A fatigued but contrite Manti Te’o talked for roughly 20 minutes with hundreds of reporters here at the NFL Scouting Combine, the first time he’s talked with a full media group since a report surfaced on Jan. 16 that the death of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, was a hoax.
“It was just a whirlwind for stuff for me, a 22-year-old – 21 at the time – just trying to get your thoughts right,” Te’o said, when asked why he waited so long to publically address the situation. “Everything was kind of chaos for a little bit, so you let that chaos kind of die down. And wait until everybody’s ready to listen.”
Te’o said he’s met with two teams so far, the Texans and the Packers, and he’s scheduled to meet formally with 18 more at the combine. Te’o said all the teams that have contacted him so far have asked by the incident.
And what are they asking?
“Just tell me the facts,” Te’o said. “They want to hear it from me basically what happened.”