Uh, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo? We don’t really know you or what you’re about or understand your role in the Manti Te’o fake girlfriend saga. Heck, we barely understand any part of the Manti Te’o fake girlfriend saga. We do, however, know Dr. Phil and as such we are cringing at your decision to sit down with the good doctor to discuss your side of the story. We know you want to respond to Manti’s Katie Couric interview, but dude, did you not see Dr. Phil’s interview with Dina Lohan last fall? Where Lindsay Lohan‘s mom came across as defensive, evasive and potentially inebriated? Based on that interview alone, we can say with some confidence that Dr. Phil is not the person you want to sit down with if you don’t want to run the risk of seeming like a total nutburger. He will hang you out to dry if you get weird.
Not that we know for sure that you’re as weird as Dina Lohan. It’s just that…well, you might be. Even if you aren’t, the allegations that you helped fabricate a fictional woman named Lennay Kekua to lure Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o into a fraudulent long-distance relationship are going to be pretty hard to explain. Sure, there are some interviewers who could successfully unpack the complicated but ultimately human elements at play in this saga. Those interviewers would be Oprah and…uh, Oprah. Just Oprah. Unless you are going on Dr. Phil to make everyone feel really, really, really bad for you (and you just might be!), we think you should rethink this move.