The Sports Illustrated transcript release of Manti Te'o's full interview with Pete Thamel provided a window into how deep the Lennay Kekua was and just how many layers existed. While the truth is still in the shadows, several writers who interviewed Te'o and profiled the star linebacker are speaking out as to how they could miss the Kekua hoax.
With all the media angles in this story, it's perhaps the one most up for debate and discussion. How could dozens of outlets, dozens of writers, dozens of top professionals, miss this!?
In hindsight the ruse looks obvious. The way Te'o couldn't remember significant details. The way the story continuously changed. The fact that there was absolutely no record of Kekua anywhere. But it's also hard to understand in hindsight the level of trust these reporters had for Te'o.
One of those writers was Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune, who infamously wrote about Te'o and Kekua meeting in person at Stanford. In an interview wtih 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis, Hansen spoke about his full trust of Te'o and how the Kekua myth slipped through his fingers...