USC Player Lied About Heroic Injury

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USC Trojans Josh Shaw returns an interception over Hawaii Warriors offensive lineman Kapua Sai (front) and tight end Craig Cofer (obscured) as Hawaii's Joey Iosefa (2nd R) and USC's cornerback Ryan Dillard (R) run during the play in the second half of an NCAA football game in Los Angeles September 1, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

The University of Southern California has suspended cornerback Josh Shaw after the newly elected team captain admitted he made up a story about injuring himself by saving his nephew from drowning. The school said the suspension will last indefinitely. “We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” said USC Coach Steve Sarkisian in a statement. “He let us all down.” Shaw claimed that he hurt his ankles by jumping from the second-floor balcony of an apartment to save his nephew from drowning in a pool Saturday night. While the story quickly earned national attention, the media began questioning the account. Police later revealed that Shaw’s name appeared in a report from an incident at a downtown apartment that same night. The NCAA has a history of giving athletes preferential treatment, but USC appears to be taking a firm stance. “We were pretty shocked because Josh Shaw is a pretty loyal guy since he’s been here,” said junior defensive end Leonard Williams. “I would never expect him to make up a story or something like that.”