Originally Posted by Benihana
I hope/think people need to let him be at this point.
I hate Notre Dame as much as anyone, but the kid is 21 and IMO has faced enough heartbreak and humiliation as is. At worst he was a part of a hoax (which I doubt) and even at best, he is guilty of embellishment and some sort of cover up (probably out of embarrassment more than anything). Either way however, I start to worry that this could end very badly if the scrutiny, criticism and ridicule continues at this pace.
He is 21 years old, and didn't physically hurt or steal from anyone, nor did he break the law. He has been completely humiliated. Let it be.
(That said, some of the one liners that have come out of this are priceless).
I'm not sure I understand your thinking. It's not OK to ridicule him for doing this but it was OK to weep and moan and feel sorry for him when all this fake dead girlfriend nonsense went down and he - and ND - used it for publicity. It would be one thing if this all went down in private but when you use it to tug at the heartstrings of the general public, then he - and ND - deserves as much ridicule they can get.