ESPN has just announced that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has conducted an off-camera interview with Jeremy Schaap that will be posted on ESPN.com and be made public on SportsCenter after midnght ET. ESPN public relations tweeted this picture showing Schaap, Te’o and part of Te’o’s public relations team at a conference table with no video cameras present.
To have this coming out late Friday night is a great way to bury the story. Certainly not ESPN’s fault here. Te’o’s people making him to an off-camera interview isn’t helping either, but strange time to be having this come out. It would be more serving for him to do an on-camera interview, but maybe this is part of an agreement for one later. We’ll see.
UPDATE, 12:20 a.m.: Josh Krulewitz of ESPN public relations has this statement on the parameters of the interview.
On ESPN Te’o interview: We had no parameters on questions. While no tv cameras were permitted and use of audio was limited, we can use anything from the interview across our outlets.