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USC’s Shaw Admits To Lying, Pants Do Not, In Fact, Catch On Fire

USC's Josh Shaw Admits to Lying, Getty ImagesAfter the University of Southern Cal received several phone calls questioning the validity of Josh Shaw’s story that he injured both ankles Saturday night trying to save his nephew, the senior cornerback admitted that he lied. Manti Te’o’s girlfriend, was shocked, to say the least.

The school released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying that Shaw had admitted to lying about how he injured both ankles and that he has been suspended indefinitely from the team.

”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 the story.” – Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian

In this day and age, it’s hard to believe someone would make up such a dumb lie. It really is. With social media, cell phone cameras and the desire to snitch somebody out greater than ever, it’s astounding that someone could think they’d get away with it.

While we still don’t know how he really did injure his ankles, it’s obvious that whatever it was, he didn’t want his team, the media or the fans to know about it.

Here are some options that – until he tells us the real story and it’s corroborated – we might think happened.

  • Something illegal: Was he somewhere he shouldn’t have been doing something not so smart?
  • Something embarrassing: Did he fall off the stage at a strip club?
  • Something to help someone else: Did he jump out of a girlfriend’s second-story bedroom window because her husband came home?
  • Something innocuous: Did he hurt his ankles jumping off a trampoline, and he felt like a story about saving a kid would be better?
  • Something inexplicable: Maybe he woke up from a drunken stupor and his ankles were injured. He has no idea what happened, but he’s betting it’s worse than saving a little boy from drowning.

Other famous lies include Jeff Kent saying he broke his wrist after falling off his truck that he was washing (he was seen doing wheelies on a motorcycle, which violated his contract). Running back Thomas Jones said he broke his hand answering the phone – but a barber later told police that Jones assaulted him.

The biggest problem with Shaw’s lie is that he turned whatever news he was hiding, which was obviously bad news, into a hero story. He made us go from thinking he’s a bad/dumb guy to thinking he saved a child’s life, in a heroic effort (jumping off a second-story balcony to save his nephew from drowning).

The lesson in this story is – if you’re going to lie about an injury you suffered while doing something dumb/illegal, just say you fell down the stairs.

The worst you get is a couple tweets about how you’re a dumb klutz. I get those every day!


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