Goshen News, Goshen, IN


January 18, 2013

COLUMN ONE: Te’o hoax leaves journalists red-faced


SOUTH BEND — That said, I’m not here to throw stones. All journalists live in glass houses and we are constantly reminded of our own valid flaws each time the paper comes out. I have yet to put out the perfect paper.

The Goshen News, in fact, wasn’t spared in this Dumpster fire of a story either. We fell for Manti’s story, whether he believed it to be true or not. I mentioned it in a column about Te’o’s impact on Notre Dame’s resurgence prior to the BCS National Championship game earlier this month.

Te’o talked about his relationship with Kekua during his media availability in early October. The following quotes appeared in News Sports Editor David Vantress’s report on Oct. 5.

“Something my girlfriend always stressed to me,” Te’o said, “was always being humble and if anything, I think this experience has truly humbled me and strengthened my relationship with my Heavenly Father.”

Te’o added: “Yeah, it was definitely hard. That has to be the hardest thing that I’ve had to do so far; to be able to operate, and to be able to try to continue with my daily routine, but knowing that I just lost two women (It is confirmed that Te’o actually did lose his grandmother on Sept. 11, 2012, the same day Kekua supposedly died) that I truly loved. That was the hardest thing ... And the other hardest thing was my girlfriend’s service was the day of Michigan’s game. And I remember when I found out. I knew when they were going to close the casket and all that stuff, and it was during walk through. And I remember I asked Coach Diaco, ‘Coach, what time is it?’ And he said, “It’s 12:01.”  And that would be 9:00,  9:01, California time and 9:00 is when they closed the casket for my girlfriend, so I had a moment then.”

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