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.”