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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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61.

Mee    

Has he lost his mind? He is being impulsive and too emotional.
No one is perfect especially when they are young.

1415 days ago
62.

Mee    

KEEP IT AND SHUT-UP FOR NOW
GO ABOUT YOUR OTHER BUSINESS---dating & having fun

1415 days ago
63.

GUEST     

You BRO'S should KNOW BY NOW when you date or marry wht HO's YOU get DISGRACE, DISEASE, DISTRUCTION OR DEATH.

1414 days ago
64.

KAM    

He's cute/classy...still like him/Kim together.

1414 days ago
65.

Ben    

Don't worry Reggie, no one can deny your ability. The tapes of you running over people still exist. Give them the Heisman trophy. Your superbowl ring will keep you warm at night. It was the criminal coach's fault, that's why he ran away to the NFL before charges could be filed against him.

1414 days ago
66.

ushouldknow    

Bush took money that's something they all do but Bush got greedy. He took money promising to sign with a up and coming sports agency then when he changed his mind all they asked was for their money back Bush said screw you. That's when they started recording his step-father admiting that Bush took the money, He never was going to sign with them so he played them out. But instead of wallking away with nothing they bust the bubble. LOL!!! Bush just should have given the money back everyone would have kept their mouths shut. Bush has a black mark over him from no on. This will always be with him and to pay back what he owed is chump change to him GREED has taken down many men add Bush to that list.

1414 days ago
67.

jmac    

Reggie was a great player in college. Did he really deserve the heisman? no! He got beat in the National Championship by Vince Young. The Heisman commity should not let the trophy go vacant, the should give it to the guy with second highest votes.

1414 days ago
68.

griff    

I think its funny - a guy who makes a school millions in tickets sales and merch, who get a cut for his mom to live near the school, to get transportation and clothes has to give up something he worked for, didnt take drugs and got legit....but a guy who was tried for double homicide and is serving time for forcable confinment, gun possession and other charges can keep his....where are the "morals" they speak of.

1414 days ago
69.

joe    

One could spend six months researching crimes of black players in collegiate and professional sports who have been charged/ convicted with numerous crimes such as, Murder, DWI/w bodily injury, Illegal drug possession , rape, domestic violence, assault and battery, strong arm robbery, kidnapping and now the loss of the Heisman Trophy.

1414 days ago
70.

frank    

He gave it back, now shut up and move on.

1414 days ago
71.

tessa    

Taking the trophy does not take away the fact that he was the best. I think it's all BS too. Athletic politics at it's worst.

1414 days ago
72.

Jane    

"DISGRACED"? lol. Hardly.

1414 days ago
73.

Brenda    

Why would it take this long to determine that Reggie Bush should not have the trophy? Who gave the money to Bush and who else at the college received money? Are those adults who negotiated the deal for him to receive the money going to be punished, i.e., coaches, teachers, recruiters? To avoid the media making a mountain out of this, I would have returned the trophy also. This does not reflect on his abilities to be an excellent football player. Young people are used all the time for the pleasure or satisfaction of adults. Reggie was a very young man and I am sure he was not the one who initiated the deal. Is the school going to be placed on probation for something that happened five years ago? You people on here who are making negative remarks need to check your own lives.

1414 days ago
74.

Carvey    

Wow, O.J. brutally slaughtered two people and they didn't make him give his Heisman back.

1414 days ago
75.

Jules    

#77, OJ didn't kill those people while playing for USC. But Reggie & his family took hundreds of thousands of dollars from an agent during his 2004 and 2005 season at USC. Reggie broke the rules and should have been ineligible to play or win any award.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Reggie broke the rules so he didn't pursue with integrity. He shouldn't have even been a player yet he was good at hiding his activities. OJ was a model player when he won the award. OJ's transgressions occurred 26 years after he played college football.

1414 days ago
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