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UPDATE: Sister speaks on Josh Shaw’s behalf

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Sometimes a story is too good to be true. Could this be the latest example of that adage at work?

USC is opening an internal investigation into the story of senior cornerback Josh Shaw saving his nephew from drowning. The story shared by USC’s athletics website was inspirational and a touching one. Shaw reportedly suffered a pair of high ankle sprains while allegedly leaping from a second floor balcony into a pool below to save his nephew, who cannot swim.

A day later, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian says there may be conflicting information regarding how the injury to Shaw’s ankles were suffered.

For now, USC is keeping Shaw from meeting with the media until the university can confirm the information regarding the injuries.

UPDATE (5:00 p.m. ET): According to information obtained by NBC News, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said they have no record of any calls to their Palmdale station for service involving Shaw or a family member due to a near drowning.

UPDATE (8:00 p.m. ET): Josh Shaw’s older sister, Asia Shawspoke with USA TODAY on behalf of her brother. She confirmed the initial report of the football player saving his nephew — her son — but wouldn’t comment on any “speculation” that Josh Shaw injured himself during a burglary.

“The one who was supposed to be watching him turned away for a second,” she said. “And Josh, who is on the balcony, saw the incident and reacted.”

Asia Shaw also confirmed no authorities were involved in the matter since her son didn’t experience any respiratory impairment.

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23 Responses to “UPDATE: Sister speaks on Josh Shaw’s behalf”
  1. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Aug 26, 2014 1:57 PM

    USC does not want to get Kekua’d.

  2. mydixienormus says: Aug 26, 2014 1:59 PM

    I heard he was chasing some ho’s when he got hurt…

  3. uknowimright1 says: Aug 26, 2014 2:01 PM

    Bet he was partying & acting a fool…”look girls, I can make it to the pool from here!”…right before splat & scream, LOL

  4. kaspauf says: Aug 26, 2014 2:35 PM

    So he was jumping into the pool to save the girlfriend of Manti Te’o?

  5. 1990tiger says: Aug 26, 2014 2:59 PM

    For his own sake, I hope Shaw didn’t make the story up to cover up some stupid mistake he might have made.

  6. uknowimright1 says: Aug 26, 2014 3:07 PM

    …and the Captain Obvious statement of the week has been made!

  7. mogogo1 says: Aug 26, 2014 3:08 PM

    It’s all been cleared up. Te’o’s dad met Shaw’s nephew and said he’s a great kid.

    That was always one of the more amazing and overlooked parts of that whole affair, that Te’o’s dad gave interviews implying he’d met the imaginary girl. That never really fit the “I was catfished” official version of events.

  8. remyje says: Aug 26, 2014 3:16 PM

    the funny thing is someone on the last story brought michael sam into the discussion calling this a real act of bravery….lol

  9. fpstratton says: Aug 26, 2014 3:44 PM

    This story seemed kind of odd to me when I first heard it.

  10. stoicpaisano says: Aug 26, 2014 3:44 PM

    Running from the cops, what coonery. Who’s this dude think he is with some Spiderman shit, Omar Little?

  11. kinggator says: Aug 26, 2014 3:54 PM

    …. was that wrong? I’m not supposed to lie about how I go hurt? If somebody had told me that when I got to USC I would have never lied. – Shaw

  12. canetic says: Aug 26, 2014 5:45 PM

    Pete Carrol is gone, but his legacy remains.

  13. ryanw822 says: Aug 26, 2014 6:24 PM

    lol@ the USC fanboys pumping this kid up yesterday.

    FightON Josh!!

  14. sportsfan18 says: Aug 26, 2014 7:07 PM

    Stupid folks never seem to understand that when they’re in a hole, they need to stop digging…

    Oops, I did something wrong… Let’s do something else wrong to “cover” up the first thing I did wrong.

    Yeah, that’ll fix it.

    John Q Public = Mo Ron

  15. canetic says: Aug 26, 2014 8:34 PM

    Mama raised a family of liars!

  16. bonnovi says: Aug 26, 2014 9:37 PM

    This story’s just getting a little depressing now.

  17. dejadoh says: Aug 26, 2014 11:24 PM

    Don’t worry, USC is working hard to coverup this story as fast as I can type, and pay off whoever they have to. Go on the LA Times web site and they indicate that USC is investigating a story (that fishwrap still has two positive stories posted about this). Shouldn’t the LA Times be investigating this story, or are they waiting for Yahoo Sports to scoop them again. What a crappy newspaper.

  18. scottsteinle says: Aug 27, 2014 12:40 AM

    Josh Shaw is an incredible person. He is a man of great character and deserves to be seen as the hero he is!

  19. mungman69 says: Aug 27, 2014 5:51 AM

    No speculation please,
    I think that he is covering up a stupid prank gone wrong. When do stupid pranks go right?
    He may have been showing off. He may have been running from the cops. Hell, he may have fallen out of bed but whatever, I’m not going to print anything until I KNOW what happened.

  20. maddog111 says: Aug 27, 2014 8:50 AM

    mungman69 says:
    Aug 27, 2014 5:51 AM
    No speculation please,
    I think that he is covering up a stupid prank gone wrong. When do stupid pranks go right?
    He may have been showing off. He may have been running from the cops. Hell, he may have fallen out of bed but whatever, I’m not going to print anything until I KNOW what happened.
    ————————————–
    “No speculation please”, then you post three speculative situations.

  21. jrs45 says: Aug 27, 2014 9:08 AM

    USC is like the west coast Miami.

  22. scbaby2013 says: Aug 27, 2014 11:12 AM

    Lol all u haters…USC is not corrupt like Miami who provides hookers and other things via Shapiro. Why don’t u trolls focus on your own teams. Fight on

  23. skrong says: Aug 27, 2014 11:21 AM

    I’m Skrong, Te’O Skrong, Te’O’s girlfriend Skrong, Captain Skrong, Sista Skrong, we all Skrong den! Last year was for dem fans, this year for dem Heroes!

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