Joe Jenkins

USC's Josh Shaw Admits To Lying About His Injury

Created on Aug. 27, 2014 7:45 PM EST

Southern Cal team captian Josh Shaw definitey has sustained two high ankle sprains. How the Trojan defensive back sustained those ankle sprains, however, remains something of a mystery.

All we know for sure is that Shaw didn't injure himself trying to save his nephew from drowning. He admitted to fabricating the whole story on Wednesday, according to

As a punishment for his lying ways, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian suspended the senior indefinitely from all team activities. 

Shaw originally claimed he was injured after he jumped from a second story balcony to save his nephew from drowning in a pool on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Things began to fall apart on Tuesday after school officals began receiving calls that questioned the validity of Shaw's claims.

"We are extremely disappointed in Josh," Sarkisian said in a statement released by the school. "He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story."

Shaw was slated to start at cornerback for the Trojans on Saturday against Fresno State. The Palmdale, Calif. native posted 67 tackles and four interceptions as a junior in 2013. 

The school did not disclose how the injury occured, but Shaw released a statement later saying only that he inured himself in a fall.

Shaw's fall from grace following this incident could wind up being the more painful of the two injuries.

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