BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Manti Te'o told USA Today on Monday that he doesn't believe the online hoax that fooled him will affect his stock in the upcoming NFL draft.
The former Notre Dame linebacker also said he has shut down his Twitter
account and isn't sure if he will ever use social media again.
Te'o has only granted a couple of interviews since he acknowledged
falling in love with a nonexistent woman invented by another man who
insists the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy was unaware of the scam
during the online relationship.
The NFL combine begins Wednesday in Indianapolis, and Te'o is certain
to face a lot of questions from teams wanting to know more about how he
was drawn into the bizarre hoax that made national headlines.
"I have to just go out there and perform and all that other stuff is
behind me," he told USA Today. "What I did on the field is what I did
on the field. I don't think what I did with this whole situation, I
don't understand how it takes away from what I did on the field.
"As far as my stock dropping or rising, that's not up to me. The only
thing I have to do is just do well, run fast, just be myself, be quick."
Te'o, who has been training in Florida, also told the newspaper he
isn't dating anyone and remains the same person he was before he found
out about the scam.
"My trust in people is the same," he said. "I'm just more cautious."
Te'o Doesn't Think Hoax Will Hurt Him
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