Te’o fake girlfriend thing.
Here’s some reasonable speculation on the Te’o story: he was in on the joke but it spun away from him. Like Bill Clinton’s under-oath lies back in the day, Te’o didn’t know how to back out of the situation without causing exceptionally grave damage to his own personal brand.
If there was an easy or well-understood explanation, don’t you think we’d have heard it from Te’o or his agent by now?