It’s been a strange week for former Notre Dame football players. From the ridiculously gullible Manti Te’o to the incredibly cynical Tim Brown, a pair of Golden Domers have bookended the spectrum of human trust.
Former Notre Dame football player Justin Tuck addressed one of the situations on Tuesday night.
“Crazy,” Tuck said of the Te’o case during a charity event at Madison Square Garden, via ESPNNewYork.com. “You want to reserve your judgment on anything until all the facts are out but it’s just a crazy, crazy, crazy thing.”
Tuck believes Te’o was duped by the hoax involving a fake dead girlfriend, and it doesn’t sound as if Tuck would take a dim view of Te’o for falling for it. “I know Te’o, I helped recruit him and I know that he’s one of the nicest guys I ever met in a football uniform,” Tuck said. “So I believe him when he says he doesn’t have anything do with it. He was just that gullible. And I think he’s embarrassed with the fact that he’s just that gullible. That lets you know how nice of a guy he is and how genuinely real of a guy he is.”
The only problem is his girlfriend wasn’t. And while Tuck is willing to regard the cup as half full when it comes to Te’o, other NFL players may be inclined to view him as half fool. Or as a complete one.