Of all the questions arising from Deadspin's Manti Te'o story, maybe the biggest is: Why didn't other journalists uncover the hoax sooner? The story broke Wednesday night, and news geeks are still trying to put the pieces back together.
• What did Manti Te'o know, and when did he know it? Both he and Notre Dame said he learned his dead girlfriend Lennay Kekua wasn't dead, because she never existed
, on Dec. 6. And yet he referred to her on Dec. 8 and 9
, Associated Press reporter Tom Coyne writes:
Te'o was in New York for the Heisman presentation on Dec. 8 and, during an interview before the ceremony that ran on the WSBT.com, the website for a South Bend TV station, Te'o said: "I mean, I don't like cancer at all. I lost both my grandparents and my girlfriend to cancer. So I've really tried to go to children's hospitals and see, you know, children."
It happened again in a Bill Dwyre column that ran in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 10
. Dwyre wrote: "He said girlfriend Lennay Kekau 'made me promise, when it happened, that I would stay and play,' Te'o said Sunday night." (more...)