UPDATE: Statement from South Bend Tribune executive editor Tim Harmon:
At The Tribune, we are as stunned by these revelations as everyone else. Indeed, this season we reported the story of this fake girlfriend and her death as details were given to us by Te’o, members of his family and his coaches at Notre Dame. We’re still trying to put together stories that will be posted later tonight and printed in Thursday’s paper that will answer some, but not all, of the questions about today’s astonishing story.
The South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen wrote last October: “Lennay Kekua was a Stanford student and Cardinal football fan when the two exchanged glances, handshakes and phone numbers that fateful weekend three seasons ago.”
In the Tribune comments below this afternoon’s story:
I think Eric Hansen (the author of the original article detailing how Te’o and Kekua met) needs to start answering as to where did he got the information about that meeting.
If Te’o is the one who told him that, I think the book is pretty much shut that Te’o is a liar and not some innocent and naive victim here.
If Te’o didn’t tell him that, who did?
Also very curious who was feeding these stories to the Tribune and Eric Hansen who wrote it.
UPDATE II: Hansen said at tonight’s press conference — see the seventh question — that it was Brian Te’o who told him about a face-to-face meeting.