Southern California cornerback, Josh Shaw, suffered from an ankle injury. He told his team and coach that he injured himself because he jumped from the 3rd floor window to save his nephew from drowning. Social media got hold of the story and labeled him as a hero.
The story sounded very brave and heroic and everyone commended him for risking his life to save his nephews life. Well that was until this story came out to be false!
Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.
“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” USC coach Steve Sarkisian said. “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.”
Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all of the Trojans’ team activities after acknowledging his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication,” the school announced in a statement Wednesday.
Shaw has issued a short statement through his attorney on Wednesday after being suspended apologizing.
“On Saturday, August 23, 2014, I injured myself in a fall,” Shaw said. “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. 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.”
It is being investigated as to where the lie stemmed from. It was reported that Shaw may have been a suspect of a robbery that took place at where his girlfriend lives on that same day he was injured. The description that was given to police is said to fit Shaw’s as he was seen scaling down the wall after hearing loud screams.
This story is still developing.
Not that lying was already wrong, but to tell this large of a tale is what really turned the spotlight on him.
I am sure he learned his lesson now