It was plain to see that neither Notre Dame nor its star LB, Manti Te’o, performed well in the Irish’s 42–14 humbling by Alabama in the BCS title game. Te’o’s father, however, doesn’t see that as license to “embarrass” his son.
On Friday, Brian Te’o took to the “Manti Te’o ‘Official’ Fan Club” on Facebook — which he apparently runs — to call for a boycott on subscribing to the Honolulu Star Advertiser after the paper printed a photo of Te’o failing to tackle Tide RB Eddie Lacy with the headline “Bowled Over” running over it.
“Our family has been very gracious to the Star Advertiser by providing interviews and photos of our son in the recent week,” the elder Te’o posted. “On our way home from Miami we were ‘privileged’ to see how the Star Advertiser returns the favor … So, from this point forward, Star Advertiser you have been officially black listed … I will encourage all who have a subscription to your newspaper not to renew.”
The post has since been removed from the Facebook page’s timeline, presumably because of the backlash it received.
While we understand Te’o's dad was obviously upset about the outcome of the game, it was the Irish’s fault for being embarrassed – not the Honolulu Star Advertiser’s.