Josh Shaw May Have Made Up That Heroism Story: USC Investigating

  • Rick Chandler

Ah man, that was such an inspiring tale: but it may have been too good to be true. USC defensive back and captain Josh Shaw supposedly leaped off of a second-story balcony, spraining both ankles, to rescue his 7-year-old nephew from drowning in a pool during a family party on Saturday.

We wrote about it here. But now there seem to be “conflicting reports” about how Shaw’s injuries occurred, and Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian says the school is investigating.

Steve Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News:

According to sources, USC was contacted by at least one source and told Josh Shaw’s injury did not involve saving his nephew from a swimming pool and may not have even occurred in Palmdale.

USC is investigating these claims. Sources said USC was told the incident happened in Los Angeles and Shaw’s family was not involved.

TMZ is reporting that Shaw was named in a burglary report in downtown Los Angeles near the USC campus on Saturday night, but also that Shaw is not actually suspected of burglary. Other than that, everything is speculation.

Sarkisian, via Breitbart:

“Josh Shaw, first and foremost, is a good person and a good kid. He came to us with what had occurred Saturday night. I have no reason and no history to not believe Josh and his story of what has occurred,” Steve Sarkisian said Tuesday, according to CBS Sports. “Obviously within the last few hours or so we’ve gotten a few phone calls contradicting what Josh said occurred on Saturday night, so we’re going to continue to vet it. We’re looking at it, but beyond that I only know what I know.”

Shaw made a big deal of this, don’t forget: saying on Monday that he’d “do it again, even if it wasn’t my nephew.” Wow. We’ll keep you posted. There are many rumors circulating on what really happened: if, that is, Shaw wasn’t telling the truth. We’re not going to partake.