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USC suspends Josh Shaw indefinitely for fabricating story

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What started out as an uplifting story of heroism has now resulted in an indefinite suspension. USC has suspended cornerback Josh Shaw after the player admitted to university officials he did, in fact, exaggerate his heartwarming story.

Yesterday USC head coach Steve Sarkisian announced there was made aware of new information that may have contradicted the story shared by USC about Shaw. USC released a story about Shaw leaping into a pool from a second floor balcony to saving his nephew. In the process he hurt his ankles. USC admitted to being skeptical of the story, yet they published it anyway.

Now Shaw will be suspended for an undetermined amount of time for not being truthful to his team and school. The story he told led to the school being put in the awkward situation of having to pull and retract the original story which was universally received well and praised from coast to coast.

“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” said Sarkisian in a statement released by USC. “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.”

Police are investigating a break-in at an apartment that involves a “Josh Shaw,” although it has been unconfirmed that is targetting the USC player. As previously reported though, witness descriptions seem to suggest it is the same Shaw.

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45 Responses to “USC suspends Josh Shaw indefinitely for fabricating story”
  1. tampajoey says: Aug 27, 2014 6:50 PM

    So he lied… shocker!

  2. bender4700 says: Aug 27, 2014 6:53 PM


    Did he lie under oath? Did he lie to a detective?


    Go focus on CRIMINALS, not misguided kids who made a mistake and has a long history of good behavior.

    Kid made a mistake. He’s allowed to do so. Not a single person was hurt, except him. Only superficially as well.

  3. thekatman says: Aug 27, 2014 6:53 PM


  4. jimmy53 says: Aug 27, 2014 6:56 PM


    Did you miss the part of the story where he is being investigated in connection with a break-in?

    That would be the police focusing on criminals.—also known as, the police DOING THEIR JOB…

  5. soflosportsfan says: Aug 27, 2014 7:09 PM

    bender4700 says:
    Aug 27, 2014 6:53 PM

    Did he lie under oath? Did he lie to a detective?


    Go focus on CRIMINALS, not misguided kids who made a mistake and has a long history of good behavior.

    Kid made a mistake. He’s allowed to do so. Not a single person was hurt, except him. Only superficially as well.

    Did you read the story!? Allegedly he fabricated a story to cover up a robbery he was involved in you dumb***.

  6. barkleyblows says: Aug 27, 2014 7:10 PM

    Scumbag. He fits right in at USCheat

  7. thekatman says: Aug 27, 2014 7:22 PM

    Hey scumbag. Do you always talk about yourself as such? Stil hating? us USC alumni love the hate, because that indicates folks like you are still jealous, even after we’ve come out of the penalty box. Bring it on, pudnucker!

  8. trapshoot says: Aug 27, 2014 7:35 PM

    Best way to describe him: idiot!

  9. th56 says: Aug 27, 2014 7:41 PM

    I feel sorry for the guy. I find it so sad that these young men make such bad choices when handed great opportunities.

  10. floridacock says: Aug 27, 2014 7:57 PM

    USC is playing A&M tomorrow night. No issues there

  11. canetic says: Aug 27, 2014 7:57 PM

    Ha. What about his sister that also said he saved her nephew from drowning? Ooops.

  12. The Bronx Bombers says: Aug 27, 2014 7:58 PM

    In other news, Nick Saban lies and goes on to coach the Los Angeles Raiders….

  13. khearn101 says: Aug 27, 2014 8:04 PM

    Bender: You realize detectives are the same as police right? This isn’t a tv show. How is lying to cop ok, but a detective the same as lying under oath?

  14. bonnovi says: Aug 27, 2014 8:08 PM

    This story has taken quite a turn over the past 48 hours:

    Kind of embarrassing to read the story and comments in retrospective.

  15. crazyfootballfun says: Aug 27, 2014 8:10 PM

    This is sad. It is not the worst thing in the world he did, but he did bring far more attention to himself and to his school by fabricating the story. They are all embarrassed. That said, it should not keep him from the team all season….hopefully he can learn from this and move on. He deserves a 2nd chance.

  16. edwicy says: Aug 27, 2014 8:10 PM

    Probably only suspended until his ankles heal.

  17. addict2sport says: Aug 27, 2014 8:21 PM

    It’s too bad the whole hero thing wasn’t true. Would’ve been nice to celebrate an athlete for a change as opposed to yet another story of another athlete making poor decisions.

