USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying about his ankle injuries suffered last weekend, and has been suspended until further notice.
The original story went like this:
Josh’s 7 year old nephew was struggling in a pool, looked to be in danger, and Josh Shaw jumped from a second story balcony to save his life. The heroic dive into the aquatic endzone left Josh with two injured ankles, but more importantly left us all with an incredible feel-good story.
What really happened: No one has any idea.
“I made up a story about this fall that was untrue,” Shaw said. “I was wrong not to tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part. My USC coaches, The USC Athletic Department, and especially coach Sarkisian have all been supportive of me during my college career and for that, I am very grateful.”
Lt. Andy Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday afternoon that a man named Joshua Shaw was mentioned, but not as a suspect, in a report involving a Saturday night break-in at a downtown apartment building.
Josh Shaw was voted as a team captain last week and was going to be depended on as the starting cornerback and a fixture in the secondary for the Trojans in 2014.
“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” Sarkisian said in the statement. “He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story.
“I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized. Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him.”
If there’s one thing I learned form being a collegiate student-athlete, it’s that if the national news reported on every lie that EVERY college kid told their parents, coaches or professor, we’d have a never-ending Ken Burns documentary of fabrications on our hands.
Having said that, Josh should’ve known that when you’re an athlete at USC, you’ve got a microscope with intent-to-incriminate focused on you at all times. The truth always comes out eventually, just ask Reggie Bush.