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USC's Josh Shaw

HERO STORY IS A LIE

Suspended From Team

8/27/2014 3:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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3:59 PM PT -- There are rumblings that Josh Shaw concocted the story to distract attention from a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend.

But TMZ Sports spoke with Shaw's attorney Donald Etra and he is adamant, "There is absolutely NO domestic violence." 

He adds, "The real story has nothing to do with domestic violence."

Shaw has issued a statement through his lawyer ... saying, "I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part."

Shaw has not revealed the true reason behind the fall.  
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USC football player Josh Shaw admitted to USC officials that his story about heroically rescuing his nephew is a lie

In a statement, USC says ... "Shaw came to USC athletic department officials this afternoon (Wednesday, Aug. 27) and admitted that he had lied about how he suffered his ankle injuries over the weekend."

"He said that the story he told of rescuing his nephew in a pool in Palmdale, Calif., was a complete fabrication. He apologized for misleading his coaches, teammates, athletic department officials and the public."

USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian also issued a statement ... saying, "We are extremely disappointed in Josh. He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story."

Sarkisian continued, "I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized. Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him."

Sarkisian said that Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities.

USC says it regrets the posting of the initial story.

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118 COMMENTS

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1.

dreamon    

What a damn shame...

59 days ago
2.

kewljewl    

WTF? Who lies about stuff like that? Why lie about stuff like that? Uggg

59 days ago
3.

StarrVader    

(Gasp) ya don't say????

59 days ago
4.

Minnetonka40    

The story will come out he was out with his friends and participated in a Burglary and hurt his ankles jumping off a balcony alright.

59 days ago
5.

weLLibeDamn    

Suspended as if yall was paying him!! All that physical labor and school gives you back nothing.. Geesh

59 days ago
6.

Bonnie T    

Kick him off the team FOREVER! He doesn't deserve to be there.

59 days ago
7.

Uptoherewithit    

He later stated that a white cop pushed him off the balcony.

59 days ago
8.

Resurrection    

The Seattle Seahawks have just announced him as their new head coach.

59 days ago
9.

weLLibeDamn    

Wouldnt give him a day off!! Jobs are just the same. Tell the truth,you must come to work. Lie,you get your off day

59 days ago
10.

she    

Dumb sh*t.

59 days ago
11.

Stiletto    

Even when successful...they still cannot be honest.

59 days ago
12.

nukeeseballipari    

He saved manti teo's baby!

59 days ago
13.

Babycakes    

"USC says it regrets the posting of the initial story. Not as much as Josh regrets them posting it! What an asshat. He should be off the team and lose his scholarship. But hey maybe now he will have enough time to hit the books and get an education. Since clearly he is far too dumb to be a criminal.

59 days ago
14.

campy    

"Shaw came to USC athletic department officials...."

Sure he did. I'm sure that's exactly how it happened.

59 days ago
15.

watzitooya    

Yikes!

59 days ago
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