  18. abninf says: Aug 27, 2014 8:27 PM

    He would do it again for whatever kid it was. LOL

  19. hittfamily says: Aug 27, 2014 8:41 PM

    Crab leg theft is fine, as long as you sit out a few baseball games. Just don’t get caught lying about an injury, or it will get you an indefinite suspension.

    I wonder if he admitted to Sarkisian to being the burglar, because lying generally doesn’t get you banned from team activities.

  20. thekatman says: Aug 27, 2014 8:47 PM

    Just about every high profile college football team has suspended players for far greater issues and crimes. Hell, ND kept a coach on board even after a student death that he was responsible for and a suicide for which his player was responsible for.

    Oregon keeps players on the roster even after being arrested for dui, dope and lying to police.

  21. hittfamily says: Aug 27, 2014 8:54 PM

    He should have just claimed he hurt his ankle while knocking his girlfriend out in an elevator. He’d have only gotten 2 games, instead of an indefinate suspension.

  22. irishlad19 says: Aug 27, 2014 8:55 PM

    The hits for USC keep coming; the team is too shallow in talent to absorb too many of these personnel losses.

  23. pgilbert15303 says: Aug 27, 2014 9:06 PM

    Pete Carroll’s back?

  24. bobsyerunkle says: Aug 27, 2014 9:31 PM

    This story sounded so fishy when it first surfaced, especially when details emerged such as: the incident occurred at approximately 11:00 pm, so why was a 7-year-old (who couldn’t swim) left unattended by a swimming pool at that hour and why was the pool still open after 10:00 pm? Why was no one else near the child for Shaw to yell to for help? Why couldn’t Shaw have run downstairs instead of jumping at least ten feet or hung down from the balcony by his hands to shorten the distance and lessen his chances of injury? And he “crawled” to the pool to save his cousin and he used “his upper body strength” to pull his cousin and himself out of the pool? Really?

    USC football supporters make such a big deal about other schools’ transgressions (Penn State, Oregon and Notre Dame immediately come to mind) no matter how minor, while USC’s football program should have gotten the death penalty for the crap Pete “The Cheat” Carroll pulled. Is anyone surprised that Carroll allowed OJ Simpson on the sidelines of ‘SC’s football team’s games? So on the heels of ‘SC’s previous cheating is it any surprise one of their leaders, a team captain, pulls out a whopper like this one and the idiotic USC press agents try to get it to go viral without vetting the story first? No shock that a player with this kind of untrustworthy character is a team leader at ‘SC.

  25. addict2sport says: Aug 27, 2014 9:40 PM

    “gotten the death penalty for the crap Pete “The Cheat” Carroll pulled.”

    What exactly are you referring to?

  26. buman94 says: Aug 27, 2014 9:45 PM

    Should we really expect anything different from a USC player, just look at their history.

  27. tigersfandan says: Aug 27, 2014 9:48 PM

    Mark Emmert will probably institute a 2-year bowl ban and vacate every single win in program history.

  28. glenuendo says: Aug 27, 2014 10:03 PM

    Moral of the story? If you are gonna tell a lie. Make it on a smaller scare so as to not have the national media involved.

  29. glenuendo says: Aug 27, 2014 10:04 PM

    Smaller scale I mean.

  30. harbourimages says: Aug 27, 2014 10:54 PM

    Just a poor young man who made a bad decision? And we’re supposed to feel sorry for him? Hardly. More like yet another dumb jock who thinks he’s entitled to stuff without working for it… Especially if he was involved in a robbery. If he was, then I expect USC to kick him out of school so he can get started in his chosen life of crime…. So sick of these “privileged” athletes feeling they are above the rules everyone else must follow.

  31. ducksk says: Aug 27, 2014 10:55 PM

    Liar, liar pants on fire.

  32. sabatimus says: Aug 27, 2014 11:16 PM

    Since he lied, what is he covering up? I mean, if he’s not covering anything up, why lie?

  33. scbaby2013 says: Aug 28, 2014 1:11 AM

    @bobsyerunkle- lol what exactly did Pete Carroll do? Did he pay bush? No a wanna be agent did. Get your facts straight before u start trashing USC. Miami-Shapiro fiasco, ND-prince shumbo rape case, Ohio st-tressel covering up the email knowing Pryor sold items for tattoos, fsu-crabs, and pen state-child rape deserve the death penalty waaaayyyy before USC. I applaud sark and USC for wanting to find the truth right off the bat. Fight on Trojans.

