Report: Manti Te’o's Father Upset By Newspaper Picture Of His Son Getting “Bowled” Over

Manti Te’o's father is upset with the Honalulu Star-Adviser for publishing a picture of his son getting “bowled over” by Crimson Tide running back Eddie Lacy in Monday’s BCS National Championship Game, Deadspin is reporting.

Brian Te’o:

“Our family has been very gracious to the Star Advertiser by providing interviews and photos of our son in the recent weeks. On our way home from Miami we were “privileged” to see how the Star Advertiser returns that favor by posting a photo of our son “presumably” being “bowled over” by the Alabama RB. So, from this point forward, Star Advertiser you have been officially black listed. I will no longer agree to any more interviews, sharing of photos, or anything else, and I will encourage all who have a subscription to your newspaper to not renew. Be more responsible in the future…if you can.”

The post is from the Facebook wall of the “Manti Te’o “Official” Fan Club“. It has over 4,000 likes, 300 shares and 1,000 comments. 

It’s tough to fault the Honalulu Star-Adviser here. The game was an absolute blowout, and newspapers and publications are supposed to tell it like it is. Te’o and the Irish got manhandled, and the picture isn’t anything outlandish. It’s also not a shot at Te’o's character or playing ability, so it’s hard to side with his father on this one.

Here’s the controversial photo:


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