USC has suspended Josh Shaw indefinitely after the cornerback admitted to creating a story about hurting his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning.
The story for Shaw came apart quickly as contradictory reports surfaced soon after USC released an account of how Shaw had injured his ankles.
“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” said head coach Steve Sarkisian in released 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. 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.” said Sarkisian. “I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him.”
Shaw released a statement of his own.
“On Saturday August 23, 2014, I injured myself in a fall,” said Shaw. “I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong not to tell the truth. I apologize to USC for my action on this 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.”