MANTI TE'O: I HAVEN’T BEEN TOLD HOAX WILL HURT MY DRAFT STOCK -
It was the interview everyone was waiting for at the NFL Scouting Combine. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o addressed a group of reporters Saturday for the first time since new…s broke that he was deceived into believing he was dating a woman who did not exist.
The catfishing incident became national news due to the fact Te'o told people his girlfriend died during the season. Part of the Heisman Trophy runner-up’s fame came from that compelling story.
“I’ve learned to be honest in everything you do,” Te'o said. “And to keep your circle small and know who’s in your corner and who’s not.”
Te'o said every NFL team has asked him about the incident and wanted to hear the story straight from him. Te'o said he already has met with the Houston Texans and the Green Bay Packers and has interviews scheduled with 18 other teams. He also said he has not been given any indication that the online hoax will hurt his draft stock.
“They’ve told me that they’ve all just wanted to hear from me what the truth was,” Te'o said. “They haven’t really said anything about it affecting me. (One team and I) briefly described it for 30 seconds, and the next 14 minutes was about plays and getting down to business.”
Texans coach Gary Kubiak later told the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain that Te'o “wasn’t gun shy” during his interviewed with the team and showed “a lot of poise.”
“He answered our questions. He wasn’t defensive,” Kubiak said. “He’s an effort player. Can run and hit. There’s a lot to like.”
Te'o came across as humbled during the news conference and admitted to being embarrassed by the whole scenario. He didn’t dodge a single question from the media.
“I cared for somebody, and that’s what I was taught to do,” Te'o said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t end up the way I thought it would.”
Te'o said the hardest part was hearing from his sister that the family had to sneak into their home because of media waiting out front.
“It got overwhelming at times,” Te'o said. “I’m just looking forward to getting straight to football. I understand people have questions, but I think I’ve answered everything I could. I’d really like to talk about football.”
Te'o also conceded he could have done things different to avoid “all of this.”
“It’s definitely embarrassing,” Te'o said. “You’re walking through a grocery store and you get people’s double-takes and they’re staring at you.
"It’s only going to make me stronger.”
After the final question, Te'o thanked the media, Notre Dame, his family and everyone who has supported him. Te'o’s media session went about as well as it could have, and he came across much better than he did during his Katie Couric and Jeremy Schapp interviews.
“The way that we did it worked best for me,” Te'o said. “I think it went over as smoothly as it could.”
- REPORT: TRADE FOR 49ERS QB ALEX SMITH “ALL BUT DONE” -
CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Confora has reported via Twitter, the San Francisco 49ers have struck a deal to trade quarterback Alex Smith. According to La Canfora, the deal is effectively complete but can’t be finalized until the league’s new year starts on March 12.
The interested team in question is unknown at this time. But all day at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the buzz was the Kansas City Chiefs were very interested in acquiring Smith via trade and taking Texas A&M’s tackle Luke Joeckel with the first overall pick in this year’s draft.
Smith, the first overall pick in the 2005 draft by the 49ers, was the starter in San Francisco before suffering a concussion against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 11. That opened the door for head coach Jim Harbaugh to go with Colin Kaepernick for the rest of the 2012 season. Kaepernick’s mobility and capability to throw the deep ball almost led the 49ers to a Super Bowl victory.
Smith is currently signed with the 49ers through the 2014 NFL season. In 2013, he is scheduled to make a base salary of $7.5 million plus a $1 million roster bonus if he’s still with the team at the turn of the new league year. (Photo: Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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