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Manti Te'o's Father Blacklists Honolulu Star-Advertiser After Front-Page BCS Photo

Manti Te'o's family will no longer give interviews to the Star-Advertiser
Brian Te'o, the father of Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o, "blacklisted the Honolulu Star-Advertiser because of how the newspaper portrayed his son on the front page” following Alabama’s victory over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship, according to Paul Banks of CHICAGONOW.com. Brian Te’o last week posted this comment and a photo of the newspaper on the Manti Te’o “Official” Fan Club on Facebook: “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 (Eddie Lacy). 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” (CHICAGONOW.com, 1/13). In Indiana, Bill Beck noted the thread by the middle of last week “attracted more than 4,000 ‘likes’ and close to 1,100 comments, mostly bashing the publication for its lack of loyalty to Te’o.” But the thread by Friday “had been deleted” (ETRUTH.com, 1/14).
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