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Manti Te’o is off Twitter until the NFL draft

Handout photo of Manti Te'o during an interview with ESPN in Bradenton Reuters

If Ronaiah Tuiasosopo wants to contact Manti Te’o any time soon, he’ll have to do it via some method other than Twitter.

Te’o has deleted his Twitter account, and ESPN reports that he’s off Twitter temporarily because he’s putting all his focus on the NFL draft.

It wouldn’t be surprising if, when NFL teams talk to him this month at the Scouting Combine, they urge Te’o to get off Twitter (and other forms of social media) permanently. When you’ve become America’s most disliked football player because of a relationship that began through social media, you’re probably better off staying far away from social media.

In addition to wanting to see Te’o work out, what NFL teams will want to see from Te’o in the 11 weeks until the draft is an indication that he’s not going to be a distraction off the field. Getting off Twitter is one small step toward that.

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22 Responses to “Manti Te’o is off Twitter until the NFL draft”
  1. pnut87 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:12 PM

    Might be the smartest thing I’ve heard him do.

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 6, 2013 12:13 PM

    The actually story is he met a girl on twitter and she told him to delete it so he can’t talk to other girls. This girl may or may not be suffering from wisdom tooth pain. It’s pretty sad.

  3. boogerhut says: Feb 6, 2013 12:17 PM

    How’s he gonna get E-laid now?

  4. FinFan68 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:18 PM

    Maybe he should stay off the phone as well

  5. Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 6, 2013 12:22 PM

    Put this guy in a class with my mom as people who should never ever use social media.

  6. zsking says: Feb 6, 2013 12:25 PM

    With the amount of irrelevant stories being posted on this site lately im sure we’ll get another titus young update today

  7. blacknole08 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:36 PM

    He, and other athletes, should just stay off of twitter.

    Too many networks focus a ton on what athletes and “celebs” tweet it has become nauseating. With all the hash-tagging nonsense soon the English dictionary will become obsolete.

  8. joetoronto says: Feb 6, 2013 12:39 PM

    He should stay off it forever.

    Actually, everybody should.

  9. buckybadger says: Feb 6, 2013 12:44 PM

    His 40 time and performance vs Bama will do more to hurt him than these TMZ type stories. In the end the personnel departments don’t indulge themselves in this sort of BS. If they guy can play he can be the biggest imaginary playboy ever, problem is there are doubts about how good of a pro LB he can be and vs Bama those doubts where given credit.

  10. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 6, 2013 12:47 PM

    I don’t understand all of the hate. So, he’s kind of dumb, I think that might actually be pretty common with football players. I hope he’s slips to 26th. Coach McCarthy will know how to get the most out of him. He’ll be the steal of the draft.

  11. contra74 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Feb 6, 2013 12:47 PM

    I don’t understand all of the hate. So, he’s kind of dumb, I think that might actually be pretty common with football players. I hope he’s slips to 26th. Coach McCarthy will know how to get the most out of him. He’ll be the steal of the draft.
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    Wouldnt be a bad fit at all. The worlds most disliked and delusional football player playing for the NFLs most disliked and dilusional fanbase.

  12. mogogo1 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    buckybadger says:

    His 40 time and performance vs Bama will do more to hurt him than these TMZ type stories.
    _______________

    True, but he was depending on his leadership intangibles to make teams look past his negatives. Now, nobody is looking at him as a leader but are probably already wondering what crazy things the veterans will make him do as part of rookie hazing. He may be the first guy ever hoping his ability to provide comedy relief will move him up the draft board.

  13. jrbdmb says: Feb 6, 2013 1:34 PM

    So T’eo is one of America’s most disliked or hated football players, and Ray Lewis is a hero. Got it.

  14. boogerhut says: Feb 6, 2013 1:46 PM

    mogogo1 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:16 PM
    True, but he was depending on his leadership intangibles to make teams look past his negatives. Now, nobody is looking at him as a leader but are probably already wondering what crazy things the veterans will make him do as part of rookie hazing. He may be the first guy ever hoping his ability to provide comedy relief will move him up the draft board.
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    Teams don’t draft rookies for their leadership intangibles. Expecting a rookie to come in a “lead” his way out of his negatives is patently moronic. I can hear it now, 10 yr veteran LB ” Sure coach, he’s slow and dimwitted but he sure can lead us vets”. DERP!

  15. mjkelly77 says: Feb 6, 2013 1:48 PM

    Good move.

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 6, 2013 2:10 PM

    contra74 says:Feb 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Feb 6, 2013 12:47 PM

    I don’t understand all of the hate. So, he’s kind of dumb, I think that might actually be pretty common with football players. I hope he’s slips to 26th. Coach McCarthy will know how to get the most out of him. He’ll be the steal of the draft.
    —–
    Wouldnt be a bad fit at all. The worlds most disliked and delusional football player playing for the NFLs most disliked and dilusional fanbase.

    ——————-

    Why are you filled with such hate? Is it because your team has never won the Super Bowl? And never will? Also, it’s spelled “delusional.”

  17. wlubake says: Feb 6, 2013 2:10 PM

    It’s certainly understandable that he’s the most hated football player in America, what with all of the pain and suffering he’s caused people from being made a fool of. Oh, wait, that only hurt him? Well than that’s just stupid, people hating him.

    The truth is that the poll went something like this:

    1. Have you heard of X player?
    2. Do you have a positive or negative feeling about X player?

    That doesn’t make a guy hated. Makes him identifiable and the butt of jokes.

  18. irishdodger says: Feb 6, 2013 2:26 PM

    @BuckyBadger:

    The entire ND defense looked bad vs. Bama. It wasn’t Te’o’s best game & it was against their best opponent, so I can see the criticism but if one player’s draft status is based on how they played one game in four seasons, I doubt the evaluator would keep his job for very long. Tyrann Mathieu got abused in the NC game last year against Bama but he was still a Heisman finalist. Again, I’m not saying he’s the next Mike Singletary but he was definitely one of the best LB in CFB over the last few years.

  19. jayquintana says: Feb 6, 2013 2:30 PM

    Apparently, having a fake girlfriend makes you a bigger distraction in the NFL than getting arrested for sexual assault, physical assault, DUIs, and other felonies.

  20. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Feb 6, 2013 2:52 PM

    If his stock really slips because of this dumb catfishing story some team is going to get a heck of a deal on a heck of a player.

  21. herkulease says: Feb 6, 2013 3:06 PM

    @irishdodger

    In theory yeah one game shouldn’t define a player who a long history games to evaluate(good or bad) but we’ve see in year in year out.

    GMs get sucked into getting guys that are combine work out warriors, highlight reel players, etc.

    Hell it even happens with players already in the league. Matt Flynn parlayed 2 games against the Pats and Lions into a millions and he’s currently riding the bench.

  22. Sometimes Interesting says: Feb 7, 2013 6:49 AM

    Any team that drafts this guy will have an uphill PR battle to fight regardless of whether or not he’s on Twitter.

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