Notre Dame’s Manti Teo on ‘criminal’ comments by Allen Pinkett: ‘Who?’
BY MARK LAZERUS Twitter: @MarkLazerus August 30, 2012 9:54AM
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o walks off the field during the NCAA college football team's spring game Saturday, April 24, 2011 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
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Updated: August 30, 2012 2:03PM
DUBLIN, Ireland — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o didn’t even know who Allen Pinkett was, let alone that they were on the same plane to Dublin on Wednesday night.
So, no, he hadn’t heard about Pinkett’s comments on the radio earlier Wednesday, in which he said Notre Dame needed a few more “criminals” in order to be successful, pointing to Ohio State as an example
Te’os first reaction after Thursday’s brief practice at the training pitch at Aviva Stadium when asked about to respond to Pinkett: “Who?”
“More criminals? He said that?” Te’o added. “No, we just need more ballplayers and more guys that love to play the game. That’s all.”
Pinkett, a former All-American at Notre Dame and the Irish radio analyst, issued an apology earlier, saying he would accept any discipline that was handed down. He still traveled with the team to Dublin for Saturday’s opener against Navy.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he hadn’t yet spoken to Pinkett about it.
“I want guys that play the game hard and play the game the right way,” Kelly said. “And off the field, I want gentlemen.”
Defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore hadn’t heard, either, but said Pinkett was off base.
“I don’t think we need to be criminals or nothing like that,” Lewis-Moore said. “I think we need to be stand-up Notre Dame people. And I’m not saying Ohio State has criminals or nothing like that. I don’t think being a ‘bad boy’ makes you a good team or not. I think we’re a good team, and I think we have really good people on our team.”