Manti Te'o has apparently been as invisible in the San Diego Chargers' locker room as Lennay Kekua was to the world at large.
The San Diego Chargers, who drafted Te'o in the second round of the draft last month, did not make the linebacker available for media questions during open locker room access of the off-season work Friday, says Matt Calkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
As Calkins correctly points out, any hiding of Te'o is only going to create more media scrutiny when the rookie eventually does speak on the record at his locker. As OTAs resume today, the Chargers would be wise to go ahead and put Te'o in front of the cameras and recorders and get out of the way whatever questions might arise – from football to fake girlfriends.
The sooner the Chargers head this matter off, the sooner Te'o becomes just another player in the locker room during interview sessions. And in light of the whole embarrassing story, isn't getting back to some sort of normalcy what Te'o, the Chargers and even the media members who cover the team regularly all want?
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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com