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Reggie Bush to voluntarily relinquish '05 Heisman

After months of reports about whether he will or won’t, and plenty of ink spilled over whether he should or shouldn’t,  Reggie Bush has taken the decision out of the hands of the Heisman Trust and done what many thought he should’ve a long time ago.

Stripped himself of the Heisman Trophy.

According to Jason LaConfora of the NFL Network, Bush has announced he has forfeited his copy of the 2005 stiff-armed hardware.

“While this decision is heart-breaking, I find solace in knowing that the award was made possible by the support and love of so many.  Those are gifts that can never be taken away,” Bush said in a statement.

(For the complete text of Bush’s statement, click HERE.)

The Heisman Trust was scheduled to meet Tuesday in a regularly-scheduled meeting, although reports Monday indicated that no decision on Bush’s trophy was imminent.

With Bush’s decision to hand over the trophy, there’s no word yet on what the trust will do regarding a 2005 winner, although previous reports have indicated — sorry, VY — that the award will be vacated instead of given to another player.

USC had already returned its copy of Bush’s Heisman in the wake of historic sanctions levied on the Trojans football program.  The stiff sanctions were a result of the NCAA finding Bush had received in the neighborhood of $300,000 in illegal benefits from would-be marketers while a member of the football program.

Additionally, Bush was declared retroactively ineligible for the Trojans’ 2004 bowl game plus his Heisman-winning season 2005 season for being found to have accepted the illegal benefits. Based on the Heisman’s bylaws that a student-athlete must be in good standing in order to qualify for the award, it made his ’05 Heisman a potential — and legitimate — target.

While some may disagree with Bush’s decision to voluntarily relinquish the trophy, it was the right thing for the current New Orleans Saints running back to do, if for nothing more than to save himself the potential embarrassment of being very publicly stripped of the honor by the trust.  

Other than the fact that, you know, Bush was the one responsible for this whole mess in the first place and should be contrite and apologetic and everything else he hasn’t been until this very day.

UPDATED 5:32 p.m. ET: Now that Bush has voluntarily stripped himself of the 2005 Heisman, what should be done with that year’s reward?  Vote HERE to get that voice heard.

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43 Responses to “Reggie Bush to voluntarily relinquish '05 Heisman”
  1. Slim Charles says: Sep 14, 2010 4:58 PM

    ugh. bush has lost a lot of respect in my eyes for caving on this.

  2. JaggedMark says: Sep 14, 2010 4:59 PM

    Stay out of it Mack Brown. U don’t need the recruiting tool.
    The 2005 Heisman shall stay vacated.

  3. tk1966 says: Sep 14, 2010 5:02 PM

    “…. and love of so many. Those are gifts that can never be taken away,” Bush said in a statement.
    Did he really use the word “gifts” in his statement? Seriously? Wasn’t it “gifts” that got him in trouble in the first place?

  4. Go Saints says: Sep 14, 2010 5:03 PM

    They know he was the best player in college football in 2005. Hell, everyone knows it and knew it.

  5. Algernon says: Sep 14, 2010 5:15 PM

    “They know he was the best player in college football in 2005. Hell, everyone knows it and knew it. ”
    Vince Young was the best player of 2005. I don’t see how anyone who watched the Rose Bowl could claim otherwise. If the Heisman were awarded after the season was actually over and all the games had been played, VY would’ve swept the voting.

  6. honeysuckle says: Sep 14, 2010 5:21 PM

    he has given the damned thing back. will all of you just shut the hell up about it now. the writers comment of Bush was the one responsible for this whole thing is so ridiculous I can’t even imagine he has a job writing. The ONE! Wow, amazing how an 18 yr old kid was the evil guide in this whole debacle. No one else was responsible? Is that what you are saying? Idiot.

  7. blitz4848 says: Sep 14, 2010 5:23 PM

    Reggie Bush did the right thing.
    Many people on here including myself wanted him to man up.
    HE HAS….so further jabs are unwarranted……
    Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda
    The HEISMAN has always been voted on and presented before the bowls so conjecture about VY deserving it are irrelevant.
    Leave it ” VACATED ”
    Mack Brown & VY lobbying for this award just
    doesn’t look or feel right…LET IT GO!!!!

