No, it's a sign of respect for the process that needs to be undertaken. To me, his refusal to stand down looks more like he's guilty. If he's got nothing to fear, removing yourself from the situation shows that you're willing to take one for the team - something that Mal will most certainly reward him for in coming Origins should he be cleared. Staying in the team looks more like he's desperate to get this Origin under his belt because he knows he's about to be sidelined for a while...Stepping aside would be a sign of guilt, If he isn't guilty he should have the right to play in a game he was selected for. If the rest of the team get distracted than that's on them not Te'o, they are professional league players and should act as such.
No, but it needs to be used as a warning to young players on how easy it is to get in trouble. Brett Stewart's situation was unfortunate, but even now, knowing what we know about the supposed 'victim', I think it was the right call at the time. Stand down Te'o while it's being investigated, hell, stand down Boyd and Norman for a week just for being dumb enough to get in the cab with the girl, and I'm sure players will think twice about putting themselves in any situation that'll compromise them.I find the timing of all of this very suspicious, and as I said previously, given the circumstances, I give absolutely no credence to the Lewis woman!
Should Te'o have been picked? Probably not, if only to protect him and Qld from this distraction.
Should he be dropped now? I'm not sure. I don't think it will make any difference to the team, as whatever damage has already been done. Besides, it's not like the issue is going to go away.
I am also strongly against punishing someone who seems to be the victim of what appears to be a manipulative woman looking for a fast buck and a moment of fame.
I could be wrong, in which case throw the book at him if proven guilty, but at this point nothing makes me believe he's in he same boat as a Bird, Inglis or that scumbag Lui.