Update: Josh Shaw released a statement through his lawyer, Donald Etra, in which he apologized for his decision to lie about the circumstances surrounding his injury.
Josh Shaw’s statement: pic.twitter.com/mFLrefLlFF
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 27, 2014
Earlier: On Tuesday, we learned that USC senior defensive back Josh Shaw may have made up a story about how he injured both of his ankles. According to Shaw, he injured them while he was rescuing his nephew from drowning at a family event. However, Trojans head football coach Steve Sarkisian told reporters that there were reports that contradicted his captain’s description of the events, and that it was being investigated by the university.
Today, Shaw came clean, and admitted that he made up the entire incident. The university announced Shaw’s decision to tell the truth in a statement released by the university.
He said that the story he told of rescuing his nephew in a pool in Palmdale, Calif., was a complete fabrication. He apologized for misleading his coaches, teammates, athletic department officials and the public.
“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” said USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian. “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.”
According to the report, Sarkisian has decided to suspend Shaw indefinitely, and Shaw has reportedly retained legal council. Shaw will release a statement through his lawyer sometime in the future.