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Reports: A ‘Josh Shaw’ named in police report at time of USC CB’s heroics

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A tale of heroics has quickly devolved into something bizarre — and potentially very sad.

According to both the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register, a police report names a “Josh Shaw” in connection to a possible break-in at an apartment just a few miles from USC’s campus at some point between 10 an 11 p.m. PDT Saturday night.  That’s around the same time that a USC cornerback, also named Josh Shaw, was reportedly in the process of saving a seven-year-old nephew from drowning by jumping from a second-floor balcony, sustaining a pair of high-ankle sprains in the process.

That claim, however, has subsequently come under intense scrutiny.

From the Times:

At 10 p.m. Saturday night, officers went to the Orsini Apartments on North Figueroa Street to check on a report of a woman’s screams from a third-floor unit, police said. No one answered the door, so the officers forced entry. No one was inside.

A neighbor reported seeing a man run across or scale a balcony, and gave a general description of the individual.

Later, as officers interviewed a woman resident of the complex, they told her what the one witness had seen. She responded, “Sounds like my boyfriend, Josh Shaw,” according to Lt. Andrew Neiman, an LAPD spokesman. The woman also told the officers Shaw was at dinner with friends, Neiman said.

A man at the front desk of the Orsini Apartments on Tuesday afternoon said Shaw was not a registered resident. The LAPD did not identify the woman in the incident report.

Witnesses described seeing “a ‘black male with dreadlocks’ leaving via a balcony,” the Register wrote. It has not been determined that USC’s Shaw, who is black and has dreadlocks, is the Shaw wanted for questioning in connection to the incident.

“No one has been arrested or named as a suspect,” a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told the Register. “Mr. Shaw’s name was listed in the report as the victim’s boyfriend only. This is an ongoing investigation.”

Shaw’s sister confirmed to USA Today Tuesday that Shaw had saved her son, the player’s nephew, but that she was not actually at the event the heroics were alleged to have happened.  USC is currently in the process of vetting Shaw’s claims.

“He came to us with what occurred Saturday night, and I have no reason, no history to not believe Josh and his story,” head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “I think it’s important to know your team. I think it’s important to know your players.

“Josh Shaw has been a good leader for us; he’s given me no reason not to believe him. But you need to know.”

Regardless of how it happened, Shaw, a team captain, will be sidelined for a significant period of time because of the injuries to both ankles, which will have a significant impact on the Trojans’ defense on the field. And that’s not even mentioning the off-field distraction and/or circus that will come to town when he does return.


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16 Responses to “Reports: A ‘Josh Shaw’ named in police report at time of USC CB’s heroics”
  1. longborer69 says: Aug 27, 2014 9:18 AM

    Well, makes me feel a fool for believing his initial story.

    If it’s all a lie, will Sark kick him off the team? One would hope so.

  2. mydixienormus says: Aug 27, 2014 9:34 AM

    Sark is a liar himself (see his comments about not interviewing for the USC job, his claim that UW was his dream job, etc.).

    I wouldn’t think he would boot this kid for lying. That would make Sark a hypocrite.

    Oh wait….

  3. kastout11 says: Aug 27, 2014 9:59 AM

    If he was the one involved in the robbery, which it appears he was, then only answer is for him to be kicked off the team. It sounded like a good story. I hope he was not involved in the robbery and he actually saved his nephew.

  4. El Pollo Loco says: Aug 27, 2014 10:19 AM

    Thug life

  5. mrlaloosh says: Aug 27, 2014 10:26 AM

    Pete Caroll is flabbergasted!!!!

  6. scbaby2013 says: Aug 27, 2014 11:08 AM

    Lol all these USC haters…let’s wait until they investigate…until then fight on men of Troy!!!!

  7. fasdfasdfdggf says: Aug 27, 2014 11:19 AM

    Has anyone checked Shaw’s pants to see if they have ignited into flames?

  8. canetic says: Aug 27, 2014 12:15 PM

    Lol. He could have come up with any story about how he sprained his ankles but he comes up with a story about himself saving a kid’s life which brings extra attention to the situation. So not smart.

  9. ohand16 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:15 PM

    I blame Kiffin. Fight on!

  10. sfsugator says: Aug 27, 2014 12:28 PM

    I doubt he was involved in a robbery, dude is gonna be a first round pick and has that all inclusive meal plan Sc provides. why would he lie?

  11. eoyguy says: Aug 27, 2014 12:52 PM

    Interview the 7 year old. Their lying abilities aren’t as fully as developed as say, a 22 year olds.

  12. manik56 says: Aug 27, 2014 12:57 PM

    TMZ has the story.

  13. onceuponatimeinsports says: Aug 27, 2014 12:59 PM

    I heard Police were responding to sounds of rhythmic slapping coming from a shower and saw Shaw leaping from the 3rd story balcony while the ghost of Joe Paterno stood out front deflecting authorities….

  14. jrs45 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:13 PM

    Lol USC is like the Miami of the west coast.

  15. bigedefense says: Aug 27, 2014 11:12 PM

    longborer, I am with you on feeling duped! I must admit, I posted on the original story & praised this guy. I give credit to those that didn’t believe it from the start, they were right & I was wrong. I guess with all the negatives going on off the field in college football, I was too excited about a positive story.

    Someone posted he messed up coming up with that story & I see your point. However, he is in L.A. So maybe he can get a gig as a writer for a tv show. He sure seems to be able to captivate an audience.

  16. longborer69 says: Aug 28, 2014 3:38 AM

    bige, we weren’t duped by this guy, we were duped by USC spreading his story.

    “Fight on men of Troy” — yeah, right. I AM a USC hater, and they’ve just given me another reason to hate them.

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