Josh Shaw

Complicated situation behind him, Josh Shaw reinstated by USC


The saga of Josh Shaw is about to turn a page to the football field. Shaw has been reinstated by USC as of Tuesday evening, meaning there will be a chance to play football this season for the Trojans following one of the more bizarre stories we have seen off the field.

Shaw was under investigation for an incident in August that has concluded with no charges. Shaw’s story from that day was originally shared as a heartwarming story of heroism, in which Shaw allegedly saved his nephew from drowning ina  pool after jumping off a second-story balcony. As it turns out, Shaw was actually running away from police arriving on the scene responding to a distress call. On Tuesday Shaw learned there would be no charges filed against him, which led USC to conduct its own review before making a ruling on his status with the football program. With no charges filed, this part went quickly and USC determined it was appropriate to reinstate Shaw. Shaw had been suspended as the police investigation was ongoing.

“For several months, local authorities have been investigating the August 23 incident involving Josh Shaw,” a statement from USC Athletics Director Pat Haden says. “They have now concluded that investigation and determined that no action will be taken against him. USC also conducted its own internal investigation of Josh, evaluating both athletic department code of conduct and potential NCAA compliance issues. Based on these investigations and their conclusions, and the 10-game suspension Josh has served for code of conduct violations, we have made the decision to reinstate him.”

“I’ve welcomed Josh Shaw back to the team,” a brief statement from USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “I’m now in the process of evaluating how Josh can contribute to the team’s success.”

Just how soon Shaw returns to the football field remains unknown. USC plays rival UCLA this weekend and hosts Notre Dame in the regular season finale next week. Shaw seeing the field this week may be unlikely given the timing and importance riding on the outcome of the game in the Pac-12 South. A potential return to face the Irish and any bowl game to follow could be likely.

Steve Sarkisian doesn’t know if or when Josh Shaw will return


During the final week of August, USC cornerback Josh Shaw went from hero to zero. Now, Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian doesn’t even know if the senior will play for the team this season.

An elaborate hoax was initially concocted Aug. 25 in which Shaw supposedly sprained both ankles after he jumped off a second-story window to save his drowning nephew. It was revealed two days later that Shaw was named in a police report which could have caused his injuries. The investigation involved a potential domestic disturbance between Shaw and his girlfriend. USC doubted Shaw’s story from the beginning and indefinitely suspended the cornerback after he admitted he lied.

Shaw’s eventual return won’t be determined by Sarkisian or the team. University administration will be involved in the process.

“There is not even a decision to be made on our end at this point,” Sarkisian told the Orange County Register‘s Michael Lev.

Lev also reported, “Shaw’s reinstatement would have to go through several administrative layers before getting to Sarkisian, according to a source familiar with the situation.”

Sarkisian isn’t ruling out Shaw’s return this season, though.

“When you have a senior DB, you’d love to have him out there, especially in our conference where there are so many people throwing the ball,” Sarkisian said. “We haven’t even gotten to the meat of it yet. We still have Washington State and Cal to come, and these guys are unbelievable with what they are doing throwing the ball. We would love for that to occur.”

USC still faces three of the nation’s Top 20 passing offenses in Washington State, Cal and Colorado. Washington State and Cal are particularly prodigious passing programs and are currently first and third in the nation, respectively.

The Trojans, meanwhile, are 54th against the pass.

Shaw may not be the leader his team thought he was, but he would be a welcome addition to a secondary that needs all the help it can get.

Report: Josh Shaw being investigated for possible domestic violence


The Josh Shaw story has taken a turn for the worse.

Not only did Shaw fabricate a story about saving his drowning nephew, which made the USC cornerback appear to be a hero, the reality of the situation may be more unfortunate than initially believed.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Friday it is investigating a potential domestic abuse situation between Shaw and his girlfriend. The incident in question occurred last weekend.

In the earlier police report, officers responded to a call in an downtown Los Angeles apartment building after a “a report of a woman’s screams from a third-floor unit.”

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

The man fit the Shaw’s description, but he hasn’t been identified as the one exiting the building through a pried window.

The police would like to question Shaw further, but his attorney has declined the opportunity to do so.

“We would have like to hear from Mr. Shaw to provide some clarity about the situation, but that is not going to happen,” Capt. John McMahon, head of Central Division patrol, said. “In light of that, our investigation into a possible domestic dispute will continue.”

Donald Etra, Shaw’s attorney, said his client “has already spoken to the LAPD twice. We believe that is enough. The matter is over and there is no need to talk to them further. … Enough is enough.”

Shaw is indefinitely suspended from USC’s football. A return this season will likely depend on the outcome of the investigation and whether or not his teammates will accept him back. USC head coach Steve Sarkisian released a statement upon making the decision to suspend Shaw.

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

USC suspends Josh Shaw indefinitely for fabricating story


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.

USC’s Josh Shaw saves drowning nephew, suffers injuries


The greatest football coach of all time, Vince Lombardi, once famously said, “There are three things that are important to every man in this locker room. His God, his family, and the Green Bay Packers. In that order.”

Josh Shaw doesn’t play for the Green Bay Packers. He is a member of the USC Trojans. However, Coach Lombardi would have been proud to know Shaw has his priorities in order.

The senior cornerback suffered a pair of high ankle sprains Saturday, according to

The injuries are secondary in this story. It’s how he suffered them. Jordan Moore of detailed the sequence of events which led to Shaw’s predicament.

“While attending a family social function at his cousin’s apartment in his hometown of Palmdale, Shaw looked on from a second floor balcony to the pool below and saw his 7-year-old nephew, who cannot swim, in distress without help nearby,” Moore wrote. “Shaw instinctively leaped off the balcony, landing painfully on the concrete below.

“He was able to crawl into the pool and ushered his nephew to safety.  Despite the intense pain in his legs, he was then able to grab the ladder and lift himself out of the pool with his upper body.”

Shaw’s return to the football field is unknown, but that’s secondary at this point. Shaw’s heroic act displays his character and exactly why he was named a captain by his teammates.

“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw told Moore.  “My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world.  I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.”

The college football landscape is littered with stories that reflect poorly on student-athletes and the universities they represent. USC, on the other hand, can be proud to say Shaw is a member of its football team. Whether or not Shaw misses a significant amount of time this season, he’s already a winner.