USC's Josh Shaw Admits He Fabricated Story About Rescue

USC's Josh Shaw Admits He Fabricated Story About Rescue

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(FOX 11) USC Senior Cornerback Josh Shaw admits he lied.  He told USC officials that he fabricated the story about rescuing his nephew in a pool in Palmdale, California.  Shaw made up the story to explain a pair of high ankles sprains he got over the weekend.

Josh Shaw released this statement through his attorney.  "On Saturday, August 23, 2014 I injured myself in a fall.  I made up a story about this fall that was untrue.  I was wrong to not tell the truth.  I apologize to USC for this action on my part. My 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.”

“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” said USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian.  “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.”

Sarkisian said that Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities.  

USC released Shaw's pool rescue story on Monday calling Shaw's actions “heroic.” Now, the university says it regrets the posting of the initial story on Monday, August 25th.       

From Bob DeCastro:

The future of Josh Shaw now in question. Considered one of the best cornerbacks in all of college football this season and voted by his peers as team captain, Shaw has been suspended by USC indefinitely, after admitting he fabricated an elaborate story about saving his nephew from drowning.

Shaw released a short statement through a criminal defense attorney saying in part "I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong not to tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part."

New head coach Steve Sarkisian said this "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.…"

Students on campus are stunned.

And today there are many more unanswered questions for the USC community.

If Shaw did not jump from a 2nd story balcony to rescue his seven-year-old nephew, what was the actual cause of Shaw's ankle injuries?

And will Shaw return to the Trojans this season?

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