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“I think he should be able to do it in his own time, whenever he is comfortable,” he said.

Te'o’s comments to ESPN though made it sound as if he is ready to put this all behind him _ and Tuiasosopo.

“I hope he learns,” Te'o said. “I hope he understands what he’s done. I don’t wish an ill thing to somebody. I just hope he learns. I think embarrassment is big enough.”

He added: “I’ll be OK. As long as my family’s OK, I’ll be fine.”


Associated Press writer Tom Coyne in South Bend, Ind., contributed to this report.