Posted March 06, 2013

Texans DE: Manti Te’o would be a joke target on team

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Former Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o is projected to be a late first round pick. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Former Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o is projected to be a late first round pick. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

If the Houston Texans decide to select former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o in next month’s NFL Draft, he can expect to be ridiculed for years to come, according to one player.

Texans defensive end Antonio Smith said Te’o is likely get his fair share of getting talked about, no matter where he gets drafted. Te’o was the subject of a hoax earlier this year when reports came out saying a girlfriend he claimed had died of leukemia actually did not exist.

“Our locker room is full of clowns and, oh man, people would kill him,” Smith said on NBC Sports Network’s “Pro Football Talk.”, via NFL.com. “I mean, he would be the butt of every joke for at least two, three years.”

Smith said that Te’o fitting in a locker room will depend on how he handles the criticism.

“You just got to be a good sport, man,” Smith said. “It is what it is, and you know it is out now, it’s out in the papers and on TV. So, all you can do now, you can’t worry about it, you can’t change it, all you can do now is laugh — laugh with us while we’re laughing at you.”


56 comments
clemente21
clemente21

"Our locker room is full of clowns and"....yeah, we understand that, Bozo Smith. ; )

Fifilo
Fifilo

Decody Fagg survived.

JimMcDougle
JimMcDougle

They'll probably laugh at him more for running such a horrible 40 time and blaming being "tired". Umm, yeah dude. So was everyone else I'm sure. Or maybe they'll bag on him for how his team got ROLLED in the championship game. B

RolliJones
RolliJones

Except Manti graduated with a college degree from Notre Dame. Suck on that Antonio Smith aka Dumbass.

bbthree03
bbthree03

Yeah sure Te'o will be the butt of some jokes, but come on... How old are Te'o jokes to everyone already?

fatnoggin41
fatnoggin41

I heard a sports talk show guy say something like " Te'o should bring an inflatable doll to where ever he is drafted". I guess , some thing to take the pressure off. No doubt, sure to be a distraction for a while.

Kristian
Kristian

If I were in Te'o's position, I'd crack jokes on myself.  Self-deprecation is the fastest and best way to get people to like you.  That's only if it's real though.  In his case it'll probably come off as his attempt to get people to like him.

JackSlipperyEel
JackSlipperyEel

With all the anti-bullying messages in the media these days, what does "laugh with us while we’re laughing at you" say to all the bullies and would-be recipient of bullying out there? Smith is the moron in this scenario.

RayHuggyBearYoung
RayHuggyBearYoung

He will get slaughtered in the clubhouse.  But if he produces in the field it will be good natured and his teammates will have his back more than anyone else.

CliveOwen
CliveOwen

If Teo were a real talent then he wouldn't have needed the "my girlfriend whom I've never met just died of some deadly disease" story to get his name in the paper. He and his team were exposed by Bama and got steamrolled. Even a synchophant like Herbstreet was flummoxed by it all. He'll have a 2 or 3 year career.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

I would think the trash talk would be worse from your opponents on Sunday. But everyone gets teased about something, and there's a simple solution ... work your a*s*s off, play as hard as you can, and win. Nothing shuts up trash talk like the final numbers on the scoreboard.

stashu
stashu

Does Antonio Smith get teased for being the biggest moron in the NFL?

dt
dt

There's a big difference between being ridiculed and being teased.  Busting on someone is different than criticizing them.  This journalist should quit his day job.

opaque
opaque

Sadly, the advice Smith puts forth to Te'o on this issue likely approximates the truth.  With that said, if that were me I'm supposed to sit around and simply grin while others are mercilessly pointing and ridiculing me (let's face it, many of the taunts will be intentionally hurtful and in no way meant to be simply fun) for at least the next couple years?  For someone who admittedly has never had much use for most other human beings my response to that is a simple one - F**K THAT!

Cool
Cool

Te'o will just pretend he didn't hear them.

JohnBunch
JohnBunch

Steelers fan...please let him drop to us mid-first round. People made fun of Mike Tyson's effeminate voice. A lesson my dad taught me...you can say whatever you want to about me...just repeat it with a few less teeth.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

The people of Texas are themselves the "Butt" of everyone's jokes.....something about "steers".....

