Manti Te'o's joyride is over, and he's now on the "Most Disliked Athletes" list
Once they found out the truth about his fake girlfriend, everything changed.
Now, Te'o has made an appearance right at the top of Forbes' list of America's 10 most disliked athletes, along with fellow notorious liar Lance Armstrong.
I suppose America can't be blamed for feeling betrayed, since Te'o finished only a few votes away from winning the Heisman Trophy, thanks to a campaign that centered around an emotional story that ended up being completely fabricated.
If the voting was done based solely on the players' performance on the field, Te'o honestly wouldn't even have cracked the top 10. There were numerous players who were much better than him on the field, but just didn't have quite enough of a story to match up with Te'o and his girlfriend.
This is why awards shouldn't be predicated on an athlete's story off the field. But that's a discussion for another time.
Te'o joins Armstrong, Tiger Woods, Jay Cutler, Metta World Peace, Alex Rodriguez, Michael Vick, Kurt Busch, Kobe Bryant, and Tony Romo on the list.
On the bright side for Te'o, he's the only collegiate athlete on the list. So at least he has some serious name recognition before his professional career has even begun, right?
What do you think? Should Te'o really be on this list? Or is he just a victim of the huge publicity levels around his story? Do you dislike Manti Te'o?