Update (8/27 7:04 PM): Happy trails, Josh Shaw.
USC CB Josh Shaw suspended indefinitely for lying about incident involving nephew— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 27, 2014
Update (3:08 PM): Oh, boy. This just took a turn for the worst:
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
Did you hear the heroic story about how USC's cornerback, Josh Shaw, sustained two ankle injuries?
Just hours after being voted a team captain on Saturday, Shaw was attending a family function when he saw his 7-year-old nephew, who does not know how to swim, struggling in a nearby pool. Instinctively, Shaw jumped from a second-floor balcony onto concrete below and crawled into the pool where he was able to help his nephew to safety, according to a release from the school.
After getting his nephew to safety, Shaw made his way to a ladder and pulled himself from the water.
"I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew," Shaw said. "My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible."
Well, it appears Josh Shaw might have made the entire thing up to cover the true nature of his ankle injuries:
Steve Sarkisian said #USC has gotten calls today contradicting Josh Shaw story— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) August 26, 2014
Sarkisian said #USC will investigate Josh Shaw story. Shaw unavailable to media— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) August 26, 2014
Sources told me incident did not involve family party or rescuing nephew from pool. #USC investigating claims— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) August 26, 2014
It appears Josh Shaw could be about to learn a timeless lesson: the cover-up is always worse than the crime.