UPDATE: For two days now the world has been wondering just what happened on Saturday night when Josh Shaw claimed he rescued his nephew from drowning. We held off on writing anything about the incident until we had concrete answers because so many rumors were flying around. Now, it appears we have our answer.
Shaw has admitting to lying about saving his nephew and apparently he fell off of a balcony at his girlfriend’s apartment, which caused his injured ankles. Everyone close to the situation agrees that lying about this is completely out of character for Shaw and are just as puzzled as the rest of us. I guess Shaw didn’t want anyone to know he did something clumsy, so he lied about it.
As of now there is no evidence that he did anything criminal and reports that he was running from police when it happened have been shot down. The only person Shaw hurt in this whole incident is himself. He was a well-respected member of the USC football team. A team captain, a great student and a leader. The redshirt senior was considered one of the top cornerbacks in the country.
Obviously a lot of those things have changed with this whole affair and it will likely play itself out over the next few weeks. As of now, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian took the right action by suspending Shaw from team activities pending a further investigation.
USC cornerback Josh Shaw is out indefinitely after being injured while rescuing his seven-year-old nephew from drowning on Saturday night.
Shaw was at a family function at his cousin’s apartment near his hometown in Palmdale, California when he was standing on a second floor balcony and saw his nephew, who can’t swim, struggling in a pool below. With no other help nearby, Shaw jumped off the balcony and landed on the concrete below, injuring both his ankles.
Shaw then crawled into the pool and saved his nephew and, despite the pain, was able to grab the pool’s ladder and lift himself out of the water. His nephew, Carter, is reportedly “traumatized” but is physically fine. Shaw was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with two high ankle sprains. He had been named a team captain earlier on Saturday night at USC’s annual Salute to Troy dinner, and was set to be one of the team’s starting cornerbacks.
Shaw had the following to say about the incident:
“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew. My ankles really hurt, but I’m 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.”
After all the glowing praise I have heard about Shaw behind the scenes over the years this story doesn’t surprise me at all. Everyone around the USC program speaks about the senior in almost reverential tones. He is universally loved on campus and has been one of the team’s leaders since transferring to USC from Florida in 2012.
Shaw is a sociology major who was chosen to speak at the 2014 USC Student-Athlete Graduation Ceremony and gave a fantastic speech. He’s a great kid with a great head on his shoulders. He’s someone you can root for.
While Shaw likely won’t see the field before midseason thanks to his injuries, I can guarantee you he won’t wallow in self-pity. Until then he’ll likely become “Coach Shaw” and assist USC defensive backs coach Keith Heyward during practice and in meetings.
If you ever need an example of the best of what a student athlete can be, remember Josh Shaw.