Report: USC Investigating Josh Shaw's 'Heroism' After Receiving 'Contradictory' Calls

Report: USC Investigating Josh Shaw's 'Heroism' After Receiving 'Contradictory' Calls

USC is reportedly investigating the story of star cornerback Josh Shaw allegedly spraining both of his ankles after jumping from a second-floor balcony to save his drowning nephew over the weekend.

That was the story on Monday that took the sports world by storm.

But it may not be true.

Scott Wolf, who covers the team for the Los Angeles Daily News, Tweeted that USC head coach Steve Sarkisian has “gotten calls today contradicting” Shaw’s story and the school is “investigating” the claims. Wolf said his sources believe the “incident did not involve” a “family party” or “rescuing nephew from pool.”

“Josh Shaw, first and foremost, is a good person and a good kid. He came to us with what had occurred Saturday night. I have no reason and no history to not believe Josh and his story of what has occurred,” Steve Sarkisian said Tuesday, according to CBS Sports. “Obviously within the last few hours or so we’ve gotten a few phone calls contradicting what Josh said occurred on Saturday night, so we’re going to continue to vet it. We’re looking at it, but beyond that I only know what I know.”

Shaw, a team captain and a top NFL prospect, said on Monday that he would do it again if he had to. 

“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw told USC’s website. “My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world.  I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.”


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