Te'o tells paper hoax won't affect draft position

Updated: February 19, 2013, 12:37 AM ET
Associated Press

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Manti Te'o tells USA Today 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 says 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.

Te'o has been training in Florida for this week's NFL combine and he tells USA Today he just needs to "go out there and perform and all that other stuff is behind me."

He spoke to the newspaper on Monday.


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