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Josh Shaw suspended after he admits to lying to USC athletic department

Josh Shaw was ready to make a play
Josh Shaw was ready to make a play
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It was only two days ago that Josh Shaw was hailed as a hero for saving his seven year old nephew from drowning. He also attained this feat with two bad ankles. By Wednesday, the superstar defensive back was suspended from the USC program for lying.

USC cornerback Josh Shaw admitted that he was lying, but it wasn’t just a regular lie. It was an elaborate lie that captivated the sports world. According to, University of Southern California announced that Shaw admitted to fabricating the story, and they subsequently suspended him indefinitely.

Here is an excerpt from a statement released by head coach Steve Sarkisian via "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."

Originally, USC released the news of Shaw’s injuries and the back story of his heroic tale. However, by Tuesday, calls began to come into the school disputing the entirety of the saga.

By Wednesday, campus authorities were investigating the tale and it was fairly clear that the story was made up.

According to CBS Sports, Josh Shaw has retained a lawyer and will be releasing a public statement soon.

Shaw is one of the best players on the team, and he was just named captain for the upcoming season, but his availability should be in question for the remainder of the season.

However long he is out, due to injury, or suspension, his contributions will be sorely missed. The USC Trojan family has already accepted his apology, and Shaw isn’t the first player to lie to a coach or vice versa.

The problem is that the story caught on like wild fire and created such momentum, USC has no choice but to be embarrassed.

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