The internet is hard. Love is harder. That’s why there is outstanding, in-depth journalistic television programming like MTV‘s “Catfish” – a show that helps unsuspecting dupes figure out if the person they’re hollering at online is real or just some fraudulent profile character designed to lure them in and smash their hearts like cheap dishes.
Today — presumably on the way to Chicago for their game tomorrow — the Philadelphia Union’s Maurice Edu and Ethan White ran into the show’s creators, Nev Schulman and Max Joseph.
If it wasn’t for Edu’s caption, this would be cause for concern. If you’re a Philly fan, you’d have to wonder if Edu, the most important player on your team, had started the season in a fog of low self-esteem because someone he met on Tinder was a fake. It could be why the team’s currently 0-1-2.
Thankfully, this isn’t the case. Mo Edu is a social icon in this American game. It would be a bad look for MLS as a whole if he was publicly falling for traps. They say all publicity is good publicity, but MLS is beyond that. The league doesn’t need any Manti Te’os.
As fans, we have to start holding our players to a higher standard of social activity if we want MLS to be as strong as Europe’s leagues. Gossip and rumors are important, but getting played out on “Catfish” would have set the whole program back 15 years.