USC Update: Josh Shaw Is No Hero!
There was a recent report of a story about a football player from the University of Southern California (USC) named Josh Shaw. The initial story, which was released by the school, portrayed the player as a hero. On Saturday, August 23, after attending an annual dinner, where he was just elected a team captain, Shaw allegedly jumped from a second story balcony to save his 7 year old nephew from drowning. As a result of this he sustained two sprained ankles and was said to be in rehab to rebuild his strength so I could return to the field as soon as possible.
On Tuesday, August 26, the school decided to do an investigation after the coach received a number of calls that raised red flags about the incident. On Wednesday, August 27, while attending on-campus meetings with team officials, Shaw admitted that he gave them false information. The only true statement from the story was that he sprained both his ankles. The school did not mention how Shaw actually injured himself, but they did express their disappointment in their star cornerback.
His head coach, Steve Sarkisian, said:
“We are extremely disappointed in Josh. 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.”
“I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized. Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him.”
Shortly after Sarkisian released his statement, Shaw addressed the media. In a statement released by his attorney, Donald Etra, Shaw admitted his wrongs apologized for his actions.
“I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong not to tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part. My USC coaches, The USC Athletic Department, and especially coach Sarkisian have all been supportive of me during my college career and for that, I am very grateful.”
An officer from the Los Angles Police Department, Officer Jane Kim, also released a statement which explains how Shaw was injured.
“On August 23, at around 10:40 p.m., officers responded to a radio call of a screaming woman at the 500 block of Figueroa. They met witnesses who directed them to the apartment. After knocking on the door there was no response and officers made entry. No one was home. When they looked at the apartment they observed that the rear window had been pried open. Witnesses identified a male, black with dreadlocks leaving the apartment from the balcony. During the investigation the person who lives in the apartment returned and talked about her roommate and boyfriend, Josh Shaw, but he is not named as a suspect.”
Witnesses came forward to police and said that a man matching Shaw’s description was seen jumping from a three-story balcony, not a two-story. His attorney, Etra, who happens to be a criminal attorney, says, “There was no criminal activity whatsoever”. He stated that he was hired by Shaw to give him advice on the matter and he is ready, willing and able to give it.
As a result of Shaw’s actions he has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities.
Akeera Weathers | News Cult