The controversy surrounding USC cornerback Josh Shaw all unraveled Wednesday, after he admitted his story about jumping off a two-story balcony to rescue his nephew from a pool, injuring his ankles in the process, was all a lie. Shaw, who was recently named team captain of the USC Trojans, was suspended indefinitely from the team, reports CBS LA.
TMZ Sports’ Evan Rosenblum joined us once again this morning to give us more details on this strange story.
“USC is very upset with him right now because he embarrassed the school, he let the school got out on a limb and call him a hero and praise him, and now the school looks really, really bad,” said Evan. “We know there was a fight in the locker room Monday from other team mates who knew he was lying.”
Though Shaw admitted that he lied about his heroic rescue story, he hasn’t revealed how he actually did injure his ankles.
“There’s still a lot of unanswered questions in this case and he still hasn’t come clean about how he actually hurt his ankles, all he said was he fell,” said Evan. “I think they’re making a huge PR mistake and dragging this thing out. If they haven’t learned by now, the truth is going to come out at some point, then they got another thing coming.”
Before the truth came out, Evan notes that TMZ Sports got a tip that Shaw was named in a police report in downtown LA on Saturday, and may have been involved in a domestic violence incident between him and his girlfriend.
“There was incident between Josh and his girlfriend in a building in downtown Los Angeles, and she screamed, and someone in the area heard the scream and called police,” he said. However, he notes TMZ Sports called his attorney, Donald Etra, who was very clear that “there was absolutely no domestic violence” involved.
Evan says the next step in this controversy is to figure out how USC wants to handle the situation. Shaw has hired well-respected lawyer Donald Etra to represent him as this case plays out.
Hear more on the story in our full update with TMZ Sports’ Evan Rosenblum below.