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Chargers’ Butler: Manti Te’o will get some jabs, but he can take it

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Yes, Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o will hear some jokes in the locker room about his fake dead girlfriend. No, it won’t be anything that alienates Te’o from the team.

That’s the word from veteran Donald Butler, who is penciled in on the Chargers’ depth chart to start at inside linebacker next to Te’o this season. Butler says everyone on the team is well aware that Te’o fell for a hoax that resulted in him publicly declaring that he had fallen in love with a woman who had died of cancer, only to learn later that the woman never existed.

I’m sure he’ll get some jabs,” Butler told U-T San Diego. “But that comes with being a rookie. He might get a little more because of his situation, but I’m sure he’s man enough to handle it and really grow from it. I don’t think it’s going to be anything over-the-top. It’ll be your normal rookie jokes.”

Butler said his own message to Te’o was a simple text telling him to be ready to work.

“I just want to see him come here and work,” Butler said. “A lot of people are talking about the future, and as bright as the future may seem or sound, he has to come in and prove himself before anything. That’s what I’m looking forward to. I want someone coming in ready and willing to work and learn and be a part of this defense.”

The sooner Te’o shows that he’s a valuable part of the Chargers’ defense, the sooner the Chargers’ veterans will accept him, and stop with the Lennay Kekua jokes.

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34 Responses to “Chargers’ Butler: Manti Te’o will get some jabs, but he can take it”
  1. captainwisdom8888 says: May 4, 2013 6:46 AM

    anyone know who donald butler is

  2. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 4, 2013 6:52 AM

    Sensible enough.

  3. thesteelers says: May 4, 2013 7:14 AM

    Te’o will cry.

  4. greyhawk9 says: May 4, 2013 7:27 AM

    i dont think manti’s boyfriend will like anyone else jabbing his man

  5. eddiek77 says: May 4, 2013 7:29 AM

    Good Lord, get over it and let the kid play. What’s wrong with people–especially “journalists”—that they have to keep dredging things up? Sheesh. Get a life.

  6. therealpittbull says: May 4, 2013 7:40 AM

    If the locker room truly represents what is in the world, then I’m sure he may not receive as many jabs as Butler thinks. When seeing the headline, I had to think “what is he talking about”, as its become, as it always was, a non-story, due to so many social events happening in life.

    We live in a headline world, text-to-text, with tweet-to-tweet moments, therefore stories go by quickly, and society is addicted to the “next big headline”. The locker room is no different, as I’m sure, there will be a major political, sports, or other social agenda taking front page. The only way his story will be brought up, is by an aging vet, scared of playing time, or by an immature player with insecurity issues, that tries to deflect his own problems on Te’o. Wait, that is the locker room and society….oh well….LOL

  7. mhs8031 says: May 4, 2013 8:00 AM

    I understand the ribbing stuff, but I would want to let this kid know that the Chargers are his new family. Kid him about other stuff, but this was a personal tragedy for him. If the rest of the world is beating you down, family doesn’t do the same. If I were a teammate, I would help him put this behind him. This attitude is stupid. What can anyone say that he has not already heard?

  8. lovefootball4life says: May 4, 2013 8:01 AM

    The sooner he owns it the sooner it goes away. He could walk into the facility first day carrying an inflatable doll and say he brought his new girlfriend in to meet the other players. Next day its pretty much over. Own it, make light of it and it goes away sooner.

  9. CKL says: May 4, 2013 8:05 AM

    Oh there will ALWAYS be some guys who joke with him about it. He might even get some kind of nickname due to it. That’s just how dudes are. Personally I prefer it to the often female dynamic of make nice to your face, stab you in the back, but that could just be me. And where I worked, the guys who got mad when they were teased about their foibles got teased more. The guys who could laugh about it were the ones who were ok. I am sure Teo gets this. I already heard him make a joke about it during he pre draft session on NFLN with Willie MacGinest and Steve Mariucci. I think he’ll be fine.

  10. defeetrexryan says: May 4, 2013 8:12 AM

    Butler is about as existent on the field as Lennay Kekua is in real life it is.

  11. vincentbojackson says: May 4, 2013 8:16 AM

    I see him getting the same amount of jabs that any over-hyped rookie would get after getting repeatedly run over in the national championship game.

  12. mtheparrothead says: May 4, 2013 8:27 AM

    Will he be giving his fake girlfriend any “jabs”?

  13. changeup39 says: May 4, 2013 8:54 AM

    Te’o should really just come out of the closet and get it over with.

  14. mikebyrne1502 says: May 4, 2013 9:25 AM

    If he can play like he did all year before the incident then he’ll make a fine pro and if in fact he still does have a fake girlfriend, well they’re about to be rich so they don’t really care what we think anyway

  15. red sky at night says: May 4, 2013 9:35 AM

    The Chargers are irrelevant so they drafted this clown.

  16. pnut87 says: May 4, 2013 9:37 AM

    lovefootball4life says: May 4, 2013 8:01 AM

    The sooner he owns it the sooner it goes away. He could walk into the facility first day carrying an inflatable doll and say he brought his new girlfriend in to meet the other players. Next day its pretty much over. Own it, make light of it and it goes away sooner.
    ————–

    Someone’s a fan of Fox Sports Radio…

  17. saints4life57 says: May 4, 2013 9:49 AM

    I love all these people that take jabs at the guy! Weather he fell for a hoax or not, he is a starting LB in the NFL! How many of us on here making fun of him can say that? Besides he has enough money now to buy as many real/alive girl friends as he wants! ; ) ! If he was smart he would turn his situation into a book and make even more money! Then he would be the one laughing!
    GL Te’o

  18. samquix says: May 4, 2013 9:52 AM

    “captainwisdom8888 says:
    May 4, 2013 6:46 AM
    anyone know who donald butler is”

    – quietly becoming one of the best ILB’s in the NFL that’s who. This guy still has things to learn. That said, he’s well on his way to leading a SD def that is ascending and certainly not the problem on that Charger team.

  19. johnnyjagfan says: May 4, 2013 10:06 AM

    Dude didn’t fall for a hoax…when he knew it was B.S. he was still lamenting the loss of his “girlfriend” in TV interviews. If he didn’t tell that lie repeatedly after it was evident that it wasn’t true, he’d of been a victim of a hoax. The dude loved the sympathy.

    He needs to just knock the crap out of the first guy he’s teed up against in camp and that will shut the locker room up.

  20. nananatman says: May 4, 2013 10:26 AM

    I’m glad you think faking cancer death is funny, I think brain death is funny, how is that lawsuit coming?

  21. letafan4ever says: May 4, 2013 10:52 AM

    This is News???? Michael looking for hits!!

    Manti has already made jokes about it on Game Changers NFL.com

  22. ozymandias121 says: May 4, 2013 10:56 AM

    How did he fall for a hoax when he orchestrated it?

  23. brassknuckles47 says: May 4, 2013 10:57 AM

    Betcha Te’o wishes all 7 missed tackles in the AL game never existed.

  24. richmondbolt says: May 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    Donald Butler isn’t penciled in to start. He is the starter. Te’o is the one that is penciled in.

  25. joetoronto says: May 4, 2013 11:28 AM

    This guy’s a loser just like Jr Seau, two peas in a pod and perfect for the Chargers.

  26. thraiderskin says: May 4, 2013 11:46 AM

    I have a couple simple rules (I didn’t make them) that tend to relate to each other, the first, “you don’t want none, don’t start none.” the second is “If you won’t say it to someones face or yell it in a bar, don’t say it?” The internet tough guy, character judge thing is a little pathetic. This guy fell for a hoax, he deserves some grief, but don’t come on here and try to act like you’re tough, you wouldn’t say it to his face.

  27. oldcat157 says: May 4, 2013 11:50 AM

    Lennay will be fine. She’s just got handle jokes for a year and play hard. Unfortunately, I already see her with a broken bone first few games of the season and making minimal impact this year. Lennay won’t be durable. //see my little jab at him? Hehe.

  28. lance19 says: May 4, 2013 12:03 PM

    Butler’s a good player and (seemingly) a good guy.
    And he already knows Te’o better than I do, so, what the Hell. But to imply that what Te’o is in for is just
    the norm for being a rookie is wishful thinking.
    And crazy. Unless Te’o is immediately Ray Lewis + Mike Singletary, his wild backstory is going to overshadow his play for a season or two…

  29. lovefootball4life says: May 4, 2013 2:27 PM

    May 4, 2013 9:37 AM
    lovefootball4life says: May 4, 2013 8:01 AM

    The sooner he owns it the sooner it goes away. He could walk into the facility first day carrying an inflatable doll and say he brought his new girlfriend in to meet the other players. Next day its pretty much over. Own it, make light of it and it goes away sooner.
    ————–

    Someone’s a fan of Fox Sports Radio…

    ———–
    Only radio I listen to is Sirius XM NFL Channel 88. If Fox said something similar I don’t mean to steal it.

  30. greyhawk9 says: May 4, 2013 2:58 PM

    he couldnt come out if he wanted to at this point due to the whole fake girlfriend hoax/cover up shenanigans. .. he will not want to look like an even bigger liar than he already does.

  31. zo121179 says: May 4, 2013 3:08 PM

    $10 says his nickname after the camps will be pillow biter.

  32. deathonwings410 says: May 4, 2013 3:25 PM

    Te’o will be a good player. He’s strange but I think he’ll pan out.

  33. granadafan says: May 4, 2013 3:45 PM

    If you think teo merely fell for a hoax and was just an innocent but lovable victim, then you’ve been Teo’d by his PR team and the spin doctored story they put out.

  34. usmutts says: May 4, 2013 5:45 PM

    changeup: “Te’o should just come out of the closet and get it over with.”

    He can’t. Tebow is in there with him.

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