Liar, liar pants on fire! When University of Southern California’s star Trojans cornerback Josh Shaw (pictured) went public with a story about how he injured both ankles leaping from a second-story apartment balcony to save his 7-year-old drowning nephew, the media had a field day heralding the young football player as a hero. Unfortunately, now the once-Superman is being looked upon as a blatant liar, since reportedly coming clean on Wednesday that the story about his heroics was totally fabricated, according to NFL.com.
USC has suspended Shaw indefinitely as a result of his alleged confession and apology. According to USC Trojans’ coach Steve Sarkisian, Shaw let down quite a few people with his made up story and told The Ripsit:
“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 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.”
Shaw, who is the captain of his team and a senior at the school, took his daring story to the university, and they in turn relayed it to the campus’ blog, The Ripsit. As soon as the story appeared in the blog, it spread like wildfire, as news outlets praised the young football star, whose action-hero antics caused injury to his limbs all to save a young relative flailing in the water.
In another twist, the now-disgraced player was also just named in a police report obtained by TMZ on Tuesday but was not labeled a suspect in an alleged off-campus break-in.
Since his admission, Shaw has hired a criminal defense lawyer and released the following statement:
“On Saturday August 13, I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my 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.”
According to The Ripsit, USC regrets having publicized Shaw’s story and has since suspended him indefinitely from all team activities.