  8. Jim from Nebraska says: Sep 14, 2010 5:30 PM

    It’s good he gave it back. But let’s be real here the only reason he gave it back was they were going to take it away.

  9. Omega says: Sep 14, 2010 5:33 PM

    How many times in the past has Bush stated that the Heisman meant nothing to him? That eventho he knowingly and openly violated NCAA regulations which cost his alma matter dearly, he didnt’ care? that he was entitled to those things and doesn’t see what he did as wrong?
    this guy is a dog turd, and I mean that with all due respect to dog turds.

  10. Speedy Palm Harbor FL says: Sep 14, 2010 5:39 PM

    Now that he is a “member in good standing of the National FELON League” breaking the rules and committing crimes seem so appropriate.
    The National FELON League is becoming more famous for low-life, scum bag, ignorant criminals than it “used to be for Football!?
    Bush is just another name added to the list of players who are “MORE famous for their criminal behavior” than they are for being “professionals”.
    What is sad is that these “low life scum” manage to dominate the spotlight by casting an ugly, dark shadow of disgrace over the entire league, while many of the truly decent, high class professionals don’t get the attention they truly deserve.
    There was a time when families and communities had respect for “professional athletes” but they just don’t seem to be as important to today’s slut media!

  11. denverallday37 says: Sep 14, 2010 6:10 PM

    This is stupid no matter what what he did in 2005 still happened and he was the best player in college and everyone will always know it…All these reporters and everyonelse for that matter are a bunch of assholes if the were 17 or 18 years coming out of high school they would have done the same thing reggie did this whole thing is stupid!!!

  12. barkymark says: Sep 14, 2010 6:52 PM

    @Speedy Reggie didn’t commit a crime when he took money from agents. He broke rules, but he committed no crime.
    He gave it back. End of story. Move on.

  13. barkymark says: Sep 14, 2010 6:54 PM

    @denverallday37 That’s what most of these people don’t get. Reggie Bush was a teenager when they began approaching his parents with promises, money, and rent free houses. What would YOU have done if you were an 18-year-old kid living in L.A.?

  14. Top Story! Weekly says: Sep 14, 2010 7:01 PM

    We did a sketch on this story Sunday night at iO West in Hollywood:

  15. dembones123 says: Sep 14, 2010 7:11 PM

    Bush is showing some class. Wish GW would apologize. His dishonesty was a whole lot more damaging.

  16. tensas says: Sep 14, 2010 7:13 PM

    I’m sure it was a difficult decison to come to, but I’m proud that he decided to “man up”. Hopefully, he will be able to rectify this situation down the road and be given his full honor in the Heisman Fraternity. Since the schools won’t / don’t assure the athlete a quality education they need to come up with a “compensation” package. I suggest setting aside “X” amount of dollars each semester until the student graduates or at least allow them to benefit from the use of their name while they are playing and then upon graduation receive a monetary benefit. Those who do not graduate would receive a lesser amount.

  17. Rick in Huntington Beach says: Sep 14, 2010 7:25 PM

    I agree with Jim from Nebraska – he likely was told they were going to take it anyway. Also think VY may have gotten it if they voted after the bowl game but they don’t. And I think VY should get it now.

  18. Corvidae says: Sep 14, 2010 7:28 PM

    Bush did the right thing, but in doing so he made the Trust get off easy. Players still have no answer as to what will happen if they were to get caught doing the same thing.
    I think the Trust either should have taken it away immediately or said immediately they do not plan to. Now other players in contention for the Heisman have nothing to fear if they go down Reggie’s path.

  19. tryagain says: Sep 14, 2010 7:32 PM

    since this is over, can we officially stop all press about usc until their ncaa grounding is over with- as in no more kiffin stories, etc? i mean, sure it’s entertaining to make fun of him but being that he’s really nothing but a famewhore (kiffin = spencer pratt), he’s getting exactly what he wants.

