Honolulu scheduled a big parade Saturday afternoon as a celebration for native son Manti Te'o on the weekend he was drafted into the NFL. The city gave a $2,000 grant for the event, according to Hawaii News Now, and the story said the remaining cost was picked up mainly by residents of Laie and Kahuku.
Tents were set up, food was cooked, but nobody stopped to think about the guest of honor's availability. Oops.
When a player is drafted in the NFL, the team flies him out the next day to meet the coaches, tour the facilities and have a press conference. This happens for practically every high draft pick. Nobody planning the parade in Hawaii could be expected to know that, but it must have been quite the scene when the organizers figured out that Te'o had to be in San Diego when his parade was scheduled. The Chargers selected Te'o, the decorated Notre Dame linebacker, on Friday in the second round of the NFL draft.
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