Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – USC is currently investigating cornerback Josh Shaw’s claim that he sustained two high ankle sprains over the weekend after saving his drowning seven-year-old nephew.
Earlier, Shaw told USC that he injured himself jumping from a second-floor apartment balcony to the concrete below to rescue his nephew, who “cannot swim” and was in a pool “in distress without help nearby” Saturday.
Shaw said he rescued his nephew, who was traumatized by the experience.
However, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said they are looking into the authenticity of the story after receiving several calls questioning the validity of Shaw’s story.
“I’m going to refrain from talking about the situation itself,” Sarkisian said. “I will say that Josh had never given us any indication not to believe his story. He’s been a kid of very high character for us, a team leader, elected team captain. I had no reason not to believe him.
“Now, we did receive some calls that question the validity of his story. We’re vetting. We’re doing our due diligence on that as we speak,” he added.
Sarkisian said he and other athletic officials need more time to vet the situation.
“It’s important to know your players,” Sarkisian said. “Josh Shaw has been a good leader for us. he’s given me no reason to not believe what he told us occurred. But you need to know.”
There were reports that Shaw was injured during a burglary that happened on Aug. 23 at the residence of a woman who identified herself as Shaw’s girlfriend.
While police confirmed the incident, Sara Faden, Public Information Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, said no one pointed a finger at Shaw as a suspect.