Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Manti Te'o Gets It Off His Chest and Now Needs to Focus on NFL

In an interview with Katie Couric, Manti Te'o answered some unanswered questions. He also provided his phone records as well as his bill for the white roses. There is little doubt that he was not part of the hoax and that he was for the most part telling the truth.

The only part he lied about was when he answered questions at the Heisman ceremony about the girl when he got the call two days earlier. His answer made sense to me. He basically said that he didn't know how to say on national TV how to make this public that he knew his girl never died. That makes sense because nobody would feel comfortable saying that. It would have caught everyone off guard and would have been embarrassing. More importantly, the night was about the Heisman and not a time to introduce drama.

Watching the BCS Title Game, I never saw him like that in four years. That was the worst I ever saw him. He missed more tackles in that game than he did all year. It is clear that he had a huge distraction over him.

Now that he has said what he had to and has all but exonerated himself, it is time to focus on what he needs to. That is finishing his degree and preparing for the NFL draft. Before this drama came out, he was projected as a top 10 pick. Based on the evidence that he is telling the truth, that shouldn't change. He needs to perform well at the combine as well as his Pro day. Also, he needs to be prepared to answer from 32 teams about the drama. 

We all wish him the best unless he goes to the Raiders or Jets. Just kidding on that one.

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