By Charles Glover, Jr.
Breaking News: University of Southern California (USC) corner back Josh Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities after admitting that he lied about a story he told the team about injuring his ankles this past weekend. Shaw initially told coaches at USC that he suffered two sprained ankles after jumping over a balcony into pool to save his 7-year old cousin from drowning. Now, Shaw admits he made up the entire story.
USC head coach Steve Sarkisian spoke to reporters Tuesday and said that the school had received several calls questioning the authenticity of Shaw’s story and had been investigating the matter. On Wednesday, Sarkisian issued a statement on the matter:
“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.”
Shortly after USC issued its statement, Shaw’s attorney released his own statement in which Shaw said he injured himself “in a fall.”
“I made up a story about this fall that was untrue,” Shaw said. “I was wrong not to tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part. My USC coaches, The USC Athletic Department, and especially coach Sarkisian have all been supportive of me during my college career and for that, I am very grateful.” More details of the story will emerge in the near future surrounding the actual details that actually caused Shaw’s injuries.–OnPointPress.net–
Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant.