If Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o truly is a victim of a hoax — as he and Notre Dame claim — his story doesn’t add up. If Te’o truly is a liar and a conspirator — as the exhaustive reporting from Deadspin.com suggests — the obvious question is: Why?
Why lie about a girlfriend? Why, as a red-blooded superstar linebacker with the world as your oyster, do you lie about something as simple — yet eventually, so complex — as a relationship?
This, more than anything, is why this story needs to play out. This, more than anything, is why this story is far from complete.