Heidijoy5
Heidijoy5

Lazy reporting!! this started out this morning on Pro talk and was asked by Smith to Smith. It has made the rounds today on several sites, like it was news. They didn't bother to report the positive supportive responses by Suggs and the kicker from Indianapolis. By the time he gets to a team, I'm sure he knows he'll be teased. These are teachable moments. Estimate of other players(single) catfished 40%. NFL is investigated this and all prospective players and Social Media use. Nobody bothered to reported all the positive feedback Manti, Peterson, Pagano, etc got at the Maxwell Award Banquet. For those interested there is a Video on ESPN3. Thousand attendees gave standing ovations before and after Manti spoke. His Mom and Sister were in tears in the Audience. Sad that Sports New writers and Casters select only the negative things to report. Over 300 at the Combine and 90 free agents. Some good and bad news. Let's have a balanced reporting.

eddie577
eddie577

Teo will be fine. He is talented and once he gets on the field and his instincts kick in he will be very good. He will be a Pro-bowler within 3 years.

JJameson
JJameson

This is not news.  It's not even interesting.

pandah462
pandah462

 @fatnoggin41 Not a bad idea.  If he's in on the joke, it makes it...wait a minute.  You're talking about a bunch of meatheads liking him because he shows some humility.  Me thinks that be a stretch.

casata
casata

 @JackSlipperyEel You must not have played a team sport, bagging on each other is part of team building.  Everyone jokes with each other, its part of the bonding process.

pandah462
pandah462

 @CliveOwen Funny, I think most people heard of him well before this ghostfriend story.  Fail.

Michael50
Michael50

 @CliveOwen And yet, in that 2-3 year career he can make enough money to set himself up for life. So, in reality, who will be laughing last?

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@John NoLastName Jeez, we don't want mature, rational solutions here. What do you think this is? Congress?

Cool
Cool

 @opaque someone needs to loosen the ties on your straight jacket, cutting off circulation to the brain.  You need serious mental health help.. honest.. no joking this time.. you are certifiable. 

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@opaque In the immortal words of King Edward the Longshanks: "You may return to your embroidery."

opaque
opaque

 @Cool

 lol  Wow, life's problems are just too easy for the overly simplistic, huh.  Sorry Cool, but if the rather shallow solution you've offered here was particularly realistic, assuming things play out to the degree Smith has described them, then bullying wouldn't be the insidious phenomenon it most certainly is in society.

opaque
opaque

 @JohnBunch

 Cute thought, but it has a very major flaw - Te'o is a decent but generally overrated talent who would  NOT be destined to be a great NFL player even if all this Catfish crap disappeard tomorrow.  I'm guessing a mid-first round pick who's captain of the special teams four years from now isn't what you have in mind.

bbthree03
bbthree03

Antonio Smith is from Oklahoma... You gotta remember most players aren't actually from the place they are playing for... Durrr, what do they teach you guys up there in Wisconsin?

DavidKBergland
DavidKBergland

 @Wisconsin Death Trip dearest wisconsin deep throat please keep your mouth closed about any state from the south for you have no credibility to us. Thank you.

LuisRincon
LuisRincon

Your an idiot Wisconsin death trip. This statement is one of a player that plays for the Texans, not anything to do with Texas. Like Wisconsin is anything special...please.

JohnP
JohnP

 @Heidijoy5 40% of  single NFL players have been catfished? 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @JJameson It was posted.  People are reading it.  Some are posting comments about it.  Apparently it is news.

Brannon Nelson
Brannon Nelson

 @opaque  @Cool I think he meant that he wold pretend he didn't hear them, just like he pretended he had a girlfriend... *cough*   Is someone overly sensitive to a person who DOWNPLAYED HIS GRANDMOTHER'S DEATH by lying about his made-up girlfriend?

Heidijoy5
Heidijoy5

@JohnP @Heidijoy5 That was an estimate by the Kicker who was interviewed . None probably this serious. Also Washington Redskins and Michigan players were catfished. Apparently Common when new players coming to a new area. You never know who you are talking to On Line. :)

Heidijoy5
Heidijoy5

@JoeCabot @JJameson That's why it's posted for hits only. not Journalism

JohnP
JohnP

 @JoeCabot  @JJameson It was news enough for you to open the article,and interesting enough for you to post a comment

Heidijoy5
Heidijoy5

@JoeCabot You guessed wrong!! Just fed up today!!

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @Heidijoy5  Let me guess: only stuff that you agree with and/or like qualifies as journalism.