Update: 7:30 p.m. – USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw was suspended Wednesday after admitting that he made up the story about rescuing his nephew from drowning to explain injuries to his ankles, the university’s sports spokesman said.
The story was a “complete fabrication,” Shaw told USC athletic department officials Wednesday, according to a statement from Tim Tessalone, USC Sports information director.
According to KTLA, Shaw apologized for misleading the team, coaches and the public.
“I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue,” Shaw said. “I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part.”
USC said it regretted posting the heroic rescue story on their website on Monday.
Officials have yet to say how Shaw actually hurt himself.
LOS ANGELES – As many football teams across the country are preparing for the start of the season, the University of Southern California will be without one of its star cornerbacks.
USC announced that Josh Shaw will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering two high ankle sprains.
According to a release from the school, Shaw was attending a family function when he saw his 7-year-old nephew struggling to stay above water in a nearby pool.
The report says Shaw jumped from a second-floor balcony onto the concrete and crawled into the pool, where he was able to grab his nephew and bring him to safety.
“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw said. “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.”
“That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside. But that’s the kind of person he is. It is unfortunate that he’ll be sidelined for a while and we will miss his leadership and play, but I know he’ll be working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible,” said head coach Steve Sarkisian.
Shaw was named a team captain just hours before the incident.