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San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o said it is time for opponents to "find a new joke" besides his fake girlfriend from his time at Notre Dame. Te'o was "catfished" into thinking he was dating a girl and received publicity for playing after she reportedly died during the 2012 season.

By SI Wire
December 23, 2014

San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o said it is time for opponents to "find a new joke" besides his fake girlfriend from his time at Notre Dame, Michael Gehlken of the U-T San Diego reports.

Te'o was "catfished" into thinking he was dating a girl and received publicity for playing after she reportedly died during the 2012 season. It was later revealed to be a hoax.

San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle tweeted that he taunted Te'o during Saturday's game and received a strong reaction.

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On Monday, Te'o told the media that he has moved past the incident and hopes his opponents will do the same.

"I got harassed a few times last year (on the field). I expected that. But this year?" Te'o said. "I told him, 'Find a new joke.' "

Te'o, who finished second behind Johnny Manziel in Heisman voting in 2012, was selected by the Chargers in the second round of the 2013 draft. He missed six games with a fractured foot this season and has 48 combined tackles, one sack and one interception this season.

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The Chargers beat the 49ers, 38-35, in overtime to improve to 9-6 on the season. They are currently the No. 6 seed in the AFC by virtue of a tiebreaker over the Baltimore Ravens. They play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

- Paul Palladino

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