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Reggie Bush -- I'm Forfeiting My Heisman Trophy

9/14/2010 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Reggie Bush is gonna have a lot of free space on his mantle -- because the disgraced former USC running back says he's decided to "forfeit" his 2005 Heisman Trophy.

Regiie Bush Heisman Trophy

Bush just released a statement through the New Orleans Saints in which he explains, "Each individual carries the legacy of the award and each one is entrusted with its good name ... It is for these reasons that I have made the difficult decision to forfeit my title as Heisman winner of 2005."

Bush added, "The persistent media speculation regarding allegations dating back to my years at USC has been both painful and distracting.  In no way should the storm around these allegations reflect in any way on the dignity of this award, nor on any other institutions or individuals.  Nor should it distract from outstanding performances and hard-earned achievements either in the past, present or future."

Just a few days ago, Reggie clamped up when we asked him about the Heisman controversy in New York.
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FYI -- Bush is the first player to ever return the award.

Reggie's decision comes in the wake of a report that the Heisman committee was going to strip him of the title in the near future.

UPDATE: Bush is already addressing the issue on his Twitter page -- saying, "Now that this is behind me I look forward to the future and winning more awards and championships here in New Orleans! Who Dat!"

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16.

Reggie    

One word: Douchebag!

1464 days ago
17.

justin    

are you people for real!?!?!? picture yourself a college student..some guy offers you a bmw and some money for your pocket, whooo in their right minds wouldnt't accept that? really... i know its against the rules blah blah, look at ncaa basketball, shaq made more money in college then in the first 3 years of his nba career. we need to stop the *******s that give these kids money.not a kid with no money, no car..in football no matter if your reggie bush or tim couch your not garunteed anything, so take it while you can, one hit in practice and all the money and houses are gone...get real people ask any college kid if they want a bmw, see how fast they say yes!...

1464 days ago
18.

calipag    

He was the greatest player that year; nothing has changed! "Disgraced" come on TMZ get a grip. Vince Young dosen't nor did he deserve that award but he'll take it because he'll NEVER get a superbowl ring. Oh, that's right Reggie already has one of those too!

1464 days ago
19.

Q    

Why is it the Colored that keep causing problems in Sports and Society? Will they ever learn? No, really---what do folks think, when you see so many incarcerated, out of wedlock births, drugs, is this Culture and Race going the way of the Native American---mired in Alchoholism and despair, only the Colored, its debauchery and violence.

Shouldnt they have made more progress since so much has been given to them? I just wonder, thats all. I dont disliked the Colored in the least, just worried about that Race's survivability in North America.

1464 days ago
20.

jmv0859    

Have Reggie Bush Call you!

http://www.celebritiescallyou.com/reggiebush

1464 days ago
21.

Truth    

WHO CARESSS. HE KEEPS THE SUPERBOWL RING. SO WHAT'S THE POINT OF GIVING BACK A "COLLEGE" AWARD WHEN HE ALREADY WON THE PRO CHAMPIONSHIP?? EXACTLY... NOT LIKE HE'S CRYING OVER SPILT MILK!!

1464 days ago
22.

The G.O.L.    

Many, shall learn: Play a dirty game, pay the dirty cost (c)

1464 days ago
23.

pink floyd    

hey reggie go sell crazy some place else....were all stocked up here...

1464 days ago
24.

stevie d    

I dont know why they were going to take it away. He still had a HEISMAN season. He didnt cheat or take steroids.

1464 days ago
25.

Stacey    

Just selfishness that's all it was.

And he DID NOT GIVE IT BACK - it was the same day they had a meeting about taking it from him and trust me they were taking it from him. I would not report he "gave" it back.

If he gave it back the first week the story originally came out then he would have been giving it back.

S

1464 days ago
26.

Debbidy73    

We have so many more important things going on in the world and yet everyone pittles around with this little triffle. The world is in a sad state, Obama is running us into the ground, he's given permission for the very fraction that caused 9-11, to build on the 9-11 site, a slap in the face to Americans and all we seemed concerned with is Reggie Bush and his trophy. People.......GET YOUR HEADS OUR OF THE SAND AND WAKE UP AND PAY ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!

1464 days ago
27.

wHY    

Please ---- he is not forfieting anything, it is being taken away...hello Reggie

1464 days ago
28.

deb    

TMZ its CLAMMED up, not CLAMPED up. Thats my contribution to this story. Reggie is an ass.

1464 days ago
29.

Laura    

oh well he has a Superbowl Championship ring!!! WHO DAT!!!!!

1464 days ago
30.

Y do he got    

this same old smit been going on forever pay thier costs if they are good,above the table.Now it`s just ho`s4 players and staff from overseas and some cars and bs.Rate the players pay them make it all legal and good not some thungies& coverups

1464 days ago
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