USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw told the lie of the decade when he said he injured his ankles last Saturday after jumping down a two-story balcony to save his nephew from drowning. Shaw admitted the story wasn’t true on Wednesday and was suspended indefinitely. Shaw had officially gone from hero to zero.
Yet, Shaw might not be done playing at USC. Head coach Steve Sarkisian said on Thursday that Shaw could return to the team at some point.
From Greg Beacham of the AP:
”Obviously there’s some other things that need to take place,” Sarkisian said Thursday after USC’s practice. ”But in the meantime, he’s got to take care of his health and take care of himself, and when the time is right to bring him back, we will.”
This seems fair. While Shaw’s lie was terrible, it’s probably not the type of thing that should cost him his entire senior season, unless it turns out the cornerback was involved in criminal activity on Saturday. That could obviously change things. TMZ Sports reported Shaw was named in burglary report that night (he was not a suspect).
There are also rumors circulating that Shaw was involved in a domestic dispute.
Sources: Josh Shaw was involved in an incident involving domestic abuse & jumped off a 3rd story window while running from LAPD. #USC
— Heather Brittany (@HeatherBrit) August 26, 2014
Sarkisian, like the rest of us, said he is unaware of how exactly Shaw suffered the injuries.
Shaw accumulated 67 tackles and four interceptions last season.