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Te'o says he's prepared for the abuse that's coming

For Sunday, April 28, 2013

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:44 a.m. HST, Apr 28, 2013

SAN DIEGO >> After dealing with the commotion over his fake online girlfriend and his flop in the national championship game, Manti Te'o believes he's ready for the NFL.

That includes being mentally tough enough for the verbal abuse he'll surely hear in places like Philadelphia, where the San Diego Chargers play their first road game next season, and Oakland's infamous "Black Hole."

"After the couple months I've been through, I think I'm pretty prepared," Te'o said Saturday in his introductory news conference. "As far as going into another stadium, you can't worry about that stuff. You're with your family, you're with your brothers out there. That's all that matters. That's all you can really pay attention to. Yeah, it's a football game, and you play with the guys that you've prepared with, and you focus on what's important, and that's making sure that when the Chargers walk off, we're victorious."

The Chargers' rookie brain trust, general manager Tom Telesco and coach Mike McCoy, said they weren't bothered by the scrutiny Te'o has been under the past four months. The Chargers traded up in the second round (38th overall) to pick the star Notre Dame linebacker. Te'o visited with Telesco and McCoy in San Diego before the draft and gave his version of what happened with the girlfriend hoax and his poor play in Notre Dame's blowout loss to Alabama in the national championship game.

"I just concentrate on me being me," said Te'o, who seemed relaxed in facing the media. "What I learned from that is you can control certain things and you can't control other things. So, learn to control the things you can and leave the things you can't control up to those people. I was just happy to get out there and share my side of the story, to just tell them that hey, what happened was what happened and what I'm here to do is play football. Hopefully guys saw that."

Te'o said he's been welcomed by his new teammates, with quarterback Philip Rivers being the first to text him with congratulations. He's even getting on well with Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker, the Chargers' first-round pick.

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on April 28,2013 | 05:07AM
OldDiver wrote:
Abuse is bad behavior without cause. Any ridicule aimed at Manti during games will have been brought on by himself when he decided to use Kekua to enhance his image after he knew she never existed. If he plays well it will at some point fade. If not, well it could get ugly.
on April 28,2013 | 10:46AM
joewilly wrote:
First the imaginary girlfriend, now a parade for a guy that's not there? This family just does not seem to get it.
on April 28,2013 | 06:12AM
kamaka17 wrote:
Since your the expert willy boy....Why don't you share with everyone your expertise on the matter so they will all get it! Dumazz!
on April 28,2013 | 07:00AM
joewilly wrote:
Just telling like it is son.
on April 28,2013 | 07:46AM
kamaka17 wrote:
You haven't said anything yet pops!
on April 28,2013 | 08:52AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The Te'o family is tearing joewilly apart. (joe...don't worry about it).
on April 28,2013 | 07:59AM
joewilly wrote:
All you homers just can't stand the truth. You probably still waiting for Colt Brennan to make a comeback.
on April 28,2013 | 08:45AM
kamaka17 wrote:
living in the past silly willy!
on April 28,2013 | 08:52AM
homeskillet wrote:
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on April 28,2013 | 08:23AM
jimbone wrote:
Haha, good one..mudslingers!!!!!
on April 28,2013 | 09:05AM
joewilly wrote:
It's amazing how you homers pretend like you don't see the irony of the imaginary girlfriend and a parade for somebody that's not there. Why didn't they wait and have the parade when he comes back from San Diego. You homers don't have an answer for any of this. You homers just resort to juvenile name calling. Like little children in a playground. Lame!
on April 28,2013 | 09:26AM
kamaka17 wrote:
It's amazing how you act like you know everything! More lame! Oh...and for your information, calling everybody "homer", seems pretty juvenile yourself! Goes both ways on the trash talk silly willy! If you can't handle it and you gonna cry like a baby then log off and cook some rice homer! LOL!
on April 28,2013 | 09:36AM
joewilly wrote:
You still haven't answered the question on the irony of the whole parade deal. Manti is the one who was shortchanged. HE should be at the parade. Not a bunch of nobodies from Kahuku. The parade is to honor him and Robbie, not his bulls*** father.
on April 28,2013 | 09:47AM
kamaka17 wrote:
Why don't you drive down to Laie and find out for yourself, unless you scared! . Remember....us homers don't have any answers!
on April 28,2013 | 10:03AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The Te'o family RUINED joewilly's life.
on April 28,2013 | 10:06AM
joewilly wrote:
No. I don't care. All I'm saying is that they should have waited for him to come home before they held a parade for him. That's all. He deserved the parade, not his father, not his cousins, not his family, not his neighbors and not the Mormon church.
on April 28,2013 | 10:17AM
kahuku01 wrote:
Since you're so adamant about the parade and got a hangup about the parade and can't stop chirping about the parade and once and for all...First of all the parade was scheduled for Saturday and a big community party at Laie park was also scheduled to be put on by Junior Ah You (Tita's restaurant.) After being drafted by the Chargers, Manti was asked to report to San Diego, ASAP, for a meeting with the organization. Well, Business comes before fun time and celebration and Manti is now dealing with big time business. I'm sure if it were you, your priorities would have to change instantly when you're asked to report. I see no reason why cancel the parade when it was already scheduled and the people of the community are supportive and still celebrated and had a good time in honor of Manti. The question of how Manti was shortchanged is irrelevant and people like you shouldn't be concerned because you're one of those on the sideline with negative comments.
on April 28,2013 | 05:38PM
jcjr wrote:
Please don't jump on the bandwagon when Teo starts tearing it up in the NFL. I have no doubt that he will be as good as a pro player, as he was in college. The most decorated college player ever. Before making any negative comments, examine yourself first. You would never be half the man this kid will develop into. Just sit back and enjoy the ride this local boy is taking. We can only wish we had a son like TEO. For me, i'm just happy to tell people he is from Hawaii, the best place in the world. Stop being a critic, you may end up looking like a fool when this boy starts lighting up guys in the NFL. This kid can play football, no doubt!
on April 28,2013 | 10:43AM
false wrote:
Manti should just shut up and let his play speak for himself. It's what got him into trouble in the first place
on April 28,2013 | 11:07AM
pizza wrote:
I grew up as part of the "Children should be seen and not heard" generation. Having said that Mr. Teo, I suggest you be silent, keep your ears open and learn from those who have superior skills and experience in your craft, and be seen on the field giving your best effort on every snap, with every workout, thereby silencing your critics. You don't want to be seen as another Ryan Leaf or Brian Bosworth. Live up to and exceed your potential.
on April 28,2013 | 11:40AM
pizza wrote:
Oh, and Mr. Teo. The only person's opinion that matters in your life now, under the sun, is the person who has the power to say whether you make the roster or not, and your teammates.
on April 28,2013 | 11:46AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Explain please....why did the City pay out over $2,000 in taxpayer money for Manti's parade and celebration when he did not even show up? That's out tax dollars. Kind of junk, yeah?
on April 28,2013 | 03:00PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Here's the deal! If you're so concerned about "why did the city pay out $2,000 in taxpayer's money for Manti's parade, I'm sure you have a phone and a computer to look up the mayor's phone number and you call him tomorrow and have him explain it to you. Right from the horses mouth since you're so concerned than no one needs to explain it to you. Good luck!
on April 28,2013 | 05:57PM