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A year or two ago I got a call from a good friend of mine. She told me she had just Facebook chatted with Matt Leinart.
I am not the biggest sports follower but my dad is a former, albeit for a short time, NFL quarterback and indirectly he keeps me well informed on the landscape of all things quarterback related.
When they are handsome, I am all the more interested in the details my dad relays of these guys (Aaron Rodgers, my dad says, you can call me).
So for those of you who don’t know, Matt Leinart is a disturbingly handsome Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from USC who went on to the NFL and arguably hasn’t transposed his college success into the pros.
But he dates celebs and for some time was pictured canoodling in US Weekly with whomever happened to be his flavor of the week.
When my friend called me and told me she just Facebook chatted with Matt Leinart while at her friend’s house who was “dating” him, I was immediately poised to throw the BS card.
Why would hot celeb-status Matt Leinart be doing that with his time? My friend laughed knowingly.
You see my friend says her other friend, whom she describes as a knockout and brilliantly smart (Ph.D.), somehow believed she was involved with Matt Leinart and was “dating” him, despite the fact they had never met.
He found her on Facebook, thought she was hot, friended her, and their relationship budded from there.
Facebook chats, emails and phone calls became frequent and suddenly she’s got giggles and butterflies and a Facebook status of “In a relationship” with Matt Leinart.
And this relationship goes on for some time. Feelings get involved. Red flags get ignored.
“Make decisions that will help you have
healthy relationships in the long run.”
Oh, Matt always has an excuse of why he can’t get together? He makes a buttload of money, flights shouldn’t be beyond his budget. And uh, isn’t Matt from Southern California? Why do you not get together when he’s here?
The truth about lies is they can only last so long.
This brilliantly smart girl eventually started putting the super obvious (to everyone but her) pieces together. This dude is not the real Matt Leinart and she’s being duped.
If it’s not obvious, I’m telling this story in light of a similar and more recent current event involving another footballer, Manti Te’o, whose fake relationship with a man pretending to be a woman who subsequently was in a tragic car wreck only to survive and die of leukemia right before an important game, is the current humiliation story heard round the world.
Both stories are an important lesson for online daters and a reminder of some relationship realities, which if you don’t know are as follows:
No one is responsible for your life but you, so if you don’t look out for your well-being, don’t assume anyone else will.
Be safe and make decisions that will help you have healthy relationships in the long run.
I gotta go, Tim Tebow just sent me an instant message.