  34. thescorekeepers says: Aug 28, 2014 1:54 AM

    Reblogged this on The ScoreKeepers and commented:
    Crazy how this story changed direction just like that in a matter of days…

  35. longborer69 says: Aug 28, 2014 3:26 AM

    So, I believed the story and made a fool of myself because USC pushed it, so they must have checked it out, right?

    And then they claim they had doubts all along, and now it isn’t true.

    But I’m the fool, because I believed USC. I admit it.

    Just one more reason to hate them.

    It’s really not a story that a dumb kid did stuff he shouldn’t have. Happens to every school. The real story here is that USC played us all for mugs. If you didn’t fall for it, you were smarter than I was, and good for you. But that school needs to take a real look at itself.

    The current regime has just passed Kiffin’s on my “despicability” meter. Never thought it was possible, even for Sark, to do that.

  36. don444 says: Aug 28, 2014 6:16 AM

    Most interesting part of this story to me in many ways was Shaw’s high school coach claiming that he just couldn’t imagine he’d fabricate such a story. Common sense should have told the clown that it’s very unlikely multiple people would come forward to refute such a claim of that nature unless it was indeed NOT true. I can see a guy perhaps feeling obligated to go to the wall for his son in a situation like this, but to assume you ever really know anything about what’s in your nephew’s head, or the kid next door or some player you once mentored in high school is just beyond naive and plain dumb, frankly. Folks will read that and haughtily stick their noses in the air while disagreeing, but yeah, people tend to be much more clueless about character evaluations and exactly what others are and aren’t capable of than they’re generally comfortable admitting.

  37. eoyguy says: Aug 28, 2014 7:34 AM

    I’m SHOCKED!
    I am also surprised by this large glowing, heat omitting orb that rose in the sky this morning, and that the color of the sky is still blue. Who woulda thunk it???
    I’m also quite sure this has nothing to do with a crime committed at the same time by someone fitting his description (possibly with his name) in the same area. Absolutely CERTAIN!
    Now, I’m off to investigate why I am still paying taxes. Another shocker…

  38. 76ersdoubletank says: Aug 28, 2014 7:41 AM

    Two things: First a lot of people commenting here mus have never made a mistake in their life, or ever lied, because they sure are coming down on this kid. He seems more immature and dumb then anything else.

    Now, if he is involved in a robbery, or something else, hey that’s bad news and he should be suspended. But sometimes we get out of control in how we judge a 21 year old kid.

    Also, ESPN had way to big of a piece on for this story. It was overkill and insane. They are the worst.

  39. blakester9999 says: Aug 28, 2014 7:47 AM

    USC and kardashians = best late night talk show punchlines

  40. lamekiffen says: Aug 28, 2014 9:55 AM

    Typical USC player….thug, criminal, liar….those are the qualifications of an athlete at USC

  41. ducksk says: Aug 28, 2014 10:21 AM

    A 21 year old is not a kid. A 21 year old in a position of his (scholarship and privileged student) should know better. Wake up stupid. I hope you miss the game, because it won’t miss you. At all.

  42. Deb says: Aug 28, 2014 11:08 AM

    Since the police are investigating screams at his girlfriend’s apartment, if Shaw was involved, it’s more likely this was a domestic-violence incident than a robbery. And she’s probably refused to press charges. So nothing may come of the “robbery” investigation.

    I get that a player who suffers off-field injuries has to tell the coaches something. But why on earth would you invent a story so outrageous it begs further scrutiny? Someone should have told this guy coverups usually cause more trouble than the deed itself.

  43. ducksk says: Aug 28, 2014 7:53 PM

    Why deb? Because he is a stupid liar.

  44. Deb says: Aug 28, 2014 8:21 PM


    Why should someone have told him coverups cause more trouble than the deed? No, not because he’s a stupid liar–though he is. Someone just should have told him lying is a bad business. When I was little, Mother drummed into me that misdeeds would get me spanked but lying about them would get me spanked twice as hard. I’ve never forgotten that.

  45. tnfire69 says: Sep 1, 2014 11:57 PM

    I agree with Deb why tell a lie so far out there? I’m sure he didn’t want to say “well coach I got hurt trying to rob someone”. When you lie you end up telling more lies just to cover the first one. I believe he was a captain on the team so he should have been suspended. As a leader you should be held to a higher standard. If he earns another chance then give it to him.

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