  20. 1NationRaiderNation says: Sep 14, 2010 7:54 PM

    what a total crock of crap….I can’t believe this non-sense… lets see enhancing performance supplements are banned, but 99.99999 of collegiate athletes juice…….total crcok of crap…plain and simple,,,almost as big of a crock as the bcs, non playoff bs.

  21. birchtree says: Sep 14, 2010 8:36 PM

    Are you kidding! O.J. slaughters two people and the trust doesn’t ask for his to be returned?

  22. CYGNUS X-1 says: Sep 14, 2010 9:20 PM

    he should not have given it back but since he did it should be vacated. he won the award in a vote landslide vote based on what he did the whole season,vince young had a great rosebowl doesn’t mean he should get it for 1 game. besides why would he want it knowing he didn’t deserve it in the first place. now that he gave it up can the media meaning you and florio finaly shut up about it?if not how about you go back and revisit the past winners and make sure there were no improprities with them.

  23. March of the Pilgrims says: Sep 14, 2010 9:40 PM

    In response to the “National Felon League”:
    You know times are tough and the pendulum keeps moving toward the stronger atheletes, it is not that these group of men are more aggressive than any other group of men, it is just that they have 100X the media outlets that cover each and every team member from the water boy and his website to the announcer for the team. The media coverage sells the athelete and in football being a panzy just does not cut it.
    I will agree that in this unprecedented time the untimely deaths of alot of star atheletes is really something that is new and it gains coverage and the detraction from the NFL.

  24. rl2880 says: Sep 14, 2010 11:29 PM

    When these alligations were first reported VY stated he would not accept the Heisman. I do believe had the voting taken place after the Rose Bowl, Vince wouldve won. A sad day for the Heisman Trust..

  25. jbizzy360 says: Sep 15, 2010 2:18 AM

    PEOPLE PLEASE – don’t bang on Reggie Bush too hard and pity poor old USC. Don’t think for a moment USC didn’t see millions in revenue because of his presence…he was a college kid who was enticed by a greedy agent…they are the real villians here…not USC or Bush…Bush, did the right thing so the stupid media will shut up about it already…Yeah, he’s a mult-million dollar athlete, that doesn’t mean he’s not a person who cares about his Heisman or not…Stop hatin..It should remain vacant…Vince Young would look like a punk if he even accepted it…

  26. jcard says: Sep 15, 2010 3:30 AM

    Dear Mr. Bush,
    In reflection of how you have been treated over the month’s over this scandal….karma would seem to dictate a new policy for you! USC history and lore has seemingly moved on without you. Why not reciprocate and denounce the university?

  27. jcard says: Sep 15, 2010 3:37 AM

    Good day for the Heisman trophy…it has long been noted as too the irrelevancy of the trophy in regards to pro success. It appears that R Bush got ride of a boobie prize! LOL!

  28. larry says: Sep 15, 2010 3:45 AM

    In reply to (Birchtree) Why can’t you (PEOPLE) get over OJ, no matter wehat you people think he was found NOT GUILTY does that even matter, or was it the color of his skin, and who he was married too got your undie in a ruffel? So dummy that you people are, if your sitting on death row, and you knew you were innocent, but my people said pull the lever, because of what he is, how would you feel? But let me ask you this, if you found a 100 dollar on the street, I guess you walk on by, because of your moral, and upbringing. Good for you. Because it is not what you do on the field,blood sweat and tears, but how you act behind close doors.

  29. Earthie48 says: Sep 15, 2010 5:37 AM

    Gifts, Perks and Gimmick’s has been used since the beginning to ATTRACK young gifted player’s to professional teams, and they only want to pick on Reggie Bush, give me a freaking break!
    Than ALL Heisman Trophy winner’s should be lined up behind Bush, GIVING BACK THEIRS!
    This is Horse Shet in its funkiest order!
    Another question, why is it they are ALWAYS picking on mostly People of Color to give up their Trophy’s and Paychecks, while the White players remain under the RADAR?

