USC Football Player’s Rescue Story was a Lie

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Hours after being named team captain, USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw injured both of his ankles by jumping from a second story balcony to save his nephew from potential drowning. Courtesy: USC Athletics


A USC football player is suspended from the team after admitting he made up a story about rescuing his nephew that went viral earlier this week.

Josh Shaw, a senior cornerback for the USC Trojans, told athletic department officials the story was a “complete fabrication” according to a statement from the school.

Shaw apologized for misleading the team, coaches and the public, reports our sister station KTLA.

Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities according to the statement obtained by KTLA.

Shaw had initially told a compelling story about jumping off a second-floor balcony to save his young nephew from the pool below. He said that was the reason he hurt both his ankles.

However, the university began investigating this version of events after receiving calls disputing the details.

As for what actually happened? Shaw’s attorney released a statement on his behalf that reads: “I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue.”


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