Josh Shaw story a fake

USC and Josh Shaw released statements admitting that the "hero" story disseminated on Monday by the university was a "complete fabrication."

Here is the statement from USC:

--Josh Shaw ADMITS TO USC OFFICIALS THAT HE LIED

LOS ANGELES—USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw came to USC athletic department officials this afternoon (Wednesday, Aug. 27) and admitted that he had lied about how he suffered his ankle injuries over the weekend.

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.

“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.”

Sarkisian said that Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities.

Shaw has retained Donald Etra as legal counsel. Etra will issue a statement on Shaw’s behalf soon.

USC regrets the posting of the initial story on Monday (Aug. 25).



Here is the statement sent out from Josh Shaw's attorney, Law Offices of Donald Etra:

The Trojans kick the season off August 30 in the Coliseum against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Stay tuned to USCFootball.com for all the latest news and information.

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