Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/4/14

San Diego Chargers director of public relations Bill Johnston was a guest on XTRA Sports 1360 Monday and shed a little light into why the team made the decision to shield rookie Manti Te'o from the bloodsucking group of people with microphones referred to as the media. “Right now, anything that he does . . . makes news,” Johnston said.  “Right now, the news that people are talking about with him is really not the news that we want him to be talking about.  Really, he’s a rookie, he’s a second-round draft pick, yet everybody wants to talk to him.  Well, why?  Well, it all goes back to that stuff that happened back in the winter, and back when he was at Notre Dame. He does make a point. People in the media don't want to talk about football with Manti, they want more details on his famous scandal. But on the other hand, he's a grown man. They obviously can't keep him shielded forever. “To us, that’s not what we want him talking about.  We want him focused on becoming a Charger, on becoming a better player.  Learning our system.  Getting comfortable here.  We want him talking football, talking Chargers, and that’s all we want him focused on right now.  So we’re doing what we think is in his best interests to stay focused and become the best player he can.”

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