Manti Te’o has been in the public eye for quite some time now ever since the infamous girlfriend hoax/whatever it was. Watching this situation from afar, it has a Tim Tebow-esque impact on the way people view him in a negative way. If you are the Baltimore Ravens, is that something you really want to have on your team?
A lot of teams will say, “Hey we are not worried about that we just need to see results and if the kid can play.” Well, that’s one way to look at it. But it is easier said than done.
With Te’o – as with Tebow before him – it is a circus-like atmosphere. Sure, at Tuesday’s Notre Dame Pro Day, he ran a 4.7 that should help his draft after running in the 4.8 range at the NFL Combine in February – but does his play justify the accompanying unwanted attention whatever team drafts him will receive?
If the Ravens were to draft him, I wouldn’t be outraged by the selection, but that I think that is just additional pressure they are putting on the team that isn’t really needed.
You could argue that if there is any team in the NFL who capable of dealing with issues outside of the game of football, it’s the Ravens.
We love Ray Lewis. He will be with this city and Maryland for as long as football is played. But at the same time, there have been many stupid people claiming Ray Lewis to be a murderer given the situation in Atlanta in 2000.
The Ravens are used to having a very polarizing figure on their team.
Ravens fans, players, and employees alike saw the stupidity and hatred of Ray Lewis on a daily basis. While some embrace the “us against the world” mentality, others are relieved to have the spotlight that Ray Lewis brought with him turned off.
Some fans care about perception of their favorite team among general NFL fans. Many outside of Baltimore consider the Ravens “thugs” despite the fact that those days left with Brian Billick. The current Ravens have one of the closest “family”-type locker rooms in the NFL.
With the preexisting public perception of Manti Te’o, adding him to the Ravens would only reinforce the haters, and give them something else to spew uninformed opinions about.
Do you think Teo is worth it?