Manti Te’o faces the media, talks about ‘embarrassing’ scandal

Posted: 10:01 AM, Feb 25, 2013
Updated: 2013-02-25 10:01:56-05

INDIANAPOLIS (LOS ANGELES TIMES) — Manti Te’o completed his most grueling drill of the NFL scouting combine Saturday and, though his heart rate might have been up, he didn’t appear to break a sweat.

Facing a sea of reporters for the first time since news broke of the fake-dead-girlfriend hoax, the former Notre Dame linebacker stood at the lectern and answered questions for 14 minutes, showing poise, humility and remorse about his involvement — even though his level of participation in the ruse remains unclear.

“It’s definitely embarrassing,” said Te’o, who previously sat for interviews with ESPN and Katie Couric, but had not faced the media en masse. “You’re walking through a grocery store and people are just standing there staring at you. It’s definitely embarrassing. I guess it’s part of the process and part of the journey. But it’s only going to make me stronger, and it definitely has.”