The story of USC defensive back Josh Shaw has taken a wild turn
- Published: Tuesday, 26 August 2014 14:35
- by Zach Barnett
Less than 24 hours ago, USC announced that defensive back and team captain Josh Shaw had injured himself while jumping off of a second-story balcony to save his nephew from drowning.
Here is USC's version of events:
Shaw was called a hero, not only by the media or Trojans fans, but by his own head coach. "That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside. But that's the kind of person he is," Steve Sarkisian said in a press release. "It is unfortunate that he'll be sidelined for a while and we will miss his leadership and play, but I know he'll be working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible."
Hold your horses there, USC.
One USC athletic department official: "Sark doesn't say what he said today if he believed Shaw's story. No one does now."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 26, 2014
"Within the last few hours or so we've gotten a few phone calls contradicting what Josh said occurred Saturday night, so we're going to continue to vet it. And we're looking at it," Sarkisian said. "But beyond that, I only know what I know, and Josh is adamant that that occurred, and we'll continue to vet some of the other stories that have come across our desk and across our phones and see where we can go from there."
Sarkisian was then asked who called USC denying Shaw's version of events, and he declined to answer and asked the media to give USC time to vet the story "so we can give you a really solid answer instead of hearsay or more of what might have occurred or what might didn't occur."
When you trot out a player's so-called heroic actions as "the kind of person he is" - and then the story turns out to be embellished, misrepresented or flat out false - you then beg the question of "Well, what type of person is he really?" Credit to USC for being out in front of this story but, then again, if they hadn't rushed to call Shaw a hero in the first place, they wouldn't be dealing with this p.r. crisis, and the tweets you see below, in the first place.
Ok, fine, the truth: The USC kid hurt himself carrying nuns from a burning convent. — Steve Greenberg (@SLGreenberg) August 26, 2014
Josh Shaw could be a cautionary tale for schools looking to serve as THE primary outlet for news. USC reported 1st — Chip Patterson (@Chip_Patterson) August 26, 2014
Maybe it was a metaphorical nephew. — Spencer Hall (@edsbs) August 26, 2014
If only the Lane Kiffin era at USC had also been fake. — Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 26, 2014
Re: Josh Shaw, radiologist who’s seen tons of athlete X-rays and MRIs told me it’s very uncommon to see sprains as a result of blunt trauma. — The Solid Verbal (@SolidVerbal) August 26, 2014
If Lennay Kekua makes her way into the Josh Shaw story, I'm giving up the college football beat. — Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) August 26, 2014
And USC may be trying to one-up Notre Dame's fake dead girlfriend with a fake drowning nephew? Now that's a rivalry — Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) August 26, 2014
The Stanford band is frantically rewriting its halftime show for next week.— Dan Greenspan (@DanGreenspan) August 26, 2014
There were red flags early. USC saying Shaw wouldn't talk, family wouldn't talk and Sark wouldn't talk about it until after foootball q's.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 26, 2014