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An NFL Insider Says NFL Teams Want To Know If Manti Te'o Is Gay
TBI ^ | 2-25-2013 | Cork Gaines

Posted on 02/25/2013 10:29:42 AM PST by blam

An NFL Insider Says NFL Teams Want To Know If Manti Te'o Is Gay

Cork Gaines
February 25, 2013, 10:47 AM

After facing the media over the weekend at the NFL Combine, most seem to believe that Manti Te'o has successfully moved on from the fake girlfriend story and that it will have little impact on his status in the NFL draft. However, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com says Te'o's sexuality is still a concern for NFL teams.

Florio appeared on "The Dan Patrick Show" Monday and said flatly, "teams want to know if Manti Te'o is gay," calling it "the elephant in the room." Florio adds that it should not make a difference, but says we have to "step aside from the rest of reality and walk into the unique industry that is the NFL."

As Florio points out, teams probably can't directly ask Te'o that question during their interviews with the former Notre Dame linebacker. But that won't stop teams from trying to find out.

Of course, for some teams, Te'o's sexuality may be less important than just being prepared and knowing what potential media storms they will have to deal with if they were to draft Te'o. And for some teams, the fear of that potential media storm might be enough to skip Te'o's name in the April draft.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


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1 posted on 02/25/2013 10:29:49 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

Who cares?


2 posted on 02/25/2013 10:39:43 AM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell
"Who cares?"

"...Te'o's sexuality is still a concern for NFL teams. "

3 posted on 02/25/2013 10:42:04 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

It would explain why he felt compelled to lie about a relationship with a girl when he had never met her (though he claimed he had early on).


5 posted on 02/25/2013 10:45:46 AM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: BBell

Homosexuals are NOT welcomed in the locker rooms...and for good reason.


6 posted on 02/25/2013 10:46:21 AM PST by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: blam

“But if he’s going to get caught in a scandal and then tell a lot of lies, that’s kinda secondary.”


7 posted on 02/25/2013 10:46:30 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: blam
Honestly I think the dude got mixed up in that deal because there's nothing he wanted MORE than a girlfriend - a real one.

He did believe it, and he believed it because it (she) was the object of his desire (imagination).

Other than that I wouldn't speculate.

8 posted on 02/25/2013 10:47:00 AM PST by OKSooner (Godspeed, 3-D Danny.)
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To: blam

He is one of the following.

1. Very Stupid

2. Extremely Naive

3. Gay

Of those three, NFL teams would likely prefer the third.


9 posted on 02/25/2013 10:49:04 AM PST by OKRA2012
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To: blam

All this hype over his sexuality and the non-existant girlfriend masks the fact that Alabama made him look like what he is. A media over hyped Notre Dame Player who wouldn’t make the third team in the SEC. I would be surprised if he is picked in the first 5 rounds.


11 posted on 02/25/2013 10:50:09 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: blam
Says Florio, who wants improve his media profile.

He has no evidence.

Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and Chris Kluwe of the Vikings are outspoken advocates of special rights for fashionable groups.

Doesn't seem to matter to their teammates or employers, who only care about winning games and making money.

If Te'o can win games, no one in a decision-making capacity cares.

If he plays in the NFL like he played against Alabama, he will be unemployable even if he were as enthusiastically heterosexual as Antonio Cromartie.

12 posted on 02/25/2013 10:50:35 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
"A media over hyped Notre Dame Player who wouldn’t make the third team in the SEC."

Yup.

If he were White...or for that matter, Black....we'd never have heard about him.

-Roll Tide-

13 posted on 02/25/2013 10:57:27 AM PST by blam
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To: wideawake

“Doesn’t seem to matter to their teammates or employers, who only care about winning games and making money.”

Winning and making money should be the only thing that matters to a team or a private business.


15 posted on 02/25/2013 11:02:15 AM PST by OKRA2012
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To: newfreep

Yup. And Chris Culliver got raked over the coals for saying out loud what most NFL players think.


16 posted on 02/25/2013 11:03:57 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: Absolutely Nobama; Thunder90; 4everontheRight; ABG(anybody but Gore); Abbeville Conservative; ...

NFL PING

FReepmail Perdogg to be added to, or to be taken off the NFL Ping list...
17 posted on 02/25/2013 11:05:23 AM PST by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz is my adoptive Senator)
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To: Absolutely Nobama; Thunder90; 4everontheRight; ABG(anybody but Gore); Abbeville Conservative; ...

