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Te'o quits Twitter during Super Bowl

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Feb 06 2013 12:56:35 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 06 2013 06:57:19 AM CST
Manti Te'o

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Manti Te'o is no longer on Twitter.

According to multiple media reports, the Notre Dame linebacker deleted his Twitter account (@MTeo_5) during the Super Bowl. The college sports website reported that the account disappeared during the third-quarter power outage in Sunday's game, right at a time when numerous Twitter users were making jokes at Te'o's expense.

It was unclear whether the decision to cancel the Twitter account was previously planned.

Te'o made headlines last fall when it was reported that his girlfriend died on the same day that his grandmother died. Months later, news broke that the girlfriend never existed.

A 22-year-old California man, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, eventually admitted that he created the fictional Lennay Kekua, and that he engaged in a lengthy "relationship" with Te'o via phone and text. Both Tuiasosopo and Te'o said that the linebacker was never in on the hoax.

Later this month, Te'o will have to explain his choices and defend his judgment when he talks with NFL coaches and executives at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. It's unclear whether the hoax will impact Te'o's draft status. lists Te'o as the No. 2 inside linebacker in the draft, projecting him to be the first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens, No. 32 overall. He could fill the vacancy left by inside linebacker Ray Lewis, the future Hall of Famer who retired after Sunday's win over the San Francisco 49ers.

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