Fabrication suspected for other Minnesota Daily sports stories

Ben Gotz

The Minnesota Daily announced on July 15 that three published sports stories contained fabrications. The announcement led to a review of previously published sports stories, several of which are suspected to contain fabrications.
 
Former Minnesota basketball player Trevor Mbakwe said he was not interviewed for a July 8 story, “Mbakwe continues career abroad.”
 
Minnesota head track and field coach Steve Plasencia said he does not recall being interviewed for a July 1 story, “Deng fails to advance at U.S. Track Championships.”
 
Rehabilitation and therapy specialist Lura Mason at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park said she was not interviewed for a story in the same issue, “Carr bounces back to the 
wrestling mat.”
 
Minnesota head baseball coach John Anderson and Minnesota baseball player Alex Boxwell both said they do not remember being interviewed for a June 17 story, “Ex-Gophers give back.” Plasencia and Minnesota athlete Goaner Deng said they do not remember being interviewed for a story in the same issue, “Two Gophers named All-Americans.”
 
Plasencia and Deng also said they do not remember being interviewed for a June 2 story, “Three Gophers move on to the NCAA Championships.”
 
Deng said he did not remember being interviewed for both a May 27 story, “Minnesota prepares for NCAA Regional,” and an April 9 story, “Weather is track’s unknown factor.”
Drake Relays director Brian Brown has no recollection of being interviewed for an April 23 story, “Drake Relays mark special weekend for Minnesota track and field.” 
 
Former Minnesota Daily sports reporter Grant Donald wrote these stories. Daily staff members will continue to review Donald’s previous stories.