NFL PING

FReepmail Perdogg to be added to, or to be taken off the NFL Ping list...
18 posted on 02/25/2013 11:06:30 AM PST by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz is my adoptive Senator)
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To: OKRA2012
Winning and making money should be the only thing that matters to a team or a private business.

Actually, private businesses should be allowed to prioritize whatever they want to prioritize.

Many private businesses choose to forgo certain opportunities and remain smaller because they have moral priorities that override their financial ones.

19 posted on 02/25/2013 11:08:32 AM PST by wideawake
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To: windcliff

‘It’s Raining Football Players’ bump....


20 posted on 02/25/2013 11:12:34 AM PST by onedoug
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To: blam

He gets "Three Snaps and Your Backfield in Motion."

21 posted on 02/25/2013 11:13:47 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: OKSooner
I think the dude got mixed up in that deal because there's nothing he wanted MORE than a girlfriend - a real one.
You're a star football player at Notre Dame and you don't have at least ONE girlfriend?
C'mon, there's something seriously wrong here.
22 posted on 02/25/2013 11:15:29 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: blam

Many teams are going to pass on him. He’s a risk.


23 posted on 02/25/2013 11:17:24 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: newfreep

Like I’ve said before, there are faggot lovers here on FR..I don’t want these pukes playing on my team.


24 posted on 02/25/2013 11:17:24 AM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: BBell
Who cares?

My first thought as well. As long as he keeps it out of the faces of his teammates and the public, it's his own business. Pray for the kid as you would for anyone afflicted, should he be outed.

25 posted on 02/25/2013 11:22:56 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: wideawake

I don’t believe that I said that private businesses should be required to only be concerned about winning and making money.

I simply said that businesses should be be focused on winning and making money. Businesses that do no prioritize winning and making money are very likely to fail.


26 posted on 02/25/2013 11:24:56 AM PST by OKRA2012
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To: blam

Dennis Rodman is as disgusting POS as you are likely to stumble across. He was, all in all, a plus for his team on the court. This Manti Te’o seems certain to promise some “mentoring” and unpredictable press attention. It is likely to be just a judgment call on pros (he can play) vs cons (he may be an attention whore). Is Manti a Neon Dieon or a Dennis Rodman.


27 posted on 02/25/2013 11:33:42 AM PST by JimSEA ( “what difference does it make?”)
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To: max americana

“I don’t want these pukes playing on my team.”

In my time, I have met some very successful businessmen, some who are worth billions and own very interesting companies.

But, this would be the first time I have had any type of interaction with a genuine NFL team owner. I’m really impressed.

And I support you 100% in your decision not to hire gays to play on your team. After all, it is a private business and you should run that business as you see fit.

Good luck in the upcoming NFL Draft.


28 posted on 02/25/2013 11:34:02 AM PST by OKRA2012
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To: wideawake
If Te'o can win games, no one in a decision-making capacity cares.

Tebow can win games and sell a lot of tickets, yet everyone in the NFL seems to hate him.

29 posted on 02/25/2013 11:34:11 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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Re: An NFL Insider Says NFL Teams Want To Know If Manti Te'o Is Gay

So...  photo ChekovSulu-1-300.gif do we?

Speak for yourself...  photo Chekov-1-150.gif Sulu!

Me? I want to know the phone number of that hot chick...  photo Chekov-2-150.gif he was dating--

30 posted on 02/25/2013 11:34:55 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Moonman62
Tebow can win games and sell a lot of tickets

NFL coaches and offensive coordinators seem convinced that he actually does not have the skill to win games and that his performance in Denver was an unrepeatable fluke.

I have not seen one coach or OC criticize his beliefs (although quite a few talking heads, some players and also former players have) - but I have seen several cite his stats as being problematic.

And contemporary sports is, you will agree, obsessed with statistical analysis these days.

31 posted on 02/25/2013 11:42:13 AM PST by wideawake
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To: BBell

Would you want privacy in the locker room from those who might be sexually attracted to you?


32 posted on 02/25/2013 11:53:55 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: oh8eleven
" C'mon, there's something seriously wrong here. "

Yes, there's a problem of some kind and I don't mean to say there isn't. I'm just not going to jump at the change to speculate.

33 posted on 02/25/2013 11:58:09 AM PST by OKSooner (Godspeed, 3-D Danny.)
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To: blam

I’m guessing that a lot of NFL players are on the down low.


