USC Coach: Josh Shaw's 'Heroic' Rescue Story May Be Fake

| by Jonathan Wolfe

The story of USC football player Josh Shaw’s heroic rescue of his seven-year-old nephew is all over the news today.

Shaw was allegedly standing on a second floor balcony when he saw his young nephew drowning in a pool below. Then, without hesitation, he jumped from the balcony to save the child. According to a USC press release, he landed on concrete and injured both of his ankles. Then, “despite the intense pain in his legs,” he crawled into the water and saved his nephew.

Heroic, right? Not so fast. The story might be fake.

USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian said today that the school has received “numerous phone calls” that call into question the truth of Shaw’s story.

ESPN reporter Arash Markazi was on scene at USC today and sent out several tweets about coach Sarkisian’s surprising statements:

Sarkisian later said Shaw is a “good kid” and that he’ll believe his word unless it’s proven false. Still, when you hear Sarkisian talk it’s clear he’s not too confident in Shaw’s story. Here is the coach’s press conference from today. Start watching around the 4:55 mark to hear him talking about Shaw:

Also worth noting: Sarkisian says Shaw will not be available to the media until USC finishes looking into the story.

If Shaw did lie about saving his nephew, it begs the question: what is he trying to cover up? His ankles really are injured, so something happened. It’s just a matter of what. It’s obviously something he really didn’t want the public to know about.

We’ll keep you posted.


Sources: Josh Shaw was involved in an incident involving domestic abuse & jumped off a 3rd story window while running from LAPD. #USC

— Heather Brittany (@HeatherBrit) August 26, 2014

Sources: Washington Post, Arash Markazi, InsideUSC