Manti Te'o not running from punchline

May, 18, 2013
5/18/13
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Keep it up, Manti Te’o.

Showing he has a sense of humor and showing he is not hiding from the embarrassment, the San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker is embracing his notoriety.

Maxim Magazine had some fun at Te’o's expense by naming his fake dead girlfriend, who was at the center of a hoax, among Maxim's Hot 100 women of the year. Yes, it was piling on.

But Te’o responded great – he attended the party to honor the list the magazine threw. Moves like this show Te’o has a handle on the situation. By playing along with the jokes, eventually the snickering will go away.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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