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Manti Te’o is off Twitter until the NFL draft

Handout photo of Manti Te'o during an interview with ESPN in Bradenton

Manti Te’o during an interview with ESPN, in Bradenton, Florida, January 18, 2013, courtesy of ESPN. Notre Dame football star Te’o has denied ever being in on an elaborate hoax, telling ESPN he had believed his relationship with a woman who turned out to be an online fabrication was real. Picture taken January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Ryan Jones/ESPN Images/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT SOCIETY) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS


If Ronaiah Tuiasosopo wants to contact Manti Te’o any time soon, he’ll have to do it via some method other than Twitter.

Te’o has deleted his Twitter account, and ESPN reports that he’s off Twitter temporarily because he’s putting all his focus on the NFL draft.

It wouldn’t be surprising if, when NFL teams talk to him this month at the Scouting Combine, they urge Te’o to get off Twitter (and other forms of social media) permanently. When you’ve become America’s most disliked football player because of a relationship that began through social media, you’re probably better off staying far away from social media.

In addition to wanting to see Te’o work out, what NFL teams will want to see from Te’o in the 11 weeks until the draft is an indication that he’s not going to be a distraction off the field. Getting off Twitter is one small step toward that.