USC: Player Lied About Rescuing Drowning Nephew

Trojans captain Josh Shaw suspended indefinitely

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 28, 2014 3:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – Luckless USC cornerback Josh Shaw not only has two sprained ankles, his pants are on fire: The Trojans captain has been suspended indefinitely after admitting that he made up a story about suffering ankle injuries while rescuing his 7-year-old nephew from a pool on Saturday, reports the Los Angeles Times. "We are extremely disappointed in Josh," USC coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement that didn't address the cause of Shaw's injuries. "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."

Shaw claimed he leaped from a balcony and landed on concrete after seeing his nephew in distress, and told reporters, "I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew." He issued a brief statement through his lawyer apologizing for fabricating the story. So how did he really hurt his ankles? A man named Joshua Shaw was mentioned in an LAPD report of a break-in Saturday night, though not as a suspect, the AP notes. Officers who responded to a report of screaming in a third-floor apartment say a woman who said she was in "a relationship" with Shaw told them someone had pried open her window and entered her apartment before fleeing.

In this Dec. 3, 2014, photo, University of Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw answers questions at a press conference.
In this Dec. 3, 2014, photo, University of Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw answers questions at a press conference.   (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/L.A. Daily News)
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