  30. paul says: Sep 15, 2010 6:16 AM

    You can’t have a convicted murderer/terrorist like Reggie Bush hold the most prestigious award in the history of the free and not so free world like the HEISMAN TROPHY!
    He did kill someone didn’t he? That is the general vibe that he did commit some crime against humanity – correct?
    All it is going to take is one Billy Sims or Barry Sanders to say they received $ while they were in college. The Heisman Trust was not going to take this away from him because they know it could possibly open a flood gate. All it takes is one.

  31. Deanna says: Sep 15, 2010 7:17 AM

    Did the Heisman Trust and/or their voting committee know of these allogations against USC prior to Bush being awarded the trophy? Seems dumb to award a trophy to the player who performed the best and then later say “oops” we should not have done that….. I mean, you don’t give somebody an award and then take it away. If they made a mistake and didn’t do their homework, shame on them. What’s done is done. You cannot change the past. Retroactively taking away an award is somewhat awkward. Learn from the ordeal and move on. And I agree with the other guy who commented about OJ….if they didn’t take his trophy back from a knife murderer, then they aren’t the sharpest tack in the box in my opinion………”Go Saints !!”

  32. Larry says: Sep 15, 2010 8:46 AM

    Obviously none of you played D1 football. You are couseled very aggressively on what is against NCAA rules regarding gifts, jobs, etc. Star players such as Bush get additional counceling as they have the potential to move on to the pros. Regardless of his age he knew full well he was breaking the rules and chose to do so. It’s his teammates that didn’t make the pros, didn’t break the rules, and didn’t get the big dollars that are screwed in this mess he created.

  33. Larry says: Sep 15, 2010 8:51 AM

    OJ was eligible by NCAA standards when he got his trophy. What happens afterwords in his personal life is insignificant. Bush was not eligible. No different than a gold medalist getting stripped of the medal after failing a post olympic drug test. Doesn’t matter when they find you wrong. You are wrong.

  34. bcardea says: Sep 15, 2010 8:57 AM

    he’s got a superbowl ring, a bank account bigger than anyone whos posted in here will ever see in their lives and he’s doing what he loves to do for a living.
    people can say anything they want about him but at the end of the day, who are you and what have you ever done to have the right to judge him? everyday we’re met with cases concerning our moral judgment and noone has 100% in that track record.
    and at the end of the day, he’s still in a better situation than most people talking crap.

  35. Larry says: Sep 15, 2010 9:21 AM

    Bcardea, money does not buy integrity. We’re talking about black and white NCAA rules he knowingly violated. I followed the NCAA rules to the letter when I competed. I can judge him all I want. So can his ex-teammates

  36. Brutus B Columbus Ohio says: Sep 15, 2010 11:14 AM

    To be eligible for the Heisman a student-athlete must be in good standing in order to qualify for the award. Bush and his family accepted money and gifts knowing it was against the rules; thus, he was ineligible. I fail to see how anybody can think he should keep the trophy. It’s like saying a stock broker who made many successful trades while breaking SEC (not the football conference) rules should keep the money he made.

  37. Arizona Buckeye says: Sep 15, 2010 1:54 PM

    Bush is a greedy, money grabbing classless turd. Don’t get me wrong, we are all pretty much motivated to better ourselves mentally, socially, and financially, so there is nothing wrong with going for the brass ring. Bush was a special talent and knew he had a great shot at fat money in the NFL. However, where Bush gets the classless turd moniker comes from knowing that big dollars were in reach, couldn’t wait and knowing his actions were breaking the rules still proceeded to screw his university, the fans, and his teammates. That is an act of a classless turd!
    As with most of the posters here – it is time to move on.

  38. bamafan#6 says: Sep 23, 2010 1:24 PM

    On one hand, I’m proud of him for giving up the award and i think its spoke FOR his sake in this ordeal. On the other hand, we cant really give him much credit for simply undoing a wrong. In order to keep football classy and preserve morale, we should leave it vacant. Whats 2005 to football players of that day anyhow? Most of them have moved on to bigger better things.I think its safe to say, now that Bush has relinqued his former award, that we can all turn back around, and move on to other hot topics.

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