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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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31.

missy    

Well they can take back the Trophy but they can't take his talent from him. He is a great player & will earn records & respect in his career. It's too bad he & the school at this time, is being punished for what was offered to him by heads of the team at that time. I think any of us at that age would make the same decision he did. This does not make him a bad person. They should be targeting the coaching staff personel from 5 years ago!

1408 days ago
32.

Mack    

So!!! He paid now. Forget that school and trophy and NCAA Reggie. Get that money!Bump them haters bringing up old ish.U in the league now!!!

1408 days ago
33.

Grapmdkos    

A trophy in the hand is worth two in the bush.

1408 days ago
34.

studrail    

Verga!!!

1408 days ago
35.

kwajlady    

I want to see him hand it over to Vince Young personally!

1408 days ago
36.

timsami    

Reggie.. You,your greedy Mother and Step Father need to figure out a way to "Pay Forward" your fans that you so terribly let down. No Hall of Fame for you!

1408 days ago
37.

Areader    

He gives it back big deal! All those NCAA Division schools are dirty, some just don't get caught! Why do you think Pete Carroll bailed out and went back to the NFL?

Hey Reggie, at least you can say to the Heisman committee..."When's the last time Kim Kardashian sucked the chrome of your bumpers"

1408 days ago
38.

Scotty    

Reggie clamped up when asked about the Heisman controversy because he didn't have his lawyers with him. His statement sound like legalese to me.

1408 days ago
39.

Ned    

Reggie! Just keep doing what you do best! Working for you money!

1408 days ago
40.

janis    

#17. Justin, my thoughts exactly! I love all these "moral" people. What about the sleeze who offer these kids the good life? He doesn't need the trophy. He has proven himself!

1408 days ago
41.

dssssi    

He was the most electrifying player 5 yrs ago...but I totally agree with the NCAA....he was ineligible. He took hundred of thousands in "benefits" from a prospective agent, denied it for 4 1/2 yrs, sued by the agent who gave the money - Reggie settled before trial. Found guilty by the NCAA, hhe was declared ineligible for the yr he won the Heisman, USC had to forfeit the games he played, USC AD fired, USC returns their Heisman and the media was on "full court press" with Reggie. The Heisman Trust commitee was to meet tonight and possibly vote ( 6-2 against Reggie would mean they would take it away)...so Reggie's PR people got in front before a vote..wrote a statement and gave it back. He is a "true" saint...and a liar who got caught.

1408 days ago
42.

Saints fan    

Someone should investigate how much money the NCAA made off of Reggie Bush and other players like him.

Take your stupid trophy and shove it where the sun don't shine because you can't take his talent or his Superbowl ring away from him! Who Dat!!!!

1408 days ago
43.

Throwback kid    

A total bust as an NFL player! still living off his USC rep. He hasn't come close to making a Pro Bowl, he is a #1 draft pick who has not delivered.

He said he wants to be league MVP? he isn't even one of the best players on his team. Drew Brees and Jeremy Shockey are both players that have been to the Pro Bowl, something Reggie has not been able to do.

Reggie and Kim Kardashian were perfect for eachother, two over hyped people who are in love with themselves.

1408 days ago
44.

Janet    

Old Grandma Kris could sense this was going to happen to her dearest black ball player, oh, I mean Reggie. Therefore, she had to get old Kimmie away from Reggie before he fell from grace, forbidding Kimmie from being in a relationship with him. ~ Maybe when O.J. gets out of jail, Granny Kris could make Kimmie go out with him. Then Kimmie could foul another grandchild for her!

1408 days ago
45.

Tara    

Hay, wait a minute, personally, I could care less, but Bush returns the Heisman Trophy and OJ kills two people and retains his? WTF

Amazing isn't it....Go USC

1408 days ago
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