Josh Shaw comes clean to USC

There was no jumping in the pool. There was no rescuing of his nephew.

Josh Shaw lied.

The USC captain came clean Wednesday afternoon, via a press release through his attorney, Donald Etra.

"On Saturday August 23, 2014, I injured myself in a fall," the release said. "I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part."

As a result, Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities.

Aside from mentioning a fall, he didn’t give much else that would clue us in on how he sustained two high-ankle sprains.

The story of Shaw being a hero took a drastic left turn Tuesday morning, when head coach Steve Sarkisian announced the university received phone calls contradicting the story Shaw told those at USC.

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The original story portrayed Shaw to be a hero, jumping from a balcony to rescue his seven-year-old nephew, who can’t swim, from a pool.

Sarkisian said he believed Shaw. The senior, who is widely known as a high-character individual, was voted a team captain Saturday night.

However, because of the contradicting phone calls, the university had to open up its investigation.

Ultimately, it was Shaw coming clean Wednesday.

"I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized," Sarkisian said in a statement. "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."