So Maybe Josh Shaw Didn’t Rescue That Kid After All

Remember last weekend when USC cornerback Josh Shaw made the news for injuring his ankles while rescuing his drowning nephew (see this Inquisitr article)? Well, it turns out that may not actually be what happened, according to ABC.

Shaw had claimed that he injured his ankles after jumping out of a second-floor balcony at an apartment complex. He said that his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, was struggling in the pool. Shaw was aiming for the pool, but instead hit the concrete, causing his injuries. He was able to rescue his nephew and make it out of the pool safely, according to his version of events.

Carter’s mother – Shaw’s sister, Asia – told ABC:

“My child is safe, and it’s because of Josh. I really do praise God and I just hope that he has a speedy recovery.”

Unfortunately for Josh Shaw, who was voted Team Captain last weekend, that claim is being called into question. Fox Sports reports that USC coach Steve Sarkisian has been getting phone calls that give a different version of events, and that the University is investigating.

“We’re looking at it. Josh is adamant with what occurred, and we’ll continue to vet some of the other stories that have come across our desk or across our phones, and see where we can go from there.”

Los Angeles Police Department Lieutenant Andy Newman has said that a man named Joshua Brown – not necessarily the USC player – was mentioned in a report about a break-in Saturday night at an L.A. apartment. IF – and as of this post, there is no reason to suspect any wrongdoing – Shaw were to be involved in something he shouldn’t have been involved in, he could be concocting the story of how he hurt his ankles.

Shaw is a fifth-year senior at USC who transferred from Florida, according to Fox Sports. He’s a team player and leads by example, and is not known for shenanigans on the field, or off the field. Other than some spirited speeches he’s been known to give to his teammates – not unusual in a college football program, by any means – Shaw has completely avoided any drama or negative publicity. Last season he four interceptions in 14 games, and is expected to be a starter for the Trojans, pending the outcome of his ankle injuries.


As of now, his injuries do not appear to be jeopardizing his season, although he has missed practices recently and is out “indefinitely,” according to Sarkisian.

“The X-Rays and MRIs we have taken on him have come back negative. So far, we don’t see anything structurally wrong with him, but he is very sore.”

Do you believe that Josh Shaw is telling the truth about how he injured his ankles? Let us know what you think below.

Update: Josh Shaw has confirmed that he did not, in fact, injure his ankles rescuing his drowning nephew, Fox News is reporting.

“I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. 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.”