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Chargers not putting Te’o in front of local media

Rookie draft pick Manti Te'o stretches in front of head coach Mike McCoy during the first day of the San Diego Chargers NFL rookie camp at the team's facilities in San Diego Reuters

We mentioned over the weekend that it was probably good for Manti Te’o to play along with the joke when a magazine included his fake dead girlfriend in its hottest women of the year list.

The Chargers aren’t taking the same approach since drafting the Notre Dame linebacker.

According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, the Chargers have decided to not make Te’o available to the local media until mid-June, calling it an “organizational decision.”

It’s an odd approach for first-year head coach Mike McCoy.

The longer they play keep-away with Te’o, the longer the list of sideshow questions has a chance to grow.

If he rolled by the reporters who cover the Chargers on a daily basis, they would have exhausted all the controversial material already, and would be on to talking to him about whether he can play three downs, or how his adjustment to the NFL was going.

Instead, the organization is making it look like a guy who seemed to be embracing the joke in order to make it go away has now chosen to go back in hiding.

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14 Responses to “Chargers not putting Te’o in front of local media”
  1. jdphx says: May 20, 2013 2:11 PM

    McCoy is obviously not comfortable yet.
    I don’t think he can recreate the Tebow effect…

  2. National Fanatic says: May 20, 2013 2:12 PM

    Fake Dead Girl Friend is OLD High School / College junk. Te’o is now a professional, so lets talk about FOOTBALL.

  3. d10ballfan says: May 20, 2013 2:16 PM

    Or the Chargers want Teo to actually focus on the playbook and acclimating himself to his new teammates. I know it must be difficult for some members of the media when a player isn’t permitted to talk to everyone who had a lot of fun at his expense (whether he deserved it or not…btw he did deserve it).

    So, chill. He will be made available as he becomes more comfortable and his teammates get a chance to pull a few locker room pranks. We’re all sorry you don’t get first dibs at any of his remarks but i have a feeling someone in the NFL will commit an actual crime for you to discuss.

    Or as long as Tebow is still playing you’re gold.

  4. seandconner says: May 20, 2013 2:17 PM

    Even when he doesn’t talk to the media, you guys still have to bring up the fake girlfriend. Must be a slow news day.

  5. pathsovglory says: May 20, 2013 2:19 PM

    this is a made up issue (no pun intended) by the butthurt media who want one of their prized PRE-draft stories back.

  6. shadowcell says: May 20, 2013 2:19 PM

    you mean there’s still things you guys haven’t said about the fake girlfriend thing already?

  7. mediasloppy says: May 20, 2013 2:19 PM

    Poor media. It’s not hiding it’s getting on with football. If I’ve been through the media circus like he has, I wouldn’t talk to the media until I knew they would only question my play and not all the junk I put behind me.

  8. 6ball says: May 20, 2013 2:27 PM

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    Beating a horse that died months ago.

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  9. vdogg says: May 20, 2013 2:31 PM

    Or maybe the rest of the planet has moved on from the whole thing except the media….how about not posting this non-football story again.

  10. humb0lt says: May 20, 2013 2:36 PM

    6ball says: May 20, 2013 2:27 PM

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    Beating a horse that died months ago.

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    Ditto on this. The Chargers are preparing for a Super Bowl season. No distractions.

  11. letafan4ever says: May 20, 2013 3:06 PM

    This is the second article on this today.

    How about an article on DJFluker or Allen

  12. floridaslonechargersfan says: May 20, 2013 3:21 PM

    Back in February, the media took out their heavy clubs, surrounded the dead horse lying peacefully on the ground, and began beating away. Today, they have officially hit through to the other side.

  13. carlsbadboltfan says: May 20, 2013 4:12 PM

    Funny how no one from the media even cared to notice the Chargers 2nd round pick from last year. His name is Jonas Mouton, BTW.

  14. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 20, 2013 5:00 PM

    I think it is a smart move by the Chargers. Te’o loves him some publicity like a Kardashian.

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