ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio says that GM’s will want to know about Te’o sexuality, even if it is not relevant to Te’o's skills as a football player.
Te’o is still answering questions about the strange controversy about him lying about his fake dead girlfriend last month. Te’o has made the rounds on the interview circuit including being questioned by ESPN, Katie Couric and dozens of reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
“On the field, you still have to account for what happened in the BCS National Championship Game against Alabama,” Florio told the Dan Patrick Show, via CBSSports.com. “Here’s the elephant in the room for the teams and it shouldn’t matter, but we have to step aside from the rest of reality and walk into the unique industry that is the NFL. Teams want to know whether Manti Te’o is gay. They just want to know. They want to know because in an NFL locker room, it’s a different world. It shouldn’t be that way.”
I don’t think you can ask that question — because of the Dez Bryant question (he was asked by Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland if his mother was a prostitute) of a few years ago,” Florio said. “If you go Katie Couric on Manti Te’o, it’s going to come out that some team, some GM some coach asked Manti Te’o if he’s gay. Then you’ll have to deal with all the distraction and all the stuff that flows after that.”