34 posted on 02/25/2013 12:02:27 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: blam
-Roll Tide-

http://bamahammer.com/2013/02/12/4-alabama-football-players-arrested-on-robbery-charges/

UPDATE 8:55 - Eddie Williams, a defensive back who was getting a look at a wide receiver, was also charged on February 10 with carrying a pistol without a license. It’s not known whether this charge led to the other arrests.

Four Alabama Crimson Tide football players were arrested Monday on charges of second degree robbery.

The Jailbase website notes that Eddie Williams, Dennis Pettway, Tyler Hayes and Brent Calloway were booked on charges of second degree robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card.

35 posted on 02/25/2013 12:09:03 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: wideawake
... his performance in Denver was an unrepeatable fluke.
HTH could he repeat his success when he sat on the bench the entire season?
36 posted on 02/25/2013 12:09:35 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: blam

He certainly plays gay.

Roll Tide


37 posted on 02/25/2013 12:11:02 PM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: oh8eleven
HTH could he repeat his success when he sat on the bench the entire season?

He couldn't of course, but he was on the bench because his coaching staff believed that his meager 73 passer rating was as good as he could ever get.

In the meantime, they were convinced that Sanchez's meager 78 passer rating would improve because of his "developing talent."

They saw Tebow as a utility player and Sanchez as a franchise player.

They were clearly wrong about Sanchez - they were probably wrong about Tebow too.

38 posted on 02/25/2013 12:20:27 PM PST by wideawake
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To: blam

39 posted on 02/25/2013 12:22:44 PM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: blam

I was in Houston this past weekend for the annual World Championship BBQ and my response to every single one of the TA&M fans that wanted to brag about beating Alabama this past season was “when you get even one crystal football to bring back to College Station we’ll talk then”......most laughed and hugged me but a few got a little snippy! I guess they didn’t like my Nick Chick houndstooth ball cap! LOL RTR!


40 posted on 02/25/2013 12:37:24 PM PST by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: BO Stinkss
Manti Te'o Falls Down At The NFL Combine
41 posted on 02/25/2013 12:37:50 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

He wouldn’t make any team in the SEC.
Undersized, slow, and can’t get himself squared up in front of running backs.


42 posted on 02/25/2013 12:39:19 PM PST by Palio di Siena
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To: blam

He wouldn’t make any team in the SEC.
Undersized, slow, and can’t get himself squared up in front of running backs.


43 posted on 02/25/2013 12:39:19 PM PST by Palio di Siena
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To: BamaDi
"I was in Houston this past weekend for the annual World Championship BBQ and my response to every single one of the TA&M fans that wanted to brag about beating Alabama this past season was “when you get even one crystal football to bring back to College Station we’ll talk then”......most laughed and hugged me but a few got a little snippy! I guess they didn’t like my Nick Chick houndstooth ball cap! LOL RTR!"

I retired from Texas Instruments in Houston.
One of my VP bosses there had a degree in 'WAR' from A&M. I like A&M.

-Roll Tide-

44 posted on 02/25/2013 12:41:53 PM PST by blam
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To: OKRA2012

Bill Parcells would agree. He had a thing or two to say about “stuck on stupid”.


45 posted on 02/25/2013 12:47:59 PM PST by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: Alaska Wolf
Manti Te'o Is Having A Rough NFL Combine, Disappoints Ravens Coach With A Slow 40-Yard-Dash
46 posted on 02/25/2013 12:49:00 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

When I first this story on the radio I assumed his girl friend was really Phil Hendrie.


47 posted on 02/25/2013 12:57:32 PM PST by ThomasThomas (Normal isn't normal anymore.)
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To: OKSooner

I think you’re being naive.


48 posted on 02/25/2013 1:00:34 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Palio di Siena
He wouldn’t make any team in the SEC. Undersized, slow, and can’t get himself squared up in front of running backs.

The TRUTH, if ever I've heard it.

His performance against Alabama told me everything I needed to know. He'll be a BUST at the pro level no matter who may be foolish enough to draft him.

49 posted on 02/25/2013 1:08:22 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: wideawake; oh8eleven
I have not seen one coach or OC criticize his beliefs (although quite a few talking heads, some players and also former players have) - but I have seen several cite his stats as being problematic.

And contemporary sports is, you will agree, obsessed with statistical analysis these days.

Here's a different take on his statistics.

Tebow's success due to production and protection, not magic

50 posted on 02/25/2013 